The same players, different setting

I read that Stephen Tilton, recalled former member of the Pinole City Council, has endorsed Maria Alegria, recalled former Pinole mayor, for the BART board.

He feels "Maria has always been destined for larger venues than the Pinole City Council." The BART board is a larger venue? Why not run for state Senate or Congress? Pinole was just small potatoes for the ex-mayor?

Tilton opposes the two incumbents on the Pinole City Council, Mayor Pete Murray and Councilman Roy Swearingen, in the November election. Tilton's "neutral" on his old pal Ivette Ricco, who's trying for a third time to secure an elected position in Pinole.

Two council seats are open and Tilton supports only one candidate. Maybe he just wants a three-member council.

In 2008, Tilton said he wasn't supporting Ricco in her council bid against Debbie Long, yet he adorned his lawn with Ricco's campaign signs, then vehemently denied they were there. After eyewitness accounts of seeing the signs, he recanted his statement.

Alegria, Tilton and Ricco are again in Pinole's political limelight. It's good to see Tilton back in the thick of things. Who wouldn't want his support?

Marcia Kalapus

Pinole

De Vera should stand her ground

Councilwoman Myrna de Vera should stand her ground in response to the rambling Times editorial of Sept. 3 that asked her to either resign or "get a grip on the reality of Hercules."

The reality is that de Vera, like most Hercules residents, has a realistic vision of Hercules that is more than just houses and apartments.

Mayor Dan Romero and councilmen William Wilkins and John Delgado do not offer a vision for what Hercules will look like in five or 10 years. Their singular goal has been to retire the debts left to Hercules under the mismanagement of the previous administration.

Good government requires leadership in paying off mandatory debts, while simultaneously keeping an eye on the ultimate goal of building a city people want to live in because of the schools, services, businesses, restaurants and entertainment.

Selling off city land at prices dictated by a developer who only offers to build 350 apartments, and not improve the community, does not serve the needs of Hercules now, or in the future.

James D. Mendez

Hercules

Save a cow, eat a vegetable instead

The Sept. 7 Times reported, "Students to get taste of Meatless Mondays."

The Pleasanton school district will begin to change out meaty lunches for those that include Mediterranean offerings with hummus and grapes as Meatless Mondays go into effect.

Now classified an international movement, students will be educated about the health benefits of eating more meat-free meals, said Frank Castro, the district's director of child nutrition services.

The request came to Castro from the Humane Society of the United States. The society declared that choosing to go meat-free just one day a week helps spare animals from factory farms, helps our environment and helps our health.

For centuries, before Vatican II, Catholics were the butt of jokes as we voluntarily refrained from meat on Fridays as a means of self-discipline and to honor our Lord. Now, in this enlightened educational environment, kids are going to be required by the government schools to give up meat one day a week in order to protect cows? What about the poor vegetables, don't they have feelings, too?

Camille Giglio

Walnut Creek