Keep kids' ID's discreet

Dear Editor:

Your recent article about child identity theft caught my eyes as I was skimming through the newspaper. As it is extremely important that parents keep their children's identity discreet, you did a great job by bringing this issue forward, and stating ways to prevent child ID theft.

With school having started, this is an issue that needs to be announced so parents are cautious, and keep their children protected. While it is easy for parents to not even think twice about handing out their child's information to the school, it is crucial we keep them reminded of this concern.

As you stated in your article, it is important we also discuss this with out children so they aren't posting any personal information on the Internet that may lead to identity theft. This really got to me because with all these young children using social networks nowadays, we need to keep them aware of this worldwide problem, and make sure they aren't setting themselves up for trouble. We need to think for our child's future, and protect their information before we set them up for financial failure.

Just because we don't experience child ID theft every day doesn't mean it is not happening in the world. That is why we need to open our eyes to the reality of this crime, and keep that in the forefront of our lives.


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Brittany DeSino

Walnut Creek

Legislature doesn't stop corruption

Dear Editor:

Once more, the California Legislature proves it has no interest in curbing the corruption of its members through legislation that would, automatically, suspend those who are indicted on a charge of crimes and curtailing their compensation. Are they indifferent or fearful that they may be caught engaging in criminal activity?

Obviously, disclosed is a high propensity for corrupt activity within the ranks of public officials. Therefore, We the People must take action to protect ourselves against those who would betray us for personal gain.

We must not, just, amend the California constitution to curb criminal acts by public officials but must consider taking action to end the existence of the political class who make a career of holding public office. We should embrace the vision of the founders of our great nation to restrict government to those who are willing to spend a small portion of their lives serving the common good. To allow the existence of a political class, who make a lifetime career of politics, is to allow corruption to prosper to the detriment the citizenry.

Ernest Hampson

Pittsburg

Reward for tip on mutilator

Dear Editor:

A HARP volunteer was called on Aug. 20 to assist an elderly woman who had found a severely injured cat in downtown Antioch. Our volunteer was overcome at the sight of the cat, but picked her up and took her to Antioch Veterinary Hospital. They determined that she had been burned, but could not tell if it was from a chemical, hot oil, or scalding water.

They humanely euthanized the cat.

Several groups and individuals have pledged an award of $1,150 for information about how this cat was injured: Delta Animals Safe Haven (DASH), Friends of Animal Services, Homeless Animals Lifeline Organization (HALO) Homeless Animals Response Program, (HARP) Outcast Cat Help, Barbara Sobalvarro and Zandra Raphael. If someone has information, please call the HARP message center at 925-431-8546 or any of the groups mentioned.

If you have any questions, please email me at karen.kops@harp-rescue.org or call 925-783- 3790.

Karen Kops

President of HARP

High speed rail bond kills water bond

Dear Editor:

Unfortunately for Sacramento Democrats and their union construction buddies, their continued push to build a lavishly expensive and unnecessary high-speed rail train to nowhere (aka Crazy Train) at any cost simultaneously means California voters won't approve their new Water Bond.

In 2008, Democrats pushed Proposition1A and promised California voters that HSR would only cost them $10 billion in bonds, wouldn't be built unless private investors/federal government invested $35 billion, and that environmental impacts would be mitigated before construction.

But, in 2010, Democrats' construction estimate rose to $117 billion, no investors materialized, environmental impacts were ignored, but yet Democrats and union supporters pushed to build nonetheless. With the SF Bay Bridge being completed at seven times cost over original $1.2 billion estimate, HSR's $117 billion estimate really means a cost of $800 billion from California taxpayers to construct. Voters distrust Sacramento Democrats due to their HRS lies and will reject any new multibillion dollar bond requests, including their desired Water Bond.

Mike Brown

Burlingame

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