Bashing unions with a one-sided story

I have enjoyed Daniel Borenstein's columns, but he strayed into some unwarranted union bashing in his Aug. 19 piece, "Union intransigence threatens Port of Oakland services in fall."

He wrote: "But the agency only started setting aside money in 2007, 18 years after benefits were first promised. As a result, the plan has at best only 15 percent of the funds it should, with a shortfall of at least $110 million."

And so now the union is responsible for the mistake of not funding promised benefits from day one? Really? Maybe it would have been better to identify who decided not to make the payment to fund these negotiated benefits. Then we could recognize the culprit.

Every collective bargaining agreement, and its provisions, are negotiated and agreed to by two parties -- labor and management.

Provide both sides of the story and try to refrain from bashing unions, which represent half of the story.

Sal Spataro

Pinole

Sports section no longer relevant

A recent Saturday sports front page said it all: Giants vs. Padres, late; Indians vs. A's, late; Raiders vs. Cardinals, late.

Imagine a sports fan sitting down to a morning cup of coffee and a newspaper with nothing to report!

Why not just admit that the Bay Area News Group can no longer provide even minimum sports coverage and eliminate the sports section altogether? Imagine how much money you can save by eliminating the whole sports division.

David Dolberg

Richmond

PG&E billing policies arrogant, antiquated

PG&E has refused to change billing dates to accommodate those of us who get paid once at the end of the month.

PG&E's refusal is arrogance and also an underhanded way to make free money in penalties. The Contra Costa Water District has the same antiquated policy.

In this day of computer everything, it seems the programmers in India can't get this done. So PG&E and the water district, please be professional,  wake up some of your employees and make those changes to actually do something for your customers.

Ulrich Sondermann

Concord

Corporations to blame, not President Obama

The Republicans are nonstop blaming President Barack Obama for the unemployment problem. However, every few days items are in the paper about corporations slashing jobs. Big businesses all over are downsizing their workforce, and thousands lose their jobs. This has nothing to do with Obama's policies.

Also, bringing servicemen and women home from the war, it's a great thing, but no program for retraining and jobs. When the government wants a program established, the House won't support it.

Perk Bell

Concord

Not giving men proper respect they deserve

This has been declared the year of the woman and rightly so. Sometimes, it seems there is an in-your-face attitude. We never pay tribute to the millions of hardworking men who for decades took the title "head of the household" very seriously, working hard all their lives at jobs they didn't particularly like, believing their responsibility was to provide food, shelter, educational opportunities, etc., for the family.

An adage says "The surest way to make a man is think him so." From TV's earliest sitcoms, most relied on laughs by portraying the male as a hapless fool. Currently, an AT&T TV ad has very young girls deriding a man for being an ignorant idiot. Even the female teacher can't wait for him to leave the room.

In the tragic Aurora, Colo., shooting, three men gave their lives to protect the women they loved. Of course there are many bad apples, but women can be mean-spirited, too. Let us not forget the good in both.

Pauline K. Walton

Lafayette

Brooks column was out of line

Regarding David Brooks' Aug. 29 column, "The long and winding journey to discover real Romney":

Of all the absurd and toxic columns I've ever read, this is one of them. This newspaper's readership is smarter than some of the so-called professionals that litter its pages.

Kathy Youngs

Benicia