Hercules needs measures passed
The Hercules City Council asks voters to consider two important measures in the June primary election.
In 2011, Hercules cut the budget by $6 million and is working on cutting another $1.6 million for 2012. These severe cuts to public safety and other essential services aren't sufficient, and more local revenue is needed. Measure O will help stabilize the city's finances.
Measure N would end the utility's drain on the budget and correct past financial mistakes, allowing scarce revenues to be applied toward public safety and get Hercules back on a sound financial footing.
Rubio, a 21-year resident of Hercules, is the chairman of the Citizens Finance Advisory Ad Hoc
John Muir's patients failing to 'be heard'
In answer to John Muir's ads on TV and its literature stating "Be Heard," according to friends, business associates, and the public, it is difficult to find a physician who listens.
Perhaps John Muir could use the "Be Heard" ad money to teach physicians to really listen. With listening skills, the diagnosis and treatment would be more accurate. Obviously the people who came up with the ad slogan "Be Heard" rarely been patient of John Muir's physicians.
You are lucky if you get 15 minutes of their time, and God help you if your are chronically ill or have more than one medical problem.
Let's stop calling ourselves patients. Actually, we are paying customers of a large medical corporation; as customers, we need physicians who listen, provide correct diagnoses and treatment, and give us reasonable time to "be heard."
Antioch must stand united on Measure J
If there was ever a time in Antioch where we need to stand united, it is now. We need to support Measure J, the Antioch High School bond. Antioch High is a proud old school, but after 58 years of wear and tear, it is in dire need of major repairs and a complete makeover.
Some of those who oppose the measure fail to realize that these young men and women coming from Antioch High are the future. They are our future nurses, teachers, doctors and police officers. But the only way they can achieve these careers in life is through a solid education foundation, and that means a first-class education environment. That is why my family, friends and I are united in our support of Measure J.
The future of thousands of young men and women rests in your vote. I urge you to please vote yes on Measure J. Let's put the future of our young men and women first.
Gov. Brown must begin to do his job
I read with interest Karen de Sa's article outlining Jerry Brown's flip-flop on funding for youth prisons. He apparently eliminated it from the California budget proposal, but when confronted by the prison guard union and affiliated special interests, hr placed it back in. I voted for Brown as I believed at his age, he would be immune from the special interests and do the right thing.
Instead of tax increases, I urge Brown to do his job and tackle the large issues facing California such as the Cal- PERS' unsustainable pension promises (actuarial assumptions of a 7.5 percent return are a joke) and funding for our prisons. The prison guards' union has been very active in supporting issues such as Three Strikes and high sentences for first-time drug offenders to grow and protect their high salaries and benefits.
It is time for Brown to stop kicking the can down the road and actually do his job. Take on the issues that will mitigate our budget problems; then, and only then, will you get my vote for additional taxes. Until then, my vote is no on any tax increase.
Occupiers don't respect hard work by police
Do the Occupiers not go to school or hold jobs? It seems they have too much time on their hands.
As to any police department having to interact with them, I want the police to know there are many of us who back them all the way. The police have a very tough job and are appreciated by many.