Vote Winn for schools director
I'm writing to urge a vote for Dwight Winn for director of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
I have known Dwight for more than 20 years in social and competitive settings. We coached together and against each other in youth baseball for boys ages 10 through 18. Throughout that time he demonstrated a positive attitude and encouraging demeanor without crossing the line in very competitive situations.
He and his wife, Bev, have shown excellent parental guidance in raising their two fine sons while they went through the San Ramon Valley school system.
He is always congenial and willing to work with anyone to get the job done correctly. He would represent this community with a calm and reasoned approach that would be a definite asset to the board.
Services board needs Duarte's expertise
Ed Duarte, of San Ramon, is the most qualified to be elected to the open nonincumbent seat on the Dublin San Ramon Services District board of directors.
His record of community service is exemplary and extensive. His professional experience and background well suit the requirements for this position. The district's activities in the utility services require technical, financial and business experience that Duarte satisfies.
Further, Duarte knows the Dublin and San Ramon communities by having served in many volunteer capacities and living here for many years. I served as a Services District director from 1977 to 1994, and I know what is required of the position and the attributes necessary. Duarte is the candidate you should vote for.
Joseph Covello, P.E.
San Ramon Former DSRSD Director
Looming new recession was made in D.C.
Recently the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that without any doubt, the United States is about to be hit with a new economic recession, caused entirely by the Congress and the president. On Jan. 1, we are set to drive over a "fiscal cliff," consisting of several bad things, including a $500 BILLION one-year tax increase.
The CBO predicts we won't have to worry about GDP growth if this happens -- the economy will actually SHRINK, with unemployment rising more than 9 percent.
Congress, meanwhile, is doing pretty much nothing, including not stopping this crisis. For four years in a row, the annual budget deficit has exceeded $1 trillion. And amazingly, the Senate hasn't even voted on a budget for more than three years, choosing instead to pass stopgap bills to prevent government operations from completely shutting down.
Politicians continue to tell seniors that we shouldn't touch Social Security and Medicare -- not mentioning that the present system is headed straight for bankruptcy as it is -- somebody better change it somehow, or it is going to disappear altogether.
Think carefully this November -- vote for those who will make America successful. Higher taxes and continued massive federal budgets are dooming our kids!
Romney rude to Obama in second debate
Where has respect for authority gone in this great country of ours? I was appalled at the disrespect shown President Obama by Gov. Romney during the Oct. 16 debate. After reading an Associated Press report on the debate, I see I am not alone. I quote:
" 'You'll get your chance in a moment. I'm still speaking,' the former governor of Massachusetts said at one point while Obama was mid-sentence, drawing a gasp from the audience."
I wonder what the rest of the world looking on thought of the boorish disrespect for the president of the United States by one of his constituents. He is our leader. We elected him. He is not a self-appointed dictator. We owe him as much respect as we accord any duly elected leader. Gov. Romney's arrogance is akin to a playground bully saying to a smaller kid, "Buzz off. I was here first."
Shame on the governor for forgetting his manners. Even his mother would have been appalled.
Press barely even hides its bias anymore
Here we are a few days before our presidential election, an election that everyone agrees is going to determine the direction of this country. And this newspaper has its democratic shills writing a front-page article about Gov. Romney's comment that he received "binders full of women."
What if he said "I received binders full of resumes of qualified women," which is obviously what he was saying? Is this the most important issue that your reporters can find to inform voters before they vote for president? The bias in the article is blatant, but just the fact of writing about this subject, even if had been a neutral article, shows the motive and effort that this newspaper will take to influence voters to vote for Obama. The Contra Costa Times is just following the lead of The New York Times and all other liberal newspapers writing as many biased articles as possible to influence voters in favor of Democrats.
Where is your article about the position of candidates on the economy or foreign policy? Maybe you should write another article about Romney's comment to cut federal financing to Big Bird? There has never been an article in your paper questioning what Obama's plan is to turn the economy around; nor has there ever been an article in your paper questioning the administration's failure to protect our consulate in Benghazi; or why they didn't acknowledge the killing of our ambassador and three other Americans as a preplanned attack by Al Qaeda jihadists as it was known even as the attack was occurring.
The job of newspapers and their reporters is to write informative, unbiased articles. If you write opinion pieces, then they should be on the editorial page or equally balanced between the two sides of an issue.
Stop unions: 'No on 30,' 'Yes on 32'
Again Gov. Brown and Democrats are using education and public safety to blackmail us without addressing fiscal root causes such as public employees' union power. The governor's "fix" is "kick this can down the road."
Union-supported politicians provide generous union wages and benefits despite the fact that public employees' wages and benefits nationally are more than 10 percent higher than those in the private sector. The 42-station San Francisco Fire Department demonstrates the problem. Base pay for these firefighters is more than $100,000 (it's $41,000 for New York City firemen), 60 earn more than $150,000 and raises were seven percent in 2007, four percent in 2008, five percent in 2009, six percent in 2010, and six-and-a-half percent in 2011.
History indicates the blackmail will continue, the "temporary" taxes will continue, new taxes will go to satisfy union demands and nothing will happen unless we force changes. "No on 30" takes away the blackmail option. "Yes on 32" takes away the union money used to buy corrupt politicians. This vote combination will create short-term pain but send a massage that we want real reform now.
L. Lynn Cleland, Ph.D.