Congress must do people's work

I appreciate George Will, in his Oct. 11 column, reminding us of President Barack Obama's constitutional lapses.

May I ask Will to remind Congress to do the people's business and not be on a perpetual "vacation," even when in session.

The congressional business isn't to devote all the time to get the other side to "lose" and force them out of office. I don't think that is abiding by the Constitution. Does Will think it is?

Timo Wadhawan

Danville

Voting no keeps the dream alive

The choices you make on Nov. 6 will determine California's course for years. We are kidding ourselves by believing that education funding shortfalls disappear with Proposition 30 or Proposition 38.

Proposition 30 or Proposition 38 both levy significant taxes on each one of us. The wounds that Propositions 30 or 38 are to heal have been self-inflicted, largely by our elected Sacramento politicians who simply do not say no to any influential interest group, be they University of California, public employees, business, teachers, or other unions or lobbyists.

And now Propositions 30 and 38 are used by Sacramento politicians and lobbyists to blackmail us.


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Save California for our children. Vote no on Propositions 30, 38, 32. Keep the California dream alive.

Milan Moravec

Walnut Creek

Won't be blackmailed into voting for taxes

Legislators are attempting to blackmail the citizens of California by holding our schools hostage. Due to the legislators' mismanagement of California's fiscal issues, they now say if we don't vote for this "temporary" tax increase, they will decimate the California educational system. May I recommend cutting the bullet train to nowhere that is not needed, reforming entitlements and out-of-control state pensions before cutting school budgets?

I'll bet they can even find some other places that money is being wasted if they really looked. I will no longer vote to raise any taxes in this state whether they directly affect me or not. That would be giving the Legislature, once again, a pass to have more money so lawmakers can continue to spend without true reform of the budget. I have a grandson in this school system, so I have a personal stake in this outcome. But I will not be blackmailed because the Legislature will not do its job.

Jenelle Balonon

Concord

Romney, Obama then and now

In his Sept. 28 column, "The real American campaign: Obama vs. Obama," Thomas Sowell has a valid point. The point's equally valid if you substitute Mitt Romney for President Barack Obama.

Romney then was governor of Massachusetts. Romney now seems to be ignorant of the problems of state government. Romney then was in charge of the Olympics; he dedicated his time and energy to using other people's money to make America look good to the world. Romney now takes his money out of America and invests in offshore enterprises to make America look poor.

Romney then tried to develop a health care system that worked for everyone, including women. Romney now thinks health care is a privilege, and is quite willing to write women out of insurance protection.

We want our politicians to tell us beautiful lies, rather than telling the truth about the world we live in and the problems and blessings our country actually has.

So why does Sowell get so incensed about Barack Obama's four-year-old lies, when he could be pointing out current evasions of fact by both candidates? Does it take him that long to recognize hyperbole?

Teddy Knight

Berkeley

Pension reform has already taken place

As a retired schoolteacher, I receive PERSpective, a quarterly bulletin for active and retired CalPERS members.

In the fall bulletin, Anne Stausboll, CEO of CalPERS, categorically stated that pension reform has taken place: "New employees will have to pay at least half the cost of their pensions" and current employees may be required to pay more than at present.

The amount of salary that qualifies for a pension will be capped. "Spiking" will not be allowed.

When will the Times cover this very important news with more details and analysis from calpers.ca.gov? These changes are pivotal to the votes on various propositions in November.

Silloo Tarapore

Lafayette