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Dear Editor,An NCN “Government responds to the US Embassy” report on the evening of April 29, 2019 presented the General Secretary of the People’s National Congress, Minister Amna Ally’s pathetic response to the US Embassy’s “objection, in the strongest terms, to the actions taken in the National Assembly to pay homage to former Member of Parliament Abdul Kadir, who was convicted of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism on US soil”.In her response, the GS trivialized the significance of the objections not just of the US Administration but of all decent minded Guyanese. How could the General Secretary of the PNC not comprehend that this was an MP who was sentenced for a serious crime against humanity and therefore forfeited his rights as a former parliamentarian to be honoured. The GS dismissed the outcry of the majority of Guyanese and the statements by the diplomatic representatives of the USA, the UK and the European Union which have all suffered as a result of terrorist acts. Coming on the recent terrorist acts committed in Sri Lanka and New Zealand, the statements by the GS of the PNC and her government that it “regrets the interpretation by the US Embassy” demonstrates the callous and opportunistic nature of the government and its leaders.This is in sharp contrast to the PPP press release dated April 27, 2019 which recognized that the passage of the motion in the National Assembly on April 26th, 2019 put an “indelible stain on our people and national character that will not be forgiven or forgotten by those who have suffered at the hands of international terrorism.”The PNC and the APNUAFC government brought the National Assembly into disrepute and the entire nation under international scrutiny. One also has to ask how was this motion allowed by the Speaker when so many Opposition motions of national importance such as the rice industry, Wales Estate closure, the economy, for example, were disallowed ? Surely the Speaker could not have been so naïve? He could have used his pen to strike out the motion as he did before.Minister Ally’s banal attempt to split hairs and do damage control by saying that the government only spoke about him as a parliamentarian and not as a terrorist leaves one dumbfounded. Her callous assurance that the “sympathy motion that was passed in the National Assembly for its late member Abdul Kadir, who was convicted of a terrorist act in the US, in no way supports terrorism” is an insult to Guyanese and to all victims of terrorism across the world.The GS then most deceptively tried to cover up her government’s shame by drawing a comparison between former Minister and MP Ronald Gajraj and Mr. Kadir. Let us put the facts in case the PNC believes they can continue to kafuffle the public with impunity.First of all, Gajraj was never charged, arrested, convicted or sentenced for terrorism or terrorist activities in Guyana, or, elsewhere, or, for any crime anywhere. Mr. Kadir was. Judge Irizarry at the time of his trial stated that “There can be no doubt whatsoever that the offences for which Mr. Kadir was convicted are about as serious as they come, short of actual murder,” In contrast, the Commission of Inquiry appointed by then President Jagdeo–which Brigadier David Granger was a member—to investigate allegations of extra-judicial killings, demanded by the then PNC opposition, exonerated Minister Ronald Gajraj. The GS in spinning this web of deception goes on to claim that there was a similar motion tabled in honour of former Minister and MP Ronald Gajraj. Mr. Gajraj passed on December 15, 2018 and since then there has been no motion tabled or debated in the National Assembly on Mr. Gajraj. At the January 3, 2019 sitting, it is reported that there was one minute silence for 3 former MPs, Heralall Mohan, Ronald Gajraj and Abdul Kadir.Following the US Embassy statement, the government should have issued an unequivocal apology to the US Administration and to other nations which have suffered as a result of terrorism and terrorist activities and continue to be under threat.In fact, no nation is safe as we have also experienced in Guyana. The trail of Abdul Kadir provided that insight to our own vulnerability at that time.The FBI Archives (U.S. Attorney’s Office ( NY Eastern District) December 15, 2010, revealed that “At trial, “Kadir, a former member of the Guyanese parliament, admitted that he regularly passed information to Iranian authorities about sensitive topics, including the Guyanese military, and believed himself bound to follow fatwas from Iranian religious leaders. On June 2, 2007, Kadir was arrested in Trinidad aboard a plane headed to Venezuela, en route to Iran. He was subsequently extradited to the United States”. Furthermore, “Kadir admitted under cross-examination that he drafted regular reports for the Iranian ambassador to Venezuela, including details like the “low morale” in the Guyanese army. The documents he allegedly drafted included a five-year development plan to promote Islam in Guyana, which included references to infiltrating