Singleton is a great choice for Congress

Marilyn Singleton, congressional candidate for the 13th District, represents the fresh perspective and solutions-oriented pragmatism we sorely need in Washington, D.C.

I met Singleton a few months ago and was immediately impressed by her sincerity, approachability and determination to provide a better future for ourselves and our children. She champions innovative yet practical ideas for job creation, educational opportunity and accountability, simplifying the tax code and reducing wasteful spending.

Her career as a physician and insurance and health law attorney, (B.A., Stanford; M.D., UCSF Medical Center; J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law), and her business and public service experience make her the ideal candidate.

I speak for many voters who feel that longtime career politician Barbara Lee does not represent our values and interests, and who feel frustrated by her arrogance and divisiveness.

Autocracy is prevented and democracy is strengthened when new voices and positive alternatives like Marilyn Singleton are allowed to surface, and we, as voters, abandon the easy habit of voting for the familiar, and instead, research better options and vote for change.

Aileen Sumida

Oakland

Measure A1 will protect wildlife

My family, friends and colleagues can attest to my green way of life and my concern for the well-being of animals. For these reasons, I feel fortunate that I work as the conservation director at the Oakland Zoo.

I chose this organization because the zoo's heart is like mine, wild and green, with conservation at the center of our mission. We have award-winning green initiatives, including a new, LEED-certified vet center. We are deeply involved in the protection of vulnerable wildlife, including the Western pond turtle and the California condor locally.

We keep the Arroyo Viejo Creek clean and native, restoring it with volunteers from the local community, and we inspire thousands of children to connect to and take action for wildlife and nature.

Backed by many environmental organizations, Measure A1 protects local wildlife and provides sanctuary for rescued and endangered species. A1 is for all of us in Alameda County who have a true wild and green heart.

Amy Gotliffe

Oakland

Rep. Stark is still best man for the job

Say what you will about the sometimes eccentric Rep. Pete Stark; here's why we should vote him back into Congress:

Stark for 40 years has been a champion for families and workers in our own district. He was a key architect of the Affordable Care Act, proponent of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and a strong advocate for strengthening Medicare and Social Security.

You say Stark is old, I say he is old and wise. He has a proven track record of resistance to what may be the most important issue in government today, the rampant graft and corruption by corporate lobbyists.

At a time like this, faced with an extremist House, can we afford to not have someone who will stand up to the corporate wolves? Besides, after 40 years of selfless service, Stark deserves to retire on his own terms and select someone who will carry on his good ideas for us.

He wants what you and I would want after a long and illustrious career. I recommend a vote for Pete Stark.

David Siegel

Castro Valley

Making it tough to vote for taxes

It is difficult to vote for tax increases of any kind when our elected leaders on every level seem to give every thing away again and again, when there isn't anything to give away.

It is very disturbing to me when they say I must give more money to fund pensions and medical payments to government employees on all levels. When we can't fund these, we should stop and make the recipients make the payment so they can receive them.

Unions in government jobs should be unlawful. The unions elected the officials, who are obligated to give the unions what they want, but what we can't afford. When these issues are resolved, I will gladly pay more taxes where they are needed.

Jack Keilson

Danville

Many reasons to vote to end death penalty

I ask everyone to support Proposition 34, ending the death penalty in California. There are myriad reasons, financial and moral.

The reason it touches me most deeply is the danger of executing an innocent person. There have been many people found to be innocent after execution. Even one is a tragedy. Another tragedy is that the real perpetrator is still free.

Iris Ridgway

El Sobrant