We humans definitely alter the climate
In the May 17, 2012, letter "Humans not altering planet's climate," the writer facetiously claims greenhouse gases, etc., are not negatively affecting our planet; human activity cannot harm our planet; we need more, not less carbon dioxide; and the negativity about a carbon footprint is a lie. Really? A lie?
The writer also claims our planet is "controlled" by the sun, oceans and volcanoes.
But NASA's James Hansen, a highly respected climatologist, cites unequivocal evidence the sun is not the dominant driver of global warming.
In fact, solar irradiance has declined slightly since 1980, and volcanoes rarely cause more than minor cooling associated with particulate emission.
Furthermore, 98 percent of our most highly qualified climate scientists agree human-induced carbon dioxide has been a dominant contributor to excessive global warming since 1980.
Come one, come all to our rodeo
Are you interested in an exciting glimpse into the Livermore Valley's historic past and supporting our western heritage?
If so, please consider attending the 2012 Livermore Rodeo this weekend. Spectators are treated to some of the world's best and most exciting barrel racing, saddle bronc and bareback riding, roping and bull riding. And everyone
LARPD's Robertson Park is again hosting the "World's Fastest Rodeo," thanks to the yearlong efforts of the world's most dedicated volunteer organization, the Livermore Stockmen's Rodeo Association (LSRA).
In 1918, LSRA started the Livermore Rodeo to raise funds in support of the American Red Cross during World War I. The all-volunteer LSRA has continued this western tradition, and this year, presents the 94th consecutive annual Livermore Rodeo. Detailed information on the rodeo and LSRA is available at www.livermorerodeo.org. We look forward to seeing you at this year's rodeo.
Livermore Area Recreation & Park District
Incumbent lawmakers should be voted out
Reading a recent 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 and quit pandering to all of the special interest groups and unions out there. And 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.
They work for us, not the other way around
The problem with our state and federal government is that they, the elected politicians are laboring under the gross misconception that we the people are working for them. I think it is time we the public let them know just who they are accountable to.
State won't improve until electorate does
Two recent hand-wringing lead editorials on the state budget were nearly content-free in their calls for the problem to be solved while being critical of Brown's considerable efforts.
There was nothing on how deep-seated the problem is nor was there mention that we are in our fourth year of deep cuts despite population growth and inflation. Also, there was no mention of how constrained the legislature is with its 2/3 revenue rules, inability to change funding initiatives passed by voters, inability to break contracts to government employees and need to comply with federal regulations.
I infer we are to turn California into a Third World country to balance the budget, as the editorials had no suggestion.
A better informed electorate who understood there is no simple solution could help solve the problem by voting out the smug powerful minority who just say, "no." In that regard, the Tri-Valley Times being not part of the solution is part of the problem.
Business model of Facebook a house of cards
At the opening bell of Nasdaq on May 18, a new cadre of one-percenters were spawned in the Silicon Valley.
Ordinarily I'm thrilled for successful start ups that creates jobs and wealth; however, unlike its famous area predecessors, Facebook hasn't created new wealth, it's merely concentrated it. Advertising spending and e-commerce have been reallocated, not increased. Zuckerberg and company have devised a virtual narcotic that reduces productivity and alienates people. It's market value is based on its ability to lure a self-divulging and demographically accessible pool of consumers into target groups. Like a zero-sum lottery, California reaped a half a billion in capital gains taxes by virtue of nothing.
Police chief completely out of line
Oh, the things some fathers would do for their sons. Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan "think[s] it was worth it" to summon 10 officers to search for his son's iPhone. Isn't it a tad ironic how the city spends $20,000 to "keep its police department's media up to speed," but used $25,000 to investigate Meehan's extremely inquisitive searches?
Although neglecting to write a police report on this incident could have just been "an oversight," as Meehan claims, there is no justification for the preferential treatment that his son received.
In the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, at least five iPhones are reported stolen per month from each high school. These students desperately attempt to file claims at the school office, and, while some do succeed, others get a droll stare and the invariable response: "Well, better put it in a safer place next time."
Meehan isn't just misusing the Berkeley Police Department's money. He's also babying his teenage son, sending a message that it's OK to be reckless with valuable things, because Daddy will be there to save the day.
Congratulations, Chief Meehan. You just succeeded in making a mountain out of a molehill.