Let's not shut homeless out of Livermore

"Health and safety" is a metaphor for "we don't want the homeless in our town, so we will contrive a socially acceptable reason for shutting them out of our town." Rubbish! This is simply a plan to make it harder for the homeless to live in our area.

The message of Jesus is that we must love our fellow humans and care for the less fortunate. What the City Council should have done is correct any health and safety issue found to allow the homeless access to a safe and secure area to live. It is the least that a Christian society should do for their fellow humans, men and women who are some of the most vulnerable members of society.

Shame on you, Mr. Mayor, and the City Council members who support this attack on these helpless members of our society.

Peace,

William A. Buchanan

Livermore

Are women as tough as men or not?

Confusion within me abounds. The other day the mainstream press and the Democrats went berserk after former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee made a comment about women's libido.

On one hand, the Democrats and the mainstream press continually tell us that women are just as intelligent, capable and tough as men, yet when any feminine gender remark is made by a Republican the left and it's minions act as if women are sensitive flowers and the purveyor of such comments must be attacked and destroyed at all costs.


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I wonder why? As a father, who in the course of raising three daughters, may have made some questionable remarks, women are not as fragile as some may think.

I guess the Democrats and the mainstream press will not stop their attacks until, a president of the United States can look into the camera, paraphrase a line from the Mel Brooks movie "History of the World Part I" and say, "It's good to be the queen!"

Joe Crosslin

Pleasanton

Even limited nuke use may cause famine

One consequence of the use of nuclear weapons that people do not often consider is food security. The national Physicians for Social Responsibility recently published a report that examined this issue.

Titled, "Nuclear Famine: Two Billion People At Risk," the study examined a hypothetical nuclear war between India and Pakistan. They found that a nuclear exchange involving less that 0.5 percent of the world's nuclear weapons would have a global impact on food supplies.

Even a "limited" nuclear war would cause significant global climate disruption. There would be shortages for corn and soybean production, which is usually used as food to "grow" animals, and for Chinese rice and winter wheat production. This would lead to increased prices, and food would be inaccessible to hundreds of millions of people. Overall, the global impact could put up to two billion people at risk of starvation.

The report calls for the global elimination of nuclear weapons as soon as possible. This is a common-sense recommendation that, if heeded, will benefit all humanity.

Alison Forrest

Livermore

Opting out of new trash collection fee

I am just wondering how many people noticed the announcement on the back of a recent mailing from the agency StopWaste.

The bulk mail piece sent to Alameda County residents looked like just another piece of junk mail, and I imagine many did not even read it before tossing it in the trash. On the back, however, was a notice announcing an annual fee to be charged to all garbage accounts in Alameda County. The fee ranges from $1.81 to $21.72 per year -- forever, I believe. Residents only have until March 31, 2014, to opt out. To opt out, visit http://www.benchmark.stopwaste.us/optout-form.html or call 877-786-7927.

Athena Lynch

Livermore

Open borders advocates can adopt the kids

Wake up, America! The purported 11 million illegals in our country is a sham! This figure dates back to the '90s and is not reflected in the current number. The fact is there are more than 15 million gracing our country.

Those who have followed the rules by entering our country legally are to be applauded and are bound and determined to adhere to our laws from the concept of entering our country lawfully. Regarding the forthcoming immigration reform, my suggestion: permit the children smuggled over our border to remain but deport the illegals (parents, friends, etc.) responsible for bringing them by breaking our laws.

As to who should take charge of them, I'm certain there are legal family members or friends who would open up their homes/hearts to provide support until they can provide support for themselves, either by foster care or adopting them without the aid of our government's entitlements. Where there is a will, there is a way.

Also as an alternative, those who are promoting reformed immigration, all those bleeding heart politicians, the president included, I'm sure would be willing to take these illegal children under their roof and provide them the American way of life. They certainly have the means to do so.

After all, those who are bringing the woes of these illegals to the forefront certainly should have compassion and should/would be proud to include these unfortunate children under their roofs as extended family members. As an aside, WE didn't separate the families, those smuggling did by leaving their own country, full-well knowing the consequences of breaking our laws. All's fair in love and war!

LaVerne Walters

Dublin

Raise the bar for teachers to earn tenure

In November 2008, Gov. Schwarzenegger put Proposition 74 on a special election ballot. This proposition would extend the time that a teacher is given tenure from two years until five years of service. The California Teachers Association raised their dues to fight this proposal. It worked. The proposition failed to get 45 percent of the vote.

What are some of the problems with automatic tenure? It makes it difficult and very expensive to remove an underperforming teacher. It is months of legal wrangling involving a principal, the school board, the union and the courts. Tenure is not earned but given freely. Two years is too short a time for an evaluation of a teacher's performance.

Once tenure is given, many experienced teachers choose easy assignments rather than the difficult schools who would benefit from their experience. Yes, keep tenure, but make it more meaningful -- not just a gesture. Five years of teaching would be a good measure.

Mary McMahon

Livermore