Characterization of school bonds off base
This is in response to Daniel Borenstein's March 3 column and a March 6 Times editorial concerning the West Contra Costa school district and bond financing.
In both pieces, the implication is that the school district is fleecing the taxpayers through the misguided use of Capital Appreciation Bonds.
While it's true the district has three times been granted the ability to use a CAB sale over the life of the bond program, the district has only used the option once. The useful outcome of the CAB sale brought the district great advantages that Borenstein and the Times either failed to investigate fully or they had no intention of representing the facts as they really are.
The Times editorial page has a history of portraying the school district and our community as being poor and unable to manage our own business in a successful manner. The Times tells us repeatedly that West Contra Costa residents don't know what we are voting for when we vote in favor of bond measures -- which pass with supermajorities.
El Cerrito Studdiford is a member of the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee.
Criminals don't heed gun laws
Why do gun control advocates refuse to distinguish between criminals and law-abiding gun owners?
What kind of backward society is this when responsible gun owners are being blamed for our problems? The justice system does a poor job of fully enforcing the laws we already have and continues to let criminals out of prison. Just look at the latest maniac in Santa Cruz who "fell through the cracks."
Even if you don't like guns, simple logic should tell you that more laws that criminals don't care about is not the answer. How dare they try to turn me into a criminal because I own a semi-automatic firearm.
I enjoy shooting my firearm to become proficient in its use for protecting my family. People who say I don't need it are laughable. How many more home invasions do we need to hear about before we realize crime is a reality?
Good luck if your plan is to call the underfunded, understaffed, overextended police who, by the way, have no legal obligation to protect you.
Follow process to enter the U.S.
I'm a legal immigrant who had to go through due process in order to gain entry into the United States as a very young girl. I carried a green card proudly, always longing to become a citizen.
I am not against immigrants -- only those uninvited houseguests who just won't leave, much less even knock before entry.
Get a green card, apply for citizenship and live a guilt-free life of liberty and freedom, under the U.S. Constitution, in our beautiful America.
Solutions not so market based
"World must use market-based solution to stem climate crisis" was the headline in a recent guest opinion piece.
The text, however, contained multiple recommendations, including a carbon tax; protective tariffs on countries without an equivalent tax; and a federally-led effort (comparable to the World War II era war economy) to build "massive wind, solar and hydroelectric farms connected to cities with smart grids" -- all magically creating "jobs for the future" without disrupting our slowly recovering economy.
With the exception of the carbon tax, these are not market-based solutions. They constitute a "command economy" model that presumes to know what's best for us.
For the record, I'm not a climate "denier" and I agree that a well-formulated, gradually imposed, carbon tax could be part of an overall solution to stabilize and eventually lower atmospheric CO2. However, nuclear power and carbon sequestration technology must also be options in any overall solution.
Industry needs maximum flexibility to determine the most efficient ways to lower our carbon footprint -- it doesn't need Napoleon marching us toward Moscow as winter closes in.
FBI stats say otherwise
In his March 4 letter, Gene Berry states that FBI statistics for 2011 show more people were murdered by clubs and knives than guns.
Interesting to read the actual statistics and note that 68 percent of murders were caused by guns. I guess you can't trust the "good guys" after all.