Californians fed up with strikes

Dear Editor:

Once again, the Times has hit the nail on the head with its editorial, "BART workers' demands aren't based in reality."

The people of California are fed up with the statewide union antics over the last few years.

The solution for BART strikes is very simple: Fire them all! I am willing to wager that the majority of the BART employees would be in line the next day submitting applications for all the nonunion jobs available and ready to work the following day -- the same day the ex-union leaders would be learning how to fill out unemployment applications.

J. Eric Salmon

Antioch

Highest court ignores will of the voters

Dear Editor:

I am more concerned with the action of the U.S. Supreme Court than its decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and gay marriage.

In both cases the court overrode the decisions of a huge majority of Congress (342 ayes in the House and 85 in the Senate) and the will of 52.4 percent of California voters. The court is assuming powers far beyond its constitutional purpose and authority (legislation from the bench). In fact, the justices' assumption of powers they do not have has trickled down to all federal, state, and local courts.


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The California Supreme Court got the ball rolling on overturning the will of the voters of California by not only ruling Proposition 8 unconstitutional but also Proposition 22 that 61 percent of voters had passed in 2002. Both decisions are examples of legislation from the bench since their purported justifications were based on very liberal interpretations of the California Constitution.

When these rulings were challenged in federal court, a district judge who is gay refused to recuse himself and then imposed his personal preference over the law in declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional. He used a questionable interpretation of the U.S. Constitution for doing so.

Likewise, the 9th Circuit Court applied its liberal bias and narrowly ruled against Proposition 8.

Please note that the U.S. Supreme Court decision is not definitive because it sends the case back to the district court for rehearing so this situation remains unsettled and Proposition 8 is not dead.

It is worth noting that, to perpetuate political influence over constitutional duties, California's Attorney General refused to defend Proposition 8 in the courts as is mandated by the obligations of that office.

Ernest Hampson

Pittsburg

Time for unions to give back

Dear Editor:

I was a union man and supporter for most of my working life and I view unions the same way as insurance companies and lawyers: we might not like them but they are needed. But I also believe common sense is needed.

BART and other government workers have been living very good during the Great Recession while many in the private sector suffered. Now they want more. Why should people living in Antioch pay $15 to commute to a low paying job in the city while janitors are paid $70,000 a year and can retire with full benefits after five years of service.

My wife and I are retired and on Social Security. We pay almost $600 a month for health insurance. Is it fair that they pay $92 per month? It's time they give back to us.

Johnny Strawther

Antioch

Time to clean the statehouse

Dear Editor:

July first brought yet another critical Times editorial, with more to come I'm sure, this one expressing outrage over the BART strike. Do these diatribes ever produce any results? We are all angry over the fact that these coddled prima donnas can force the rest of us into our cars during one of the worst hot spells in recent memory.

Imagine the gas wasted and the air pollution that will be generated, presumably things of great concern to our politicians. Meanwhile, the air quality control board, those guardians of our health who outlaw fireplace fires on Christmas Eve, have nothing to say about all the extra vehicles on the road.

All this is directly related to the 43-year domination of California by the Democrats. They depend on unions like BART to keep them in office and their regulatory boards to disregard any malfeasance.

The Times can write all the critical editorials it wants, but nothing is going to change until we thoroughly clean house of all the Democrats and the unions that support them.

Kenneth Marsh

Byron

Misconceptions about feral cats

Dear Editor:

Several important points were missed or inadequately addressed in the article on feral cat management and letters to the editor in response.

Feral cats, or more accurately free-roaming cats, to include abandoned pets, are trapped, neutered and released (TNR) to their caregiver for return to their original location, typically a neighborhood backyard.

Cats are never turned out randomly into the community to fend for themselves. Sick cats are humanely euthanized. Tame cats and kittens are made available for adoption.

Neutered, fed cats stay close to their feeding area and are no more likely to prey on birds and rodents than a pet cat outside without supervision.

The cost to TNR (generally with donations) is a fraction of the cost in taxpayer dollars to catch, house, euthanize and dispose of surplus cats at animal control facilities.

TNR is becoming accepted worldwide as the humane, most fiscally responsible method of controlling and reducing the homeless cat population.

To the public: Spay or neuter your pets before breeding age. Never abandon an animal you can't keep.

Karin Scheps

Co-Director, Spay Neuter Impact Program (SNIP)

Antioch

Thank you to sponsors of Relay for Life

Dear Editor:

As the 2013 Relay For Life event chair for Antioch, I would like to thank our wonderful sponsors who supported our Relay For Life event June 21-22 at Deer Valley High School.

PRESENTING: Deer Valley High School; GOLD: Antioch Unified School District, Delta Diablo Sanitation District, Foods Co.; SILVER: Macy's; BRONZE: Pat Dunleavy Avon, Bridgehead Self Storage, Deer Valley Softball, Epic Care Cancer Treatment Center, Kiwanis Club of the Delta, Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, New Mecca Café, Richard Pagano (State Farm Agent), Antioch Rotary, Starbucks of Antioch, Stonyfield-Brown Cow Farm, Straw Hat Pizza, The Alarm Guys, Walmart of Antioch, Elks Lodge of Pittsburg; OTHER IN-KIND DONATIONS: Al's Donuts, American Medical Response, American Trophies, Antioch Auto Diagnostic, Antioch Holiday Fun Run, Antioch Medical Supply, Babe Ruth Baseball of Antioch, Bagel Street Cafe of Antioch, Beach Organics, Blue Chip Muffler, Brenden Theatres, Brien Devine, Brentwood Relay For Life, California Power and Diesel,

Cap's Oak Street Bar & Grill of Brentwood, Chipotle, Diablo View Florist, Dan Hasson, Divine's Custom Interiors, Dwelley's Farms, Elite Dance Studio, Farmer's Daughter, Far West Sanitation,

G&S Corn of Brentwood, Gelato Classico, Heavenly Cheesecakes, Home Depot of Pittsburg, Intuitive Healing Center, Kinder's, Lanzafame Furniture of Pittsburg, Larry Turner, Las Tres Maria's, Les Schwab Tires, Lowe's of Antioch, Mike's Pastry, Mr. Pickle's of Antioch, Muscle Maker Grill of Antioch, Panda Express, Panera, Paula's Family Florist, Pittsburg Relay For Life, Pizzagoni's Towing

Raley's of Oakley, Ron and Dee Rainero, Rundall Productions, Simoni & Massoni Farms

Spring Yard Florist, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Sylvia's Kitchen of Antioch, Three Lollies,

Uno Chicago Grill, Judy Dawson.

Event Chair, 2013 Relay For Life

American Cancer Society

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