Fighting for promises made to constituents

Tom Lochner has consistently written balanced articles, so I was surprised to read his article, "Council in tension."

For the record, I didn't want to continue as mayor, as Lochner suggested. I wanted the Hercules City Council to appoint a good mayor -- the right way.

Lochner included some facts, but omitted others. One key omission is how Dan Romero used residents as intermediaries to lobby council members for his mayoral appointment, a Brown Act violation. He didn't mention that Romero's grudge started during the recall. Our clash isn't largely personal but has continued due to fundamentally opposing governing philosophies.

Lochner didn't write about how I've been fighting to keep the city's smart planning vision, how I've argued against the sales of city properties to residential instead of retail developers, how I've opposed Romero's attempts to deny citizens their right to speak, how I've fought to include residents in council decisions through town hall meetings and citizen advisory committees, how I advocated for ethics reform.

I'm standing up for what's right. It's my job, my promise to my constituents.

Myrna de Vera

Hercules De Vera is a member of the Hercules City Council.

Two ways to examine Komen funding loss


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The Sept. 3 article about the Komen Foundation's drop in donations brought to mind the reason my donations came to a halt.

The pro-choice individuals made much noise about the foundation's decision to cease its funding to Planned Parenthood, which allows some of the funding for abortions.

But how many pro-life individuals, who had not known about the funding to Planned Parenthood, suddenly stopped their donations when this news broke? I am horrified to think that any of my previous donations may have been used to snuff out the life of an innocent fetus.

The pro-choice people made noise, but the pro-life people silently, but remorsefully, closed their pocketbooks.

Mavis Sonnier

Walnut Creek

Vouchers for medical care make no sense

As a retired senior, I am a proud supporter of The Alliance for Retired Americans, and this is how I look at the issues that affect us all in the upcoming elections:

No to voucherizing medical care.

Earlier this year, the GOP proposed replacing traditional Medicare with vouchers or stipends for private insurance. The amount would not be enough to keep up with medical inflation.

The Congressional Budget Office already found that plan would increase overall health care costs by $34 trillion in the next 75 years and increase out-of pocket costs by $6,000 per senior per year.

Similarly, the Ryan-Wyden proposal would replace guaranteed health care benefits with vouchers. This approach will lead private, for-profit insurance companies to cherry pick the healthiest seniors, leaving Medicare with sicker and more costly seniors, ultimately driving up its costs and crippling the program.

Bob and Joni Laurence

Antioch

Planned Parenthood is helping women

Cutting funds for Planned Parenthood on the basis that they only do abortions lacks common sense.

Having volunteered at Planned Parenthood, I have seen low-income women come in pregnant and upset, because they can barely take care of the children they already have. Planned Parenthood helps them with birth control and teaches teenage girls about safe sex in order to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

We need to stand up to politicians who advocate cutting funds and support Planned Parenthood. They do a remarkable service for their communities and for communities around the world.

Selma Soss

Walnut Creek

Ryan values truth, so he uses it sparingly

The fact checkers have it all wrong about Paul Ryan.

What they don't realize is that he has such immense respect for the truth that he uses it very sparingly.

Richard Seiden

Oakland

A bizarre benefit for noncitizens

Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured, but not everyone must prove they are a citizen.

Now add this: Many of those who refuse or are unable to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens.

Rodney A. Affonso

Union City