Elect those who will work for you

I'm increasingly concerned by Richmond Councilman Corky Booze's attempts to divide the council and create false divisions in our community.

After riding into office on the coattails of the Richmond Progressive Alliance, he's turned on those same good people, reviling them and holding them up as impediments to progress. Booze is the impediment.

Booze uses false accusations of racism and classism against the RPA, certain other council members and Richmond city workers to aggrandize himself while speaking of "his" people and setting himself up as the champion of the underrepresented. He's aligned himself with Big Business to make sure the RPA candidates for City Council are defeated.

People should not be fooled: More good work has been done on behalf of all of Richmond's residents by Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and the progressive members of the council than was done in many years under the auspices of Chevron-backed business-as-usual council members.

If you want your council members to work for you and not for their own special interests, re-elect Tom Butt and elect Marilyn Langlois and Eduardo Martinez.

Kate Sibley

Richmond

Right candidate for Richmond

Richmond needs someone willing to work aggressively in job development, ensure a positive educational environment for young people and who is familiar with our neighborhoods' needs.

I believe Gary Bell is the most qualified candidate for Richmond City Council and will bring the right leadership skills to our city. We need someone who demonstrates a leadership style that fosters unity among council members to work with and listen to Richmond's residents.

Bell cares about our environment and will hold those accountable for our public and industrial safety. With Bell's financial background, he will work to bring together the business community to attract new business and support training programs for our current residents for economic empowerment.

Gary Bell is the right candidate for the City Council.

Angela Smith

Richmond

McNerney is the right choice for Congress

As a local educational leader, I am supporting Jerry McNerney to be re-elected to Congress. He is a leader in promoting educational opportunities for youngsters and adults, and for creating powerful initiatives to support youth and families.

  • McNerney listens to educators.

  • Is committed to bringing federal resources back to the region.

  • Wants to make sure teachers have the support they need to get supplies and to continue to receive professional development.

  • Is a strong advocate for STEM education, having brought the Science Committee to the district for a STEM forum.

  • Authored the National Safe Streets Gang Crime Prevention Act to combat gang violence.

  • Cares deeply about the value of education and the need for safety and will fight for what's right in Congress.

    He is a man who possesses knowledge and wisdom, and acts with integrity. Please join me and vote for Jerry McNerney.

    Dr. Joseph Ovick

    Brentwood Ovick is Contra Costa superintendent of schools

    Election will decide nation's priorities

    Nicholas D. Kristof's column, "Compassion is a sign of civilization," struck deep in my soul and should for every American. While Kristof used universal health care as a sign of compassion, I believe we face greater challenges to our humanity.

    Budgets across the globe have been ransacked by the 2008 economic collapse. Austerity protests staged in Europe may well happen here at home. And yet in America, military spending accounts for more than 50 percent of the budget. We can no longer afford to continually be at war.

    While the economy is important, this election is about more than economics. It is about how we as a people set our priorities. As private money funds deceitful messages, Americans must dig deep to maintain our humanity as we vote. Is our society defined by the pronoun "me" or "us"? Do people matter? Humanity weighs big in this election, and it depends on how deep we look inside ourselves when we vote.

    Gary L. Rosenberg

    Walnut Creek