Is transparency lacking or just his memory?
Many people have labeled the Obama administration as the least transparent administration this century, and many consider President Obama the Ph.D. of deception, lying and distortion, but that may be inaccurate. It could just be that he is simply forgetful.
Commentary caught spirit of cycling crowd
My hat is off to Daniel Borenstein for his insightful commentary on the Mt. Diablo third-stage climb.
I was among the hundreds of riders who couldn't wait to get up the mountain early and do just that -- to celebrate, to cheer, to make lots of new friends and be a small part of cycling history among our community of avid cyclists. There were some hikers, too. He nailed the true essence of cycling in an atmosphere such as this. And it's really not that much different on any other day.
The cycling community here is a bunch of peacocks proudly spreading their accoutrements and proud of the bikes they are riding (eyes always seeming to go first to the down tube of the nearby cyclist). Thanks for including the true significance of the event and cycling as our community knows it. If I was the final editor of this piece, I would say ... "don't change a word."
One more point, if I may: at the start of the climb, I was shocked to see that the terrible
Van de Brooke for county supervisor
I am writing to support Tomi Van de Brooke for county supervisor, District 2.
She has had more than six years' experience on the Contra Costa Community College Governing Board, managing multimillion dollar budgets. What's more, she was recently sworn in as the president of the board, taking on even greater responsibility for the board. Her diverse work experience -- ranging from small and large businesses to nonprofits -- makes her uniquely qualified to ensure the county government is serving the needs of our community. She is dedicated to Contra Costa's economic vitality and quality of life. She was born and raised in Contra Costa County, where she continues to reside. She is for growing our economy and creating jobs. She is also pro-environment, supports the urban limit line, and will work to preserve Contra Costa's agricultural core. Tomi is the only Democrat running for this office. What is more important, she is for abortion rights and marriage diversity. Please vote for Tomi Van de Brooke for county supervisor, District 2.
Finally, please remember to vote June 5, or if you are voting by absentee ballot, remember to send in your ballot by May 30 to ensure your vote counts.
Take Lyme disease much more seriously
There is a Lyme epidemic -- the CDC's words, not mine. We have surpassed the AIDS epidemic even with the faulty reporting. The beaches in Marin, the Santa Cruz Mountains, most of Mendocino, Tilden Park (research by UC Berkeley entomologist Dr. Robert Lane) and even the grassy area behind Monte Vista High School all have warning signs about ticks and Lyme disease.
Most doctors have no idea what the symptoms are, and many don't think we have Lyme disease in California. Most Lyme disease in California is not reported to the Centers for Disease Control because of restricted guidelines. Many people don't have enough test evidence when they first get Lyme because the tests are for antibodies, and people don't make them right away or their immune system is so compromised by years of Lyme that the antibody count is low. Thus the "valid" tests don't work well.
There is growing evidence that long-term antibiotics -- used for tuberculosis, leprosy, acne, to name a few, do work. Where are the naysayers for this? How does (infectious disease specialist Dr. Paul) Auwaerter think evidence-based medicine comes about? It takes years -- and money.
What do you think Auwaerter would do if he realized that he or a family member had chronic Lyme disease? He would do exactly what many tens, or possibly hundreds, of thousands of us have done: find a good Lyme-literate M.D. from the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.
If you think you might have Lyme, get thyself to an Lyme-literate M.D. ASAP. The evil little disease-ridden arachnids also carry multiple diseases called co-infections -- bartonella, babesiosis, erlichiosis, rickettsia, anaplasmosis, mycoplasma, tularemia -- to name just a few.
There are those who may not be cured by two to four weeks of antibiotics. Antibiotics are specific. Babesia is not a bacteria, it is a protozoan like malaria, and is often found in ticks in California. It has to be treated with an antiprotozoan. Bartonella is also prevalent here. Would your doctor know about these?
Yahoo chief deserved to be fired for 'error'
Regarding the story "Yahoo: CEO's resume in error," May 4: a harmless mistake or smudging of the truth?
Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson was caught red-handed with a computer science degree lie? Yahoo must be destined for a new permanent CEO.
Thompson resigned May 13. With hundreds of qualified business leaders out in the world, Thompson deserved to be fired if found guilty of lying on his resume. Preserving the integrity of the job was more important than keeping Thompson as CEO, no matter what benefits he brought to the company.
While Yahoo claims it might have been an "inadvertent error," I'm not sure how that is possible, as a computer science degree was not even offered at his college at that period in time. The mistake was too blatant to be a mistake. Most people do not mistake the major they received in college.
Thompson should have been fired promptly.
State-spending targets for the ax are aplenty
The Times and most other media outlets are completely missing the point in stories about the current California budget "crisis." The REAL issue, which reporters don't ever seem to think to ask about, is not about this or that proposed cut, but about what is NOT being cut. Said differently, there is LOTS of money in Sacramento -- the important question is exactly what is the Democrat-controlled Legislature deciding to spend it on?
Did you know that the California Legislature has voted to spend money for the "California Registered Veterinary Technician Committee," money for the "California Task Force on Culturally and Linguistically Competent Physicians and Dentists," money for the "California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus," money for the "California Office of Natural Resources Education" and money for the "California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Commission?"
There are thousands of examples like these or worse -- they recently voted to spend money to help illegal immigrants go to college!
And yet they say they don't have enough money for police, fire, education and state parks?
Wise up, voters! You don't need to pay still-higher taxes -- you just need to quit sending these blockheads to Sacramento!