Joseph Doty's Sept. 27 Community Voices article on Measure J should be subjected to a thorough fact-check. Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions, but not their own set of “facts." Doty’s "con" argument is a con.
If his “facts” were true, why would Kyle Carter and Karen Goh, our candidates for mayor of Bakersfield, endorse Measure J?
If Doty’s “facts” were true, why would the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, and the African-American and Hispanic chambers of commerce endorse Measure J?
California law and Measure J both state, “No funds can be used for faculty or administrator salaries. All funds must be spent on facilities."
Returning veterans know that Bakersfield College provides a quality, affordable education close to home. But they have special needs different than students coming directly from high school. Measure J provides $10 million for a veterans center to tend to those needs.
Measure J states that 100 percent of the funds raised in Kern County will go to Bakersfield College and Cerro Coso Community College to meet their needs, and 100 percent of the funds raised in Tulare County will go to Porterville College to meet its needs. No funds will go to Inyo County because its Board of Supervisors opted out.
The Kern County Taxpayers Association supports Measure J because of the innovative finance structure that creates the lowest interest cost in the history of school bonds in California.
There is no opposition statement against Measure J on the official ballot Nov. 8.
These are the facts.
— Bill Thomas, Bakersfield