Must vote no on tax to stop addiction
Read the Voter's Guide summary on Proposition 30. I did. It describes how the governor and the Legislature fashioned a budget funding their favored programs but were $6 billion short. They want taxpayers to cover the shortfall, popularizing it as a "soak the rich" tax when it's actually the regressive sales tax increase producing the reliable revenue.
Realizing voters weren't likely to accept higher taxes for bloated public employee wages and pensions, high-speed rail and water-stealing canal projects, they applied 98.4 percent of the shortfall to an education budget, which constitutes only 37 percent of total expenditures. They now tell us it's our fault the schools will suffer so horrendously if we don't approve more taxes! We are being extorted by our own inept government!
Proposition 30 is a last gasp effort by government tax addicts so desperate to get their revenue fix that they will do or say anything. Like addicts, they are willing to sacrifice something of importance, our education system, to feed their habit.
Anyone having experience with addictive behavior knows this type of enabling merely prolongs the problem. We need to start their rehab process by voting no on Proposition 30.
Jeffrey A. Riley
Measure N is a regressive tax
I've never supported regressive taxes because they are taxes on the poor. The term "regressive tax" means a tax that is not graduated according to the income of the person being taxed. Therefore, all sales taxes are regressive and hurt the poor more because they are taxed at a higher proportion of their income.
Measure N is no