Vote no on taxes until pensions are fixed

It's time to send a final message loud and clear that we are fed up with government waste by voting a resounding no on all new tax increases.

Government at every level has been wasting taxpayer money long enough. The icing on the cake is fat cats getting fatter on inflated and spiked pensions with no meaningful efforts being made to stop it.

Maybe if there is no more money to grab, it will stop. I say let's force this issue. There are millions in this country looking for jobs. Those overpaid jobs of government leeches would be snapped up in a heartbeat for a third less in pay and practical benefits.

Activist judges have blindly secured public pensions as untouchable while private pensions can evaporate without so much as a "gee, sorry." Public and private are not apples and oranges. We've all worked for our retirement payout and government is not too big to fail as we are seeing and forcing taxpayers to foot out-of-control benefits and retirement packages has finally reached its limit.

Michael D. Scott

Walnut Creek

Chevron funding campaign hit pieces

Moving Forward, an organization primarily funded by Chevron to defeat Marilyn Langlois and Eduardo Martinez in the election for Richmond City Council, has issued several hit pieces in an attempt to defeat these two people.


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The mailers falsely imply Martinez consistently missed meetings while serving on the West Contra Costa school district board and other committees. According to Martinez, he missed meetings only when his schedule conflicted, and even then he studied the issues. One of the committees elected him chairman for his diligence in studying the issues.

Chevron is trying to use its financial power to defeat candidates who will actually hold them accountable for their actions, paying for hit pieces attacking Langlois and Martinez.

Chevron is distorting the truth by saying Martinez was not attending meetings at these "government jobs," which are volunteer positions with no pay, with Martinez giving his time willingly, on the two committees mentioned, but also on the Recreation and Parks Commission and the Point Molate Advisory Committee.

Chevron needs to stop these scurrilous attacks.

Jim Mallory

Richmond

Many reasons to vote to end death penalty

I ask everyone to support Proposition 34, ending the death penalty in California. There are myriad reasons, financial and moral.

The reason it touches me most deeply is the danger of executing an innocent person. There have been many people found to be innocent after execution. Even one is a tragedy. Another tragedy is that the real perpetrator is still free.

Iris Ridgway

El Sobrante

Callaghan is right pick for fire district board

Vote for Janet Callaghan for a seat on the Rodeo-Hercules Fire District board of directors.

Our fire district needs new leadership during these hard financial times, and I know the decisions made by some directors have been very costly to the taxpayers.

I disagree that our residents will only get the service they are willing to pay for. I want the best emergency service we can deliver with the funds at hand. If that means a change in our response doctrine and a return to a robust reserve program, so be it.

We need directors who will be innovative in how we deliver our service and train and recruit future firefighters.

We've witnessed the decline of this fire district, which was aided by three appointed directors whose primary goal was to be liked by the employees.

We need leadership, not a parcel tax to fund the same old response.

Change will only come when the public votes out those who corrupt our public safety by voting unsustainable pensions, pay and perks.

I'm voting for Callaghan and hope our citizens will seek out the facts and join me in supporting her.

Bill Prather

Hercules Prather has been an elected member of the Rodeo-Hercules Fire District board since 1994.