ECCFPD's numbers just don't add up
We all heard about the firemen who retired at $300,000, got bored and went back to work for five years and got another $250,000 in retirement. Social Security recipients' raises were zero one year and 1.2 percent the next year. This will not cover the cost of the ECCFPD parcel tax let alone all the other taxes! Contra Costa has some of the highest taxes in the state.
First they told us they needed to save $4 million of $11 million and blamed it on the housing market going bad. My taxes dropped $75 one year, but the next year they went up $125. Since the housing has boomed, business boomed, so we should be way ahead right, Chief (Hugh) Henderson? But the numbers didn't add up. They closed 60 percent of the fire stations, laid off 50 percent of the firemen? Question: Where do the funds come from to hire a consultant firm to scam taxpayers and send a mailer just to update and scare us?
Soroptimists work for many worthy causes
I have been involved with many fundraisers through the years. Last May, I volunteered to assist the Soroptimist International Clubs of Antioch and Pittsburg with their very successful "Golfing Fore a Cause" golf tournament at Lone Tree Golf Course in Antioch. The collaborative effort was a lot of hard work but also a lot of fun!
It is rare to see the "end result" of volunteer efforts, but I just finished volunteering for the Pittsburg Soroptimist "Kidz on Target" project where more than 100 children from Pittsburg were treated to $150 worth of school clothing at Pittsburg's Target store, a new backpack full of school supplies, and a free breakfast from the Pittsburg Soroptimist Club. More than 100 community volunteers "shopped" with the kids."
I look forward to the next Pittsburg Soroptimist project, "Festa Italiana," in early November, which will honor a local community supporter. Come join us, tickets will go on sale soon.
President deserves time on the links
Some in the press have been critical of President Obama for playing 187 rounds of golf since taking the White House.
I have no problem with the president taking approximately 935 hours or the equivalent of 39 full presidential days on the taxpayers' dime in order to blow off a little steam on the links.
All presidents go on vacations, and for stress relief, our most recent commanders in chiefs have chopped wood, cleared brush, gone sailing or played golf. Therefore, President Obama spending time on some of the most exclusive and expensive golf courses in the country is one of the perks of being president and should not be made into a big deal.
But as a struggling hacker myself, I am curious about his game. After playing almost 200 rounds with some of the best athletes in the world, including Tiger Woods, is President Obama a better golfer today than he was in 2008? Just asking.
U.S. cannot accept all those in need
I'm writing this in response to Diamond Trammel's letter, "America cannot be a heartless nation."
At what point does this country draw the line in accepting the world's children? While I feel sorry for the thousands of children being dumped at our borders, we cannot continue to accept the world's poor and underprivileged.
We have too many of our own who are not being cared for. Trammel appears to have no concern about the costs associated with supporting and educating a child through to adulthood. Will they then become productive, self-supporting and law-abiding? Some will, but many will not.
Many of these children are carrying diseases and scores of the older adolescents have gang tattoos. That spells trouble for this nation. We already have too many gang members, many from south of our border, who are violent and have no regard for our laws.
The responsible governments need to step up and prevent this from happening, and if they don't, there needs to be repercussions. These children must be sent back.
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