Pitts, his ilk, to blame for industry's fall
Notwithstanding Leonard Pitts' adroit presentation of the facts of his profession (Times 6/25), journalism as we know it, presentation of fact and opinion, is and has been under siege primarily because of extreme bias.
For example, Pitts often comments on race relations, evil corporations, attacks the right and never wastes an opportunity to pounce on an adversary. Thus, I give you in reference to Sarah Palin: "Ordinarily, you would dismiss it as just another silly thing Sarah Palin said. There is no shortage of those."
Pitts must castigate others, as it is his bias. Soon, Pitts and his ilk will be relics of the past, but blame won't fall on pseudo-business majors, as he contends, for the downfall of journalism. It will fall because of the juvenile expressions of those we deem professional.
High-speed rail story left something out
In the page 1 June 24 San Ramon Valley Times article on high-speed rail, it is suggested we are falling behind other countries by delaying.
What is not even mentioned was the simple fact that we are broke. California is awash in red ink. To commit to spending up to $117 billion more dollars that we do not have shows just how dysfunctional this Democrat-controlled state is. With a projected deficit of
Moonbeam's answer is to stick it to the "rich" and to businesses -- how familiar this theme is today. Already high-income earners and businesses are fleeing the state. For those who doubt this Google-search "business leaving California." You will find PAGES of sites detailing lists of businesses that have left.
Aside from the fact that we cannot afford it, projections show that the rail will require constant subsidies. It will be the disaster that keeps on punishing.
Bullying must be stopped
This letter is in response to a Theresa Harrington story on bullying in the June 24 Times. What a great article! I have two children in the San Ramon school district who have been bullied. The consequence for the bullies -- zero.
I hate to say it, but the grand experiment that has been in effect of building children's self-esteem by being sensitive is a bust. Since discipline has been taken out of the equation, children today are less respectful and think it's OK to yell profanities at anyone.
The attitude of "because I can" has gone way overboard. Teachers are afraid for their lives. That is wrong!
Administrations need to get back to old-school administering in which students are held accountable, as well as the parents. The students who trashed the school in Brentwood a few weeks back were held accountable by a judge for their actions. Some parents sued hoping to keep their children from accepting responsibility. Finally, school administration held it's moral ground and won.
Parents, teach your children respect and you will get a higher-quality person in the long run. While you're at it, parents. review the Golden Rule for yourselves. Those children will be in charge of your care when you grow old. What would you rather have, a child who respects and loves you, or a child who could give a damn about you?
It's not too late yet. Teachers are people and deserve respect. They have chosen a profession that will help teach your child how to be in this world. It is up to parents to teach their children how to respect others.
Department must live within means
On June 26, Contra Costa Fire Chief Daryl Louder told the five-member county board of supervisors that unless he receives an additional $75 per year for five years from each district homeowner, his firefighters and EMTs will let your home burn to the ground and may not be there to jump-start your heart in a medical emergency.
And there was Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho, whose husband is a firefighter, who commented, "When you need emergency services, you need them," followed by the equally profound question, "What level of service is the public willing to pay for?"
Chief Louder's actions are shameful. He is holding hostage the very community he is obligated to serve. Equally shameful and absurdly clueless are supervisor Piepho's comments. Had she been listening, taxpayer rights activist Wendy Lack (at that meeting) answered her question, and in doing so provided guidance Chief Louder so desperately needs by saying that it's the fire district's responsibility to change the way it does business so it can provide services the community needs in a way the community can afford.
Flat tax is flat wrong
Proponents are pushing a flat tax. Sounds great on the surface. First $36,000 income will not be taxed, nor Social Security, pensions or personal savings. Eliminates capital gains tax principally benefiting the wealthy.
The come-on doesn't end. A 17 percent flat tax for all is anything but equal. A graduated tax, according to your ability to pay, is the only responsible and fair tax. Who becomes losers? You, if you think Medicare, education, student loans, highway repair and testing agencies for food are benefits.
Expect to pay more for services. Expect more local taxes as government services may shift hidden taxes or even add a federal sales tax. Are more financial breaks for wealthy necessary?
A 17 percent tax over $36,000 income for all is deceptively unequal. Wealthy conservatives sponsoring the flat tax need your vote for their benefit. They will disguise the truth to get it. Don't be deceived. Take the long view. The flat tax is flat wrong!
Beulah Yalkut Schiller
Horseback riding is therapeutic
MSNBC verbally abused Ann Romney for using horseback riding as part of her therapy to treat multiple sclerosis. My daughter helps teach therapeutic riding to children who have a variety of disabilities ranging from autism to M.S. Many are in wheelchairs and have modest incomes. While riding is not a cure, it is often the only time these kids feel normal and happy.
Unlike the Obamas, who take lavish vacations all over the world at taxpayers' expense, Ann Romney pays her own bills. I believe Ann has created more jobs than Obama. Ann's riding has employed farriers, saddle makers, farmers, and even judges.
Horseback riding is more beneficial to the environment than jet setting. The only thing Obama has created is an "unstable" economy. His failed far left policies have resulted in high unemployment, an additional $6 trillion of national debt, national security leaks, expensive socialized medicine and "Fast and Furious" illegal guns sales to Mexico.
Ann spends less money grooming her horses than Michelle Obama spends grooming herself. Michelle's overpaid staff costs taxpayers $1. 6 million annually.
When will the lamestream media realize that it is the Obamas who are "unconventional" and "expensive"? I admire the courage and determination of Ann and all people fighting their disabilities.