the military, police and other government agencies.”So not only did the Government offend the USA and all nations who have suffered from terrorism but simultaneously offended all Guyanese. Here was a person who violated the constitution art 155 (1) (a) that a person was disqualified to be a member of the National Assembly who had “any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power”. Kadir by his action and admissions in court did have allegiance to a foreign power. While one must remember this same article has been interpreted by the Guyana judiciary as the reason given for the removal of parliamentarians with dual citizenship, it also refers to Guyanese citizens who are accused of spying, treason and undermining the security of a nation.Surely it must have concerned the Commander in Chief President Granger that the Guyana National Assembly was honouring a man who spied on his country, including the very Guyana Defence Force which he had previously headed, and, sent reports to a representative of foreign state? Surely it should have struck the President that under his government’s Anti-Terrorism Act Kadir would have been charged with treason?But then maybe one should not be surprised, as the PPP statement of April 27, 2019 pointed out“The PNC has a history of honoring and exonerating violent criminals. Linden ‘Blackie’ London whose reign of terror ended when he was killed in a shootout with law enforcement services of Guyana, was honored by PNC leaders, who infamously draped Blackie’s coffin with Guyana’s national flag, the Golden Arrowhead. In addition, the five prison escapees who wreaked havoc and were responsible for murder, mayhem and an unprecedented crime wave, were dubbed ‘freedom fighters’ by many leaders of the PNC.The Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (COI), during which the father of a sitting Minister was its lone Commissioner and the brother of another Minister its legal counsel, was aimed at “exonerating” Rondell “Fineman” Rawlins. All of these actions show a pattern of association and glorification of homegrown terrorists.”The main objective of the same Commission was to point the finger and blame the Guyana Defence Force and the Guyana Police Force for the Lindo Creek massacre.One must also not forget that the kidnapping and the grotesque murder of the Iranian Cleric, Imam Ibrahemi in 2004 remains a mystery. The Imam was associated with Kadir and the mosque he set up in Georgetown. The link between Kadir and the “Buxton gang” and international terrorists is/was known to several leading former members of the security services and leaders of the present day PNC and AFC. Maybe the Guyana Police Force should re-open this cold case and others of the 2002-2008 era.I have tried to comprehend why the APNUAFC government would take such a risky and reckless action and more disturbing such a cold hearted reaction to the US, UK and EU statements. l can only wonder if this motion, being brought 6 months after Kadir passed, was merely a desperate attempt by the PNC to win back sections of the Kadir family and disillusioned supporters in Linden back to the PNC fold.If l am right –and l hope that l am wrong —that the government would risk our nation’s image and place us under additional international scrutiny as a “defender of terrorists” for such self-serving and opportunist reasons, then, all Guyanese, must call on the government to resign forthwith. They have betrayed our people, our constitution and rule of law repeatedly but this one is unforgiveable.Sincerely,Gail Teixeira
In this year’s Annual Address to the National Legislature, the Commander-In-Chief (C-I-C) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf disclosed to the Nation government’s plan to nominate Liberians as Chief of Staff (COS) deputy COS, and Brigade Commander. That plan by the government came to pass on February 4, 2014; when C-I-C Sirleaf released the names of the three nominees, Colonel Daniel Dee Ziankahn, Jr. (now Brig/Gen), Colonel Eric Wamu Dennis for the AFL positions of COS and deputy COS and the Brigade Commander, Prince Charles Johnson, III respectively. Through that promotion, Johnson now becomes Lieutenant Colonel P.C. Johnson, III.The three soldiers are now at the helm of the AFL as the first Liberian officers in charge since the post-war era. General Suraj Alao Abdurrahman, the Nigerian Command Officer-In-Charge of the AFL, turned over the position to the current Commander-In-Chief on Armed Forces Day, February 11, at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) during a colorful ceremony. Prior to their nomination by the President to the Liberian Senate, the three officers had met all requirements necessary, including advanced and strategic training at various military institutions. Their deportment and discipline had been highly commended by the country’s international partners involved in restructuring of the AFL.The nominations were then made in keeping with Article 54, Section E, of the Liberian Constitution, which authorizes the President, who is also the C-I-C of the AFL, to nominate— with the consent of the Senate— appoint and commission members of the military from the rank of Lieutenant or equivalent and above.These Liberian soldiers that were promoted to those positions have amassed an impressive set of individual qualifications in addition to meeting the required benchmarks for the job.So, Who is the New Brigade Commander, Lt/Colonel Prince Charles Johnson, III ?Lt/Col. P.C. Johnson, III, is an infantry officer in the new AFL. He had previously served the AFL for eight years since enlistment into the force in September 2007. Col. Johnson was born on July 12, 1976, in Monrovia, Montserrado County. