Integrity is most important issue

The most important issue for the presidential campaign is integrity, or more precisely, the overwhelming lack thereof.

A comparison between pre-election promises vs. actual results for the incumbent suggests an integrity rating close to zero. Likewise, the waffling policy changes for the current wannabe suggest the same, close to zero rating.

Integrity is key and fundamental to democratic government.

It should be the foundation of a Maslow "political hierarchy of needs." Regardless of the issue -- economy, monetary system, deficit, foreign policy, defense, environment, education, and so on -- without integrity, we are lost.

Chris Kniel

Orinda

Need customers, not tax breaks

On a flight to my hometown in Wisconsin, my seatmate was a local businessman whose factory makes parts for home remodeling.

He once had 500 employees but now is down to half that many. He said gloomily, "I'd like to keep my remaining workers." Recession has reduced demand. People don't feel confident enough to spend on remodeling.

This employer doesn't need a tax break. He needs customers!

President Barack Obama will provide them. How? He will spend on building and repairing infrastructure and on improving education. This "stimulus" money gets into the pockets of average people much faster than a plan cutting taxes for the wealthiest and waiting for manna to trickle down.


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Businesses are not going to expand until there are customers to buy their products.

To help pay for stimulus spending, Obama will end the Bush tax cuts and add a modest tax increase to portions of income over $250,000.

Mitt Romney giveth, and Mitt Romney taketh away. His 20 percent tax cut will be offset through canceling deductions and closing loopholes, in effect raising taxes.

Don Markos

Castro Valley

Capitalism would be destroyed

The issue that determined my choice of candidates is the "communization" of America.

President Obama is an Alinsky Democrat. Every person in the United States should know what an Alinsky Democrat is, but basically it is an anarchist, interested in destroying America.

Obama has shown his cards to America, by appointing 32 czars to direct policy in economic sectors. Each czar is actually a central planner, whose function is to direct policy to all businesses. This eliminates competition in these sectors and eliminates capitalism.

The effect of having the government direct policy to all American businesses is to drive them into bankruptcy. But the government can't allow that, so they will be nationalized.

The next step is for the president to issue an executive order requiring all sectors to be unionized. This completes the transfer from capitalism to communism.

A vote for Mitt Romney means a vote for capitalism.

Don Crook

Fremont

Measures E and G are both necessary

Recently the Times published an editorial on the West Contra Costa Unified School District Measures E and G. It supports Measure G, but not the bond measure, Measure E.

The reasoning might make sense to accountants, but it disregards the needs of our students and the commitment of our greater school community.

The strong positive benefits of our modernization program can be seen every day. For example, the new solar powered El Cerrito High School has become a hub of community activities, such as being the home of the West Edge Opera (formerly The Berkeley Opera) and hosting regional basketball clinics, community candidate forums and other community special events. The new academies it supports are tremendous additions to the educational environment.

Those of us whose schools have been rebuilt should feel morally obligated to support Measure E so all West County students have the advantages of attending modern, safe schools. That is the commitment we made to one another when we first passed Measure A in 1998 and that is a commitment we must keep now for the sake of our students and the school district.

Al Miller

El Cerrito