Congress continues to fail all Americans
America is falling behind in almost every category that can advance our country.
Our Congress is at fault, not President Barack Obama. Congress members fight over everything that comes before them for a vote. The GOP's No. 1 priority is "Beat Obama," instead of doing what is good for our nation. They don't care about what our people, cities and states need.
The GOP has made it all about race, the war on women, the price of gas and anything else they can come up with. They really need to help the president bring Americans back to a normal life.
We, the people, should protest and tell members of Congress that they will pay the price for their failure at election time unless they help Americans get jobs, help those who are losing their homes, and stop making it harder for blacks, Latinos and the poor to vote.
Even though Congress members do a terrible job -- or no job at all -- they continue to get a paycheck. They tell us what is good for us. No! We must tell them what is good for us. The American people must insist both parties in Congress do the work we pay them to do.
Only in America can this happen
Only in America could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000-a-plate campaign fundraising event. Only in
Only in America can we have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.
Only in America would we make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege while we discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just become American citizens.
Only in America could the government collect more tax dollars than any nation in recorded history, still spend a trillion dollars more than it has per year for total spending of $7 million per minute, and complain that it doesn't have enough money.
Vote for change in November.
Voters in East County must reject Measure S
Measure S does not solve East Contra Costa Fire Protection District's financial problems. The fire chief admits it, and the district's own numbers prove it.
A poll showed voters would support a $96 tax, but the fire district's board decided to push a $197 tax (which can grow to $250) to fund a 30 percent staffing increase and another station. Because of these service expansions and the district's costly pension problems, even with this new tax the district likely will end up in worse shape 10 years from now.
The board presented this huge tax increase as if it were the only solution. It's not. Now the board threatens to close stations if voters don't pass the tax the board created. Vote no on Measure S.
Executive director, Contra Costa Taxpayers Association
Brown using same old ploy for taxes
For the last week we have been inundated with threats from Gov. Jerry Brown regarding the draconian cuts to schools and the poor if his tax increases are not approved by the voters.
In the article of May 15 ("Schools next in Brown's cuts") he "proposed slashing programs for the poor" and threatened to slash schools next if voters don't approve the tax hikes, relying once again on the same tired, old, doom-and-gloom mantra used by the liberals to scare the voters into raising taxes in the most taxed state in the nation.
It seems odd to me that he threatens huge cuts to education, hospitals and nursing homes, and a 5 percent wage cut to state workers, when the budget he submitted includes a spending increase of $5 billion. A spending increase of $5 billion? I would think huge cuts would not be necessary if his budget didn't include the increased spending he wants. It just doesn't make sense.
Some common-sense ideas might help
Today's paper tells of the search for an auto accident victim, found eventually at week's end. Would this man not have been located sooner by bloodhound or police dog, an economy in personnel and perhaps a lifesaver?
Reports this morning tell of yet another theft of copper wire from a public park, an expensive and inconvenient loss for the community. Who pays for the recycling? Who identifies the recycler? Surely if one attempts to sell a quantity of recycled copper, police should be interested in seller and buyer.
Any common-sense solutions?