Federal workers contribute much
As a former federal worker with more than 30 years of service in five different federal agencies here and in Washington, D.C., the Fourth of July is a very important day for me.
Since the dawn of our nation, federal workers have played a significant role in America's achievements.
The contributions of federal workers was very much in evidence this week as Americans celebrated our nation's birthday.
Millions of Americans checked a weather report prepared by the National Weather Service, grilled meat inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and flew in skies kept safe by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration.
Others enjoyed time outdoors in our national parks, traveled with children protected by car seats inspected by the Consumer Product Commission, and visited post offices to mail letters and packages to loved ones serving in the military.
My fellow federal workers and I are proud of the jobs we've done for America for the last 236 years.
Wolf is a former director of U.S. Executive Seminar Center in Berkeley.
Hope that journalism continues to be taught
Thank you Leonard Pitts, Jr., for your article on June 25. I am in complete agreement with him
I truly hope the day there are no more printed newspapers never arrives. I also hope that journalism classes continue to be taught in schools.
Budget deal a loser for state's children
The budget deal made in the Legislature ("Democrats, Gov. Jerry Brown arrive at California budget deal," June 21) is a bad deal for California's children. It eliminates the Healthy Families Program, and moves nearly 900,000 children out of a popular, successful program, with no guarantee that they'll have access to doctors to get the health services they need.
Since nearly half of Healthy Families enrollees are Latino, this deal would be particularly devastating for Latino children.
The deal is also a terrible budget decision that puts at risk additional state revenue. To save $13 million this year, this plan jeopardizes the opportunity to draw down $183 million annually through a continuation of the Managed Care Organization (MCO) assessment.
We can't afford to make unsound budget decisions like this, and we can't afford recklessly experiment with the health of our children.
Our legislators need to stand strong for children and vote against the elimination of Healthy Families.
Should be aware of fake insurance
Most people are aware of uninsured and/or unlicensed driver problems when there is a collision, but here is another issue to complicate matters even more.
A young, female Latino recently crossed three lanes of the road to collide with the left rear of my car. No one was hurt; damage was substantial, but both my car and her truck were drivable.
License and insurance information was exchanged and I took photos of both damaged vehicles. I informed my insurance company and filled out an accident report form for California. So far, so good.
When my insurance company checked the license and other driver's insurance, both were false. The insurance information was for another person, and expired. The license was also in a different name. So far my insurance company has not been able to locate the other party even after contacting the DMV with our information.
Recognizing that the police have better things to do than investigate noninjury accidents, and the DMV helpfulness is questionable, all I can recommend for anyone involved in similar accidents is to take more photos; ask to see multiple identification documents and if there are expiration dates printed on any of the items check the date closely. I learned my lesson. Maybe this will help others be alert for drivers with fake licenses, insurance papers and other false documents.