Real estate pros' information is true

Inaccurately opining what real estate agents want you to think, a letter writer from Aug. 28 claims we are fooled.

Oh really? Realtors do not control markets. They work with what the market offers. For example, if there is less inventory in a particular market; would it be inaccurate to report a paucity of homes for sale? Moreover, there is no mending of markets. Real estate markets are what they are. Sometimes prices are up and sometimes down. This is subjective. The letter-writer is not fooled. His analysis proves real estate professionals provide accurate information.

Rick Rodriguez

Danville real estate broker

GOP's medical findings to avoid

Fellow citizens, I am so grateful that the Republican Tea Party has revealed their astounding new medical discovery that "legitimate rape" does not cause pregnancy because a woman's body can stop the pregnancy automatically, just like magic. Astounding.

Other astounding medical discoveries I expect to see from the Republican Tea Party:

"Legitimate shooting." When an innocent citizen is shot with an assault weapon, the human body actually heals itself. Magical.

"Legitimate poverty." When a citizen is poor, their bodies will automatically adjust to not eating. Incredible.


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"Legitimate disease." When one of our 50 million uninsured citizens contracts a disease, the body automatically heals itself -- no treatment needed.

"Legitimate wealth transfer." Poor? Middle class? No worries, citizens, that raging feeling in your chest at tax time is cured, magically, by Romney's plan to reduce his tax rate to less than one percent while yours is increased.

"Legitimate trickle down." Consumed with anxiety over your unemployment? Bill collectors at the door? Not to worry, just consume one "trickle down" story pill every hour and no more anxiety!

Harry Biba

Danville

Obama keeping a few secrets, too

With the Democrats continuing to badger Romney about his tax records, I think it is about time that the Republicans bring out Obama's record of concealing his past such as:

Occidental College records -- Sealed.

Columbia College records -- Sealed.

Columbia Thesis paper -- Sealed.

Harvard College records -- Sealed.

Selective Service Registration -- Sealed.

Medical records -- Sealed.

Illinois State Senate schedule -- Sealed.

Illinois State Senate records -- Sealed.

When you look at this list it is a strong indication that Obama has a lot of skeletons in his closet!

Robert R. Wood

Livermore

Phillips deserved nod for District 16

I was disappointed in the Times' recent endorsement of incumbent Joan Buchanan over Al Phillips. Phillips is a union carpenter who has grown from an apprentice to a construction superintendent and served as a trustee to his local union. Phillips knows how to run a business, build on time and on budget -- unlike Buchanan, who only seems to know how to inflate budgets, increase spending and pass more regulations.

Phillips understands that over-regulation of California businesses is destroying the state's job market. Al will be a new voice for state Assembly District 16. He will work to curb spending and stop over-regulation of state businesses.

You indicated in your editorial that Phillips "has no political experience ...." I see that as a benefit. Hiring the same legislators year after year has not helped and clearly contributes to the dysfunction of California. You imply that California has benefited from Ms. Buchanan's decisions. How can that be when her decisions have helped put the state on the path to bankruptcy?

Buchanan's "experienced" decisions have helped create a $16 billion deficit. She voted for every spending bill and tax increase in the Assembly, and has not even addressed a solution to pension reform (an issue that is looming over the Tri-Valley area). Buchanan is an advocate for public sector unions and endorsed by all of them.

If you are for a revitalized state and Tri-Valley area, vote for Al Phillips for State Assembly District 16. At least you are trying something new -- not voting for the same, tired ideas that have put California on the path to insolvency.

Pam Farly

Alamo

Pets' teeth cleaning is far too expensive

It was amusing to read the article regarding the Pomeranian dog, Liz, who supposedly almost lost her life because of teeth cleaning at a pet store rather than a vet's office. Karen Basting, who happens to be Contra Costa Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho's chief of staff, claims that her dog lost some teeth from an infection she alleges happened from teeth cleaning at the pet store. Teeth, by the way, that were already decayed and loose before her visit.

The real push here is that The California Veterinarians Medical Board wants only veterinarians to clean animals' teeth -- ah, bottom line, money ... $800 at the vets, $100 at a pet store/groomers. Veterinarians require animals be under anesthesia for this procedure, but whether human or canine, any procedure that involves anesthesia comes with some risk, evidenced by the waiver form that must be signed before the administration of the anesthetic. I wonder if Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, who is instrumental in killing Assembly Bill 2304 that allows legal protections to companies that clean dogs' teeth, did an investigation into animal deaths caused by anesthesia. Now, that would be scary!

Marcelle Roise

Alamo