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While it is certainly not perfect, Californias Prop 65 law (Prop 65 made for lawyers of the worst kind Sierra Sun Law Review Column, May 25 2006) has been used by responsible layers and public interest groups to create important safeguards that have protected millions of children from cancer-causing chemicals, lead poisoning, and other toxic exposures. In ten years of public interest litigation, our organization has helped bring changes in entire industries, including helping to eliminate the use of arsenic-treated wood in childrens playground equipment, and ending the threat of lead poisoning in childrens jewelry. In fact, our work in California using Prop 65 to stop the lead jewelry threat helped prompt the largest product recall in U.S. history, when the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that 150,000 pieces of potentially lead-tainted jewelry would be removed from gumball machines nationwide. Numerous incidents of children suffering serious lead poisonings from chewing on or swallowing jewelry have been reported in the past, so we are gratified that our recent Prop 65 settlement with over eighty national retailers and manufacturers of childrens jewelry requires them to produce safer jewelry for children in California, providing a strong incentive for them to make this change nationally and even globally. Charles MargulisCenter for Environmental HealthOakland

Tom Anderson knows the value of the law and its limitations and its potential. He participates in thePeer Court and it appears that court hasa 100 percent success rate with 0 percent recidivism and he alsoparticipates in the Mental Health Court in Nevada County, which appears to have an 80 percent success rate with 20 percent recidivism.The Nevada County Bar Association deemed him best qualified of the six candidates running for Nevada County Superior Court Judge.It’s said that in Truckee a candidate confirms his/her sincerity by meeting and greeting the community in the hot sun. Tom Anderson has stood outside the downtown post office in both the hot sun and freezing cold. He is endorsed by Barbara Green,our Vice-Mayor Richard Anderson (no relation) and our Mayor BethIngalls. Lists of law enforcement professionals, judges, the retired Nevada County District Attorney, professionals in the Public Defenders office, doctors and mental health professionals, most every teacher and soccer mom in Nevada City endorse this dream of American justice, family man, Tom Anderson. I personally know Tom and his beautiful family and believe he is part of the solution. Please vote for him for Superior Court Judge on June 6.Mary FolckTruckee

Sierra College Trustees Aaron Klein and Jerry Simmons deem efforts to recall them as politically motivated. This is nicer than their underhanded stiffing of former college president Kevin Ramirez.When you play with fire you sometimes get burned; what goes around comes around aptly applies to Republican lackeys Klein and Simmons. Are these two small-time pols (fish) any different than the corrupt leadership of the GOP in Washington? Klein and Simmons outright lied to unseat Ramirez from office; they deserve a similar fate for their thugery.Ron Lowe Grass Valley