along Gisler Avenue. The observer yelled at the individual, asking
him what he was doing. The individual threw the signs he was carrying
into nearby bushes and quickly re-entered his Dodge Ram truck, making
a U-turn and speeding away down Country Club Drive. The resident
recognized the truck, which had been seen in the vicinity of his
business on several occasions.
The saddest footnote of all is that a passenger accompanying the
driver during the above event of Oct. 2 was a young, school age boy.
This young person, quite possibility the son of the driver, is
getting the worst kind of education. At a very early, impressionable
age, he is learning from a close role model that unscrupulous
behavior in politics is OK whenever you wish to achieve your goals.
I am sad, rather than angry about the signs. We should be looking
to the voice of the people to decide on the leadership of our city,
yet individuals are intent on interrupting our process of elections.
We deplore the deadly attacks on voters in Afghanistan and Iraq, but
these actions have exactly the same intent, that of undermining the
election process. It is unfortunate that they are happening in our
own back yard.
Let's hope that the people responsible come forth or are
identified, not for the purpose of punishment, but to bring an end to
this type of activity. Let's have our election decided in a public
forum, not by sneaky, underhanded acts.
* EDITOR'S NOTE: Mirna Burciaga is a candidate for Costa Mesa City