Backing Martinez and Langlois for council
This year's Richmond City Council election answers the question of why good, hardworking people don't run for office.
The special-interest, Big Money backers are resorting to a new low of lying by omission. The fliers attacking Eduardo Martinez and Marilyn Langlois are typically used by those who wish to continue exploiting the community. They think residents are out of touch and not educated enough to know that Big Money wants to continue oppressing the masses.
While I don't agree with everything Martinez or Langlois support, I know I can discuss the issues with them and they'll listen to the other side before making a decision.
The attack on Martinez, with his face on a missing milk carton, lies by omission. It implies he had government jobs and missed work continually. The fact he had been a committed teacher in Richmond for many years and after retiring continued serving the community by volunteering on many school committees, as well as committees for the city, was omitted.
The backers of the hit pieces don't care about the unselfish commitment of Martinez and Langlois to our city. They wish only to throw stones and hope some will hit.
George Will's column was disappointing
As an independent voter, I was very disappointed by George Will's Oct. 11 column, "Obama's selective defense and upholding of Constitution."
Although I often disagree with Will, at least his arguments were thoughtful and constructive. Lately, he seems afflicted with the same kind of dogmatic political myopia afflicting almost all congressional Republicans.
As a centrist, I observe Republicans have engaged in egregious abuse of institutional rules to block presidential appointments and legislation to intentionally create gridlock. As a result of this obstructionism, the 112th Congress is on track to pass the least amount of legislation in 60 years, with a staggering disapproval rating of more than 80 percent.
People of all political persuasions are ill-served by this kind of behavior.
Will is in a position to use his bully pulpit to criticize Republicans for this "my party, right or wrong" approach to government. Instead, he misrepresents President Barack Obama as the one abusing rules and precedent. Will, therefore, becomes an enabler of this ridiculous dysfunctional government.
Turning facts on their heads is the only thing politicians do these days.
Voters can begin to fight obesity
Obesity is a nationwide epidemic. The resulting health costs, suffering and premature loss of life are staggering. Health risks of obesity are parallel with smoking. Sales taxes were effective in reducing tobacco usage and they will with beverages as well. The opposition argues that a fee will be bad for business. Shouldn't some business be discouraged?
Sugared drinks are addictive and regular consumption brings irreversible changes to adolescent bodies that make future attainment of healthy weight improbable.
Even if good for business, we don't allow the sale of drugs like cocaine or heroin. So why allow easy sale of addictive beverages that contribute to lifelong damage? There is no argument about the health impacts of obesity, nor the role of sweetened beverages.
The American Beverage Association offers no helpful suggestions. Their members make big money from kids who are sickened by their products. Hopefully voters will see beyond the millions being spent to defeat this measure. Voting yes on Richmond's Measure N is simply common sense.
Romney campaign sign was defaced
We thought your readers would be interested in a political campaign sign supporting the other side in this year's presidential election.
I tried in vain to find signs for Mitt Romney's campaign, so I made my own. It is 2 feet-by-5 feet, with lights for evening viewing.
Living in this bastion of a Democratic Party majority, I have been amazed at how many people have stopped to take photos. The sign has been defaced by graffiti and we repaired it.
Dennis and Carolyn Rydgren
Troubling amount of executive turnover
As reported Oct. 18, "the number of women in senior-level posts climbed from about 30 percent to 42 percent during Romney's first two years -- but dropped to 25 percent in his final two years." This much executive turnover might be considered normal in government, but it would be an alarming collapse if it occurred in private enterprise. A chief executive's worth is displayed in many ways, one of those is being able to form and retain a solid leadership corps at the next level. Many voters would therefore like to learn the circumstances of these departures from Mitt Romney's Massachusetts administration.
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