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant upon the completion of the Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 2007.Since his commissioning ceremony, Col. Johnson held several positions within the AFL. Some of the positions included: Chief of Operations, Headquarters of the AFL; deputy Chief of Operations; Chief of Logistics; and Military Assistant (MA) to the Minister of National Defense, Brownie Jeffery Samukai, Jr. He was also Assistant Brigade Operations Officer (S3), 2nd Battalion Executive Officer; Company commander and a Platoon Commander.Academic AchievementsLt/Col. Johnson holds a post graduate certificate in public sector management from the Institute for Public Administration and Management (IPAM) in 2010 from the University of Sierra Leone, Freetown; a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Accounting from the United Methodist University (UMU)-2004 in Monrovia, Liberia. Since then, Col. Johnson has had the opportunity to attend several other military courses including the United States (US) Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in Fort Leavenworth, Kansa, USA-2011/12; the Infantry Mechanized Company Commander Course (MCCC) in Shijiazaugh Hebei Province, China-2010; the Junior Staff Course (JSC) Horton Military Academy, Freetown, Sierra Leone-2010; and the Infantry Young Officer Course at the Nigeria Army School of Infantry in Jaji Kaduna, Nigeria 2008. Additionally, Col. Johnson has attended several other seminars including the United States African Center for Strategic Studies Managing Security Resources in Africa Certificate, Washington DC, USA. This was held from November 3-10, 2012, and Senior Military Leadership Seminar Certificate also in Washington DC, USA held from June 16-29, 2012. He has received several awards, some of which include the First Place Award Junior Staff Course (JSC) IMATT, Freetown, Sierra Leone; Best International Student Award-YOC, Jaji Kaduna, Nigeria; Distinguished Graduate Award-OCS, Monrovia, Liberia; and the Best Leadership Award-Advance Individual Training (AIT, Monrovia-Liberia. Brigade Commander, Lt/Col. P.C. Johnson, III, is happily married to Catarina Fabiansson; a union that is now blessed with thier sons Charlie and Leo. Johnson’s hobbies include playing soccer, traveling, and eating exotic foods at foreign restaurants. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Former PM Hinds speaking at the launchCentennial Committee head Horace JamesThis year is a significant one for the community of Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice), as it is celebrating a hundred years of bauxite mining. To mark the auspicious centennial observance, leaders in the bauxite industry and Regional officials hosted an official launch of the year-long activities at the former Rail Road Station at Mackenzie.The Centennial Committee headed by Horace James was recently formed to spearhead activities, took the opportunity to unveil the 100th year anniversary plans, which include erecting a Centennial park and museum, a magazine publication and presentation of an oral history series, among other things.The launching ceremony was marked by reflections on the history of bauxite mining, which began in Linden by George Bain Mackenzie in 1916, to the companies associated with its mining over the years, as well as the privatization process.It also saw the launch of the novel ‘Children of Watooka’, written by Guyana-born Canadian Steve Connolly. Speaking on the significance of the 100th year celebration, James said the launch is simply a prelude to the original observance of the celebrations slated for October this year.He noted that during the year of commemoration, there is a clear objective, which is to know and appreciate the role and future of bauxite and ensuring youths, particularly students, are inspired to use its resources for the purpose of future development.He added it is important that they also understand the role bauxite played in the development of Linden, Guyana and World Wars 1 and 2 when the commodity was used in the construction of warplanes.James also alluded to the fact that bauxite has played a major role in assisting the community in its development, which saw it eventually growing into a township. Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated (BMGGI) General Manager (AG) Eric Yu, in his remarks congratulated the community on the achievement, while indicating that over the years, bauxite has made significant contributions to the development of the nation.He said the commodity, which has attracted countless skilled artisans, has become an integral part of Guyana’s economy, and that BMGGI was honoured to be part of the historic moment. To commemorate the significant milestone, he said the company will construct an arch outside the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC).Former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, while delivering remarks on the privatization of the bauxite sector sought to explain the move made years ago.“Looking back, one might put the beginning of the road to re-privatization of bauxite as far back as 1976. Five years after nationalization when to the astonishment of many nationalized bauxite industry could no longer hold out the possibility of steadily growing prosperity and contribution to the National Treasury Consolidated Fund. Indeed the operation soon split into a period of about 15 years of losses, with receiving subsidies from the Treasurery,” he noted. Heading in to the future, Hinds challenged leaders to look at diversification.Tasked with a presentation on the history of bauxite, from Demba to Linmine, former Linden Interim-Management Committee Chairman and historian Orrin Gordon spoke of the social, cultural and economic aspects of the earlier days of bauxite mining. Also delivering remarks were Regional Chairman Renis Morian, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland, BMGGI Chief Engineer Orin Barnwell and Chair of Linden Fund USA Paula Walcott-Quintin. Several copies of ‘Children of Watooka’ were also distributed to secondary school students of Linden.
Damaris E.M. Jackson By Damaris E.M. Jackson, Everyone is aware that we live in a world where fear, strain, and restlessness abound. For thousands of years the most powerful civilizations – Persia, Rome, Babylon, etc. – came about through war, injustice, violence and dualistic thinking. Although that once dominant paradigm has collapsed, there are still differences and contradictions between people that still leave them divided; today, even educated people are involved in terrorism, which proves that the world is still conflict-oriented.Today, more than 1.5 billion people live in countries, including Liberia, affected by fragilities and conflicts. As Liberia continues on her quest for peace and security in times like these, the government must consider the reintegration of old fighters as well as promote the empowerment of Liberian youth because they are the main perpetrators of violence. In 2011, Liberia had a population of approximately 3.5 million, with 65% comprising the youth. This shows that the youthful population is profoundly dominant, which justifies their inclusion in policymaking.Let us take a look back at the Liberian Constitution. According to Article 11, all persons (Liberians) are “born equally free and independent” and have the inalienable right to enjoy and defend life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. So instead of just acknowledging the youth as victims and perpetrators of violence, we must also acknowledge the fact that they are the seed and future of our nation who have certain inalienable rights.The question then becomes: How can the government engage the youth in the nation building process to uproot or minimize the violence presently permeating our society? The government needs to encourage open forums for youths to express their opinions for inclusive participation regarding our National Agenda. They must realize that one’s contribution to society especially as it relates to sustainable peace and security is not determined by size, qualification, age or sex; but rather, what talents, maturity, and willingness a person can bring forth. It is vital to engage the youth as social actors with their own views and contributions. In practice, this can be done by encouraging the youth and adult-parents, teachers, non-profit workers, and community and religious leaders to support the formation of youth groups that offer young people the chance to formulate their opinions, which would then be infused in societal policymaking.The period of youth is a primetime to exercise tremendous strength and energy; therefore, the government must enhance the peace building knowledge and skills of young people. Most young people in their quest for peace create positive impact with minimal resources; so it is important to provide them the tools that they need to become more effective change-makers. In concrete terms, this means giving them access to facilitators, educational programs, and networks that will enhance their conflict resolution and leadership skills. Training opportunities for them should range from content-based topics such as “Conflict or Gender” to more practice-focused areas such as “Advocacy or Project Management.”The lack of understanding impedes progress and results in conflict. As we greatly look forward to the youth’s role and participation in promoting sustainable peace and security in Liberia, the government must build trust between it and Liberia’s youthful population. Youth mobilization