Measures N and O good for our city

As a very healthy 65-year-old, 25-year Richmond homeowner, I'm proud that our City Council has put Measure N, the "soda tax," on the ballot.

Like the war on tobacco, the sides are clearly defined: those concerned with the health of our communities, and those whose sole purpose is to profit from our communities.

Anyone who's been paying any attention is aware that something like the "soda tax" is an idea whose time has come.

Obesity is a massive health issue affecting the country, and health professionals are leading the charge toward change, just as in the tobacco wars. The profiteers are again fighting back.

A humorous aspect of the "soda tax" is the profiteers' concern for the poor. The poor, like the "jobs" thing, are popular again -- it's election season.

Richmonders of the past may have been fooled every which way, but this is the new Richmond and we're not getting fooled again.

Vote yes on Measure N and companion Measure O, and for the candidates who support both, Tom Butt, Marilyn Langlois and Eduardo Martinez.

Mike Meagher

Richmond

President should be hounded out of office

While the cover-up after the slayings in Libya was disgusting and the statements about the video inflamed the situation worldwide, the actions that led up to it were reprehensible and inexcusable.


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Any president who is a mere mortal rather than the liberal media's anointed second coming of the Messiah would be hounded out of office over the murderous act of sending the ambassador to Benghazi without proper protection or even allowing him to go at all. This over any other campaign issue is reason that President Barack Obama must go.

Bob Rickman

Benicia

President's actions seem hypocritical

Our president's campaign rhetoric regularly includes the statement: Tax the rich! Whereupon he hops aboard Air Force One to raise campaign funds by tapping the rich. Aren't these actions contradictory and hypocritical?

D. Curtis Flynn

Walnut Creek

Yes on Measure N provides a solution

The poor are impacted the most by the obesity epidemic, diabetes and heart disease.

The poor are bombarded more by advertisers to buy garbage food and garbage drinks. The poor have fewer resources to fight obesity and its associated illnesses. Obesity is regressive.

Vote for solutions. Vote yes on Richmond's Measure N.

Juan Reardon

Richmond

Free market must serve the citizens

Free-market capitalism as a basis for an economy is a perfectly fine system, so long as the culture it serves has as its primary aim the welfare and essential needs of all its members.

For the last 30 to 40 years, the concerns of the business community and corrupted government agency officials have generally narrowed their aims to securing greater profits and wealth for one's self and one's own loved ones.

This has allowed free-market capitalism to become a free pass for narrow-minded thinking and irresponsible behavior that results in greater inequality, misery and irreverence.

People who are essentially hired to speak in favor of this outdated socioeconomic system are typically academics who partially blind many readers and listeners by flashing their credentials before launching their vague, convoluted, ignorant and heartless rhetoric.

Until we become reacquainted with our innate connection with one another and embrace the wisdom and lasting values that stem from it, different systems will need to be employed.

Ron Greenstein

El Cerrito

Ivette Ricco is right for Pinole

A vote for Ivette Ricco is a step in the right direction. She has held important financial jobs and has a good grasp of Pinole's various problems.

Charles and Mary Whaley

Pinole

California leading way to clean-energy future

The recent article "California gas prices hit record high for third straight day" missed pointing out that there is hope on the horizon.

Paying high gas prices while oil companies make record profits seems unfair, but at least our state is doing something about it.

California's clean-fuel standards are already bringing the next generation of cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars to market, some of which use no gas at all. This will help break the control that oil companies have over the market and move our state toward a clean-energy future.

I work with California Interfaith Power & Light and hundreds of faith communities that support California's clean energy and climate laws.

Stewardship of the Earth is an essential part of religious observance, and these new policies will help us become better stewards. Clean fuel and clean energy are good for our health as well as our pocketbooks, and we look forward to these standards being implemented.

Greg Bedard

California Interfaith Power & Light Oakland

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