A sales pitch and an open letter to Lucas
Mr. Lucas, (can I call you George?)
I know that you are being pursued by every town in Northern California. As a lifelong resident of Pleasanton, I know that you could not do better in the Bay Area. Pleasanton is uniquely qualified to be the home of your new studio for these reasons:
I know our city leaders would love to present you with more and better reasons for building here. Call them. If you don't believe me call John Madden -- he will vouch for us!
Gay marriage can't be main campaign issue
I am grateful to President Obama for his statement supporting gay marriage, addressing one of the serious social injustices in our country. Having clarified his position, I hope that this does not become THE topic of all political debate for weeks. Critical economic and security issues loom and as citizens (defined as those who vote) we should demand that the candidates' conversations be devoted to plans to deal with global events affecting our safety, the safety of our military, and our future economic world position and stability.
Vote yes on Measure E for good schools
As a longtime Dublin resident, I take great pride in our community. My husband, Jim, and I moved here in 1978 when our sons were in middle school. They both graduated from UC Davis and are now grown and have families of their own.
Even though my children no longer attend Dublin schools, I am voting yes on Measure E. My children received quality education in Dublin schools, and our schools are among the best in the state. But Dublin schools need to be upgraded, and Measure E is a local solution that will allow Dublin residents to invest in our own community. All funds from Measure E will stay right here in our community to upgrade local classrooms and protect quality education for our children.
Our schools are key to making Dublin a desirable place to live, which helps to protect home values for all of us in Dublin. I am voting YES on Measure E, and I hope you do, too.
Suggested faith reading for Dowd
After reading Maureen Dowd's article, I felt at first distressed and then sad.
Since at one time Maureen said she was slapped on the hand by a nun, I assume she's a Catholic I also assume that somewhere along the line she had a problem with authority of the Pope.
She's a journalist and a very talented writer. I wonder if just to test her objectivity she would read the writings of another journalist, G.K. Chesterton. His book titled "Oretodoxy" is a delight.
Chesterton said he traveled the world for 20 years in search of truth and found it in a penny catechism of the Catholic Church.
My hope is Maureen will find joy in his book.
Patricia M. Werner
Austerity doesn't work
Voters in the European Union are now rejecting the severe austerity being foisted on them by their outgoing leaders because it led to a failed European economy. Americans would likewise suffer under the austerity planned by Republicans in Congress. China's stimulus package was twice as large as ours, and their resulting growth was 3-4 times as large as ours and 6-8 times as large as the UK and other European countries.
Austerity measures require a healthy economy. Cutting safety-net and job-creating programs in an economy recovering from the Great Recession is a recipe for disaster.
Fewer jobs mean lower revenues and an economic death spiral. Over the last 30 years the debt has grown under every president and more so under George W. Bush with huge tax cuts, two wars, and a costly Medicare drug program. These policies carried over into the Obama administration, continuing the pain. The serious U.S. debt situation must be addressed, but the first priority is job growth and growing the economy, which Europe's experience shows won't happen with Republican-style austerity.
Lab should monitor project for radiation
Plutonium was found in soil at Big Trees Park and along Arroyo Seco.
Digging in contaminated soil can cause plutonium particles to become airborne and, if inhaled, can cause cancer.
Livermore Lab is going to dig a trench along Susan Lane, paralleling Arroyo Seco and across Charlotte Way to Big Trees Park, where it has a groundwater pumping station. The digging is for an underground pipeline to pump contaminated water from our aquifer back to the lab.
So far, the lab has ignored 130 neighborhood requests to use monitors to detect radiation particles during construction. The lab says it will only measure wind speed and regular dust, like any other construction site. That will not tell us if the dust is radioactive.
Construction preparation was to begin Monday and trenching on this coming Monday. I call on the lab to do the right thing and monitor for radioactivity while digging in contaminated soil.
Jo Ann Frisch
Throw the bums out, you taxpaying voters
Reading the May 15 front-page article where Gov. Jerry Brown is once again crying poor-mouth over the state's budget and how he will have to slash costs if we, the taxpaying citizens, don't vote to raise our taxes has me really steamed. Talk about sheer audacity!
What Gov. Brown really needs to do is to get our "esteemed" state legislators off their duffs, quit pandering to all of the special interest groups and unions out there and get the legislators to do the jobs they were elected to do, namely make the hard decisions and get this wonderful state of ours back into fiscal order. They have all year to come up with a sound workable budget, yet they never get it done in time.
Voters, clean the house and stop re-electing those "esteemed" people who can't, or won't, do the job. Anything is better then what we have to put up with now.