Children's health more important
Although I don't live in Richmond, I am very much in favor of Richmond's soda tax.
I decry jeopardizing the health of our children in support of businesses. I suggest businesses work with the community to eliminate sugary sodas and substitute healthy drinks.
Stronger financial regulation needed
Mitt Romney wants to weaken burdensome government regulations on business. Let's examine how this would play out in the banking industry.
The financial crash of 2008 was caused by a combination of incredible greed, unbelievable stupidity and lax financial regulation.
However, it is impossible to get rid of greedy or stupid bankers.
Doesn't this mean that the only way to avoid another financial meltdown is to have more effective, stronger financial regulation?
As an example, Canada had far stronger banking regulation in 2008. Do you know how many Canadian banks failed during the 2008 crisis? None.
Measure G would help schools greatly
As a math teacher in the West Contra Costa school district, I urge citizens of the district to vote yes on Measure G.
Public education in California is already in an austerity regime. I buy my own copy paper. Our contract has no individual class-size limit, only a maximum average of 38. Class sizes of 40 are common.
Many administrative and classroom support staff, including language and special education classroom staff (needed in this era of inclusion), have been eliminated. The gap between mandates and resources grows ever wider.
If Measure G fails, we will likely lose counselors and librarians in the 2014-15 school year, the first year of the new Common Core Standards.
Measure G is not a tax increase. It merely extends the current tax another five years.
The district has been recognized as being financially disciplined and as a teacher I can testify to that, because we have the lowest salaries in the county.
Measure G helps maintain the status quo for school staffing and resources. Please vote yes on Measure G.
Kudos to Times on tax stand
My commendations to the Times for recommending voting against Propositions 38 and 30.
I am very impressed with your announcement and was particularly pleased with your coined expression: "As long as we keep sending, they will keep spending."
Hopefully, Contra Costa County residents will heed this message as they also vote against the Contra Costa Fire District parcel tax measure. Now is the time to consider emulating Scottsdale, Ariz., and Fountain Hills, Calif., both of which have successfully opted for privatized fire protection.
No on Brown's tax is right call
I compliment your saying no to Gov. Jerry Brown and his tax. I didn't think you had the guts to do it. I think the state is headed for bankruptcy, although I don't know if states can do it.
The only solution is to freeze existing defined benefit pension plans and go forward with defined contribution plans (401(k), for example). Since many public companies (IBM, for one) have done this, why can't government do the same? Also, it needs to be done at all levels, county, city, fire district, etc.
I plan to vote yes on the two-year budget proposition. Too bad it doesn't also have the Legislature meet only every two years. I checked days ago and, if I recall correctly, Brown signed 876 new bills that were passed this year.
I don't know how many more he vetoed.
Since California became a state in 1850, it doesn't seem that we need all those new laws. The Legislature meeting every other year might help the problem.
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