Preventing a BART collapse

The BART fiasco of the past few months only provides more proof that if we allow taxpayer-funded employees the ability to hold hostage the people that are paying them for a service, that over time the cost will be so excessive that our public systems we have all come to rely on will eventually collapse.

Most private unions in this country have evolved over the years to understand that it is a partnership with management that allows them to empower their membership with fair wages and benefits. They must walk a fine line and balance what is fair and equitable to their membership with what the business can realistically pay. If the union demands more than the business can afford to sustain, then there are multiple options open to the business to allow it to continue to operate.

This balance does not exist within the realm of a taxpayer funded service and the employees that provide it, and since we the public are ultimately the business owners, it is our responsibility to change it and make it work for all.

If we do not, at some point we will run out of options and when that happens then everybody loses.

Scott Morgan

Walnut Creek

Appreciation for Araim

I admire and respect the sentiments of Mr. Arem Araim, an adjunct professor of political science at Diablo Valley College. He omits the incessant Iranian calls to complete Hitler's unfinished business, the virulent hate on the PA children's TV, and the Gaza land grant by Israel to the peace-loving Palestinians which has been met with rockets and murderous assaults on Israelis, both Jewish and Arab.


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Mike Levine

Moraga