in peace-building efforts is more likely to be successful if young people are given the opportunities to work with local and national authorities. With few constructive avenues to influence local and national politics, young people tend to view government as beset by corruption. Conversely, government often fails to take into account the views of the youth in policymaking, and may have different priorities for peace. However, to close the gap, activities that promote the legitimization of Liberia’s youth and foster their representation in local and national policymaking processes are crucial; and as such, joint workshops and community projects or platforms can help bridge the divide between the youth and government officials.Young people alone can by no means have all the answers to the challenges facing the world today; neither does the older generation. Therefore, it is important to promote intergenerational change. Rather than working with the youth in isolation, experienced peace-building actors, local stakeholders, and parents should also be included. Through partnerships with communities and elders’ councils, the youth can demonstrate the benefits of their peace actions. By bringing together the visions of young people today and the experiences of older generations, new answers to challenges will be created.Finally, it is crucial to avoid rewarding “bad behavior.” Therefore, government must support the youth who are positively contributing to their communities. Simple rewarding systems such as certificates, prizes, and scholarships can serve as great incentives for this purpose. This method can also inspire their peers to take action and participate in peace-building.It is so ironic how nations often go to war quoting peace as the reason, and not realizing that peace cannot be imposed from outside with guns. Peace is not the product of terror or fear, nor the silence of violent repression; rather, it is the general tranquility contributed by ALL for the good of ALL. The solution is in our hands; LET PEACE PREVAIL!!!Damaris Jackson is a 1st Year Sociology student at AME University and the third monthly winner of the Messengers Of Peace writing competition. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –
President David Granger is today expected to leave for Cuba for another round of chemotherapy at the Centro de Investigaciones Médico Quirúrgicas (CIMEQ) in Havana, Cuba.President David GrangerThis is his fourth medical visit for treatment since November 2018, when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a type of cancer which envelopes the lymphatic system.Guyana Times was told that the Head of State is expected to spend one week in the Spanish-speaking country.On October 30, 2018, the President and First Lady Sandra Granger travelled to Cuba to facilitate his undergoing medical tests after he complained of feeling unwell. Days later, he was diagnosed with this disease, which spans across the lymphatic system.The lymphatic system is part of the immune system. It comprises of clear fluid, called lymph, which contains infection-fighting white blood cells, known as lymphocytes, which flows through the lymphatic vessels.The President was discharged from the hospital on November 6, after undergoing a series of tests and surgical procedures. He returned to Guyana on November 20 after being given approval by his medical team to travel.Minister of State Joseph Harmon had noted during his media briefing on November 30, 2018 that even though President Granger’s work load has been reduced, he remains in charge of the State’s business.Chemotherapy targets cells that grow and divide quickly, as cancer cells do. Unlike radiation or surgery, which each targets specific areas, chemo can work throughout the body. Nevertheless, it can also affect some fast-growing healthy cells, such as those which make up the skin, hair, and bone marrow.In May of 2018, Granger and the First Lady had travelled to Trinidad and Tobago to undergo what was referred to as their annual medical check-up. At the time, and in response to reports in the press, the Government had revealed that the couple did their examinations under a Caribbean medical insurance scheme at the Good Health Medical Centre.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – U.S. aircraft dropped leaflets seeking information about three U.S. soldiers feared captured by al-Qaida as troops intensified the search Tuesday, despite a warning from the terror group that the hunt will endanger the captives’ lives. The U.S. command said the searchers were trying to isolate areas where they suspect the captives may have been taken after the pre-dawn ambush in which four American soldiers and an Iraq soldier were killed. On Monday, an al-Qaida front group, the Islamic State of Iraq, warned the U.S. on the Web to call off the hunt “if you want their safety.” The warning could indicate that the presence of about 4,000 U.S. and Iraqi troops in the thinly populated farming area 20 miles south of Baghdad is making it difficult for the captors to move the Americans to a secure location. In a printed