Leaders have no real-world experience
Our chosen leaders, from both parties, are comprised primarily of lawyers, activists and community organizers, most with no real-world, profit-and-loss business experience and related education.
None is qualified to be hired as a chief financial officer, a financial adviser or an accountant for a lemonade stand. Yet we hire them many times over, some for 20 to 30 years, to mismanage our country's finances.
The primary job of politicians is to spend money to get re-elected. They must toe the line of their party leaders, financial backers and supporting lobbyists to enjoy the many perks of holding office.
The sequester is just another example of the endless win or lose at-all-cost gamesmanship and flat out incompetence of our elected leaders. And it's our collective fault for letting them get away with it.
Friends seek input on library
At the Brentwood City Council meeting on March 26, the council awarded the Brentwood Library building project to the architectural firm Mark Davis + FOG. Soon there will be meetings with the architects, city staff and two stakeholders from the Friends of the Brentwood Library.
One of the stakeholders will be retired librarian Shirley Peck, who is the library commissioner representing Brentwood. Ron Fugazzi, the other representative, has several years of involvement in activities attempting to ensure Brentwood has a library appropriate for the needs of the community.
The city of Brentwood should be congratulated for the funding it has been providing for library operations, additional operating hours and for supporting this project. The city is expected to have information on their website, which will allow community members to follow the progress of this project.
We encourage community members to contact the city council, the library, and/or the Friends of the Brentwood Library with their comments, questions and concerns.
Mail can be sent to the Friends of the Brentwood Library, 104 Oak St., Brentwood 94513 or email at email@example.com. Email addresses for city council members are available on the city's website at www.brentwoodca.gov/citycouncil/members/members.cfm.
President-elect, Friends of the Brentwood Library
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