All residents will pay for 'soda tax'
The Times' July 5 front-page story on the proposed "soda tax" in Richmond overlooks an inconvenient truth. It's a truth Councilman Jeff Ritterman and other sponsors of the tax don't like to talk about.
The fact is that Ritterman's tax isn't a soda tax. It's a general tax increase on the right to do business in Richmond. Local shops, restaurants and other businesses covered by the tax will treat it like any other business cost. They will pass it along in higher prices on all products and services -- not just on soda and other sugary drinks.
The tax, therefore, will be paid by everyone, not just people who drink soda and other beverages with added sugar. It is regressive and will fall hardest on lower-income people, as it takes $2 million to $8 million a year out of the pockets of Richmond residents.
This is one reason we oppose Ritterman's tax, and why all voters and progressive-minded people of Richmond should reject it as well.
Lloyd G. Madden
RichmondMadden is president of Black American Political Action Committee of Contra Costa County.
Time for the police to cite illegal cars
Whose responsibility is it to monitor vehicle registrations on the road? The CHP, local law enforcement or both?
The other day I was coming home on Kirker Pass Road and had
Of the 12, six were up to date, three were overdue since January or February of this year, two were overdue since 2011 and one actually had a 2010 sticker.
Does the state realize the revenue it could collect on these vehicles if they were stopped and impounded and owners made to pay the fines?
If I saw five in a short time, how many are driving around not being pulled over while the rest of us are paying our yearly registration?
Setting a precedent that is dangerous
Those applauding President Barack Obama's use of an executive order to halt the deportation of immigrants brought to the U.S. as children are extremely shortsighted. They seem to forget that this could set a precedent that can just as easily be used to promote policies they don't like as for those they do.
Are they also going to praise the "leadership" of a president who denies all funding for family planning services because "it's the right thing to do"?
The issue is not whether you agree or disagree with any particular policy, but the idea that a president can circumvent Congress any time it doesn't go along with his ideas.
Colin C. Mckenna
Not sure Hercules should be a stop
I was surprised to read a couple of days ago that "Hercules has been awarded almost $10 million by the state in connection with a planned railroad station," and that this will become a stop on the Capitol Corridor.
Why should Hercules, population about 24,000, a fraction of the population of the cities where the train now stops, be a stop at all, let alone at a cost of $10 million when the state is in financial distress?
Certainly not to reward it for its financial management; according to your May 11 article, "Hercules' books are so shoddy and riddled with omissions that some of them are 'inauditable,' says the state's chief financial officer."
This had to do with "more than $2 million in expenditures of federal and state funds during 2009-2010." The city government was apparently in complete disarray.
M. Lester O'Shea
K.C. fans' behavior was embarrassing
I thought Kansas City fans had more class, but after what happened Monday night, I guess not.
The treatment of Robinson Cano during the home run derby was truly disgusting. So your guy didn't get chosen -- are you kidding me? This isn't Little League, grow up.
Maybe if K.C. had a decent team, fans could cheer for them; but that probably won't happen in my lifetime. I guess K.C. fans are a bunch of low-class rednecks.