statement Tuesday, a U.S. command spokesman said American soldiers have questioned more than 450 people and detained at least 11 since the search began. The military also said the missing soldiers were assigned to Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, which is part of the 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, N.Y. At the time of the attack, the soldiers were in two vehicles “at a stationary observation post trying to interdict terrorists who place roadside bombs,” U.S. spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Garver said. The Pentagon confirmed names of three of the U.S. dead: Sgt. 1st Class James D. Connell Jr., 40, of Lake City, Tenn.; Pfc. Daniel W. Courneya, 19, of Nashville, Mich.; and Pfc. Christopher E. Murphy, 21, of Lynchburg, Va. The Pentagon confirmed names of four other soldiers who were at the observation post – Sgt. Anthony J. Schober, 23, of Reno, Nev.; Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass.; Pfc. Joseph J. Anzack Jr., 20, of Torrance; and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich. – but did not say which of the four was among the dead, while three were missing.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Staff of the city of Fort St. John has been working on updating zoning bylaws and is now at the stage to be presented for public engagement.After a modernizing and refreshing of the current zoning bylaws, by making them more user-friendly and making them move into the official community plan, the strategic plans and the master plan it is time for public engagement before Legal review.City staff will use several platforms to engage with residents regarding the zoning bylaws through the “Lets Talk” engagement page online, direct mail and open houses like the recent charrette for the 100th Street update.- Advertisement -Council asked city staff to include two dates of each topic on zoning as the first set of times for the open house was suggested for July 30 and 31st. Council was concerned residents that are interested in the engagement process could be on holidays, follow up open houses should be a week or more after the first one.To view the City of Fort St. John’s Let’s Talk Community Engagement Page; CLICK HERE.
Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour believes Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk can help the Gunners solve their defensive woes.The Dutch centre-back has been linked with an £8million switch to the Emirates, after impressing with the Scottish Premiership side.Injuries to Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny have left Arsene Wenger with a defensive headache and Parlour claims the club will have to splash the cash on stoppers in the January transfer window.“Van Dijk would be a good signing,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “Arsenal look really short at the back. Koscielny is out now for a little while, which is another blow.“Arsene is just hoping he can get through to January. He’s got to go out and buy a couple of defenders.“He needs to strengthen if they’re going to have a serious run on the Premier League title. You need to have a big squad.”
Former state Sen. Charles Calderon of Whittier was leading three other candidates in his bid Tuesday to return to the state Legislature. Calderon, who previously had served for 16 years in the Legislature, is making a bid to succeed his brother, Ron, in the state Assembly. He was leading Whittier Councilman Owen Newcomer, followed by Geri Guzman, a Montebello school board member and city treasurer, and Pico Rivera Councilman David Armenta. Assemblyman Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, gave up his seat in order to run for the 30th state Senate District. “He doesn’t support campaign finance reform, didn’t accept campaign spending limits and has been fined $18,000 by the Fair Political Practices Commission for improper campaign spending.” But Calderon defended himself, saying he would bring a level of experience that no state legislator has. Armenta, Guzman and Newcomer also cited their experience in local government. The 58th district includes either all or part of the cities of Downey, Montebello, Pico Rivera, Whittier, unincorporated East Los Angeles and Hacienda Heights. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022, 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“I’m very pleased so far because Newcomer had walked the entire district and I’m ahead so it shows a very good indication of the night to come,” Calderon said. This race has focused on Charles Calderon’s bid to return to public life. After terming out of the state Senate, he made an unsuccessful run for state attorney general in 1998, then returned to private law practice. In 2005, Calderon announced he would run for state Assembly, where he had served from 1982-90 before voters passed the term limits legislation. But in making his return, all three of his opponents criticized him, saying they want change. Typical of the comments was that of Newcomer, who said, “Charles Calderon has been part of the mess of Sacramento.