Three solid choices for Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill residents have an opportunity to elect three outstanding community leaders to our City Council in November. They are Planning Commissioners Jim Bonato and Tim Flaherty and Councilman David Durant.

Bonato heads the city's Fourth of July Commission and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. Flaherty chairs the City's Civic Action Commission and is instrumental in organizing our Community Service Day and Concerts by Lake. For their service, each has been recognized as Pleasant Hill Citizen of the Year.

Durant has served on our City Council for more than a dozen years. He has led our city as mayor three times and is a major force behind our economic development program.

Bonato, Flaherty and Durant have long and distinguished records of service to our community. Their experience, leadership and dedication will serve us well as they lead our city into the future.

Please join us in electing Jim Bonato, Tim Flaherty, and David Durant to the Pleasant Hill City Council in November. Thank you.

Michael G. Harris, OD

Pleasant Hill vice mayor

Dawn Block

Past President Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce

Corporate profits before health

Measure N, Richmond's proposed soda tax, concerns the well-being of our youngest and most economically disadvantaged community members.

Our low-income youths are targeted by Big Soda advertising campaigns in the interest of corporate profit, with no regard for their health. If the soda tax is passed, the projected 15 to 24 percent reduction in consumption of sugary drinks will reduce childhood obesity, diabetes, and heart and dental diseases.

The revenues gained from the tax will fund programs to further reduce childhood obesity and related diseases with much needed soccer fields, and swimming and education programs in Richmond.

As a business license fee, the tax will be passed on to consumers, so it will not affect the revenues of small businesses. Big Soda companies will continue to profit, just not at the expense of our youngsters.

Vote yes on Measure N to help level the playing field for low-income youths.

Pam Stello

Richmond

Police employees back Ricco for City Council

The membership of the Pinole Police Employees Association has endorsed Ivette Ricco for the Pinole City Council.

The members expressed enthusiasm for her financial services background and her message, "Status quo has got to go." We look forward to working with the City Council to develop a workable fiscal recovery plan.

John Engle

Pinole

Engle is president of Pinole Police Employees Association.

Republican election strategy based on fibs

The Republican national campaign strategy appears to be built on the premises of "You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time."

This would appear, however, to be a short-term, losing strategy.

For example, saying that Obamacare will "destroy" Medicare, while it might be a catchy phrase, has no factual merit. It will not stand the test of time. In fact, Obamacare is all about the preservation of Medicare.

Another fib being told is that President Barack Obama made our economic crisis worse and that we are not better off than we were four years ago. Go back to early 2009 and remember how bad things were then. Our economy is greatly improved since he took office.

President Obama will be re-elected in November. You can't fool all of the people all of the time.

George Fulmore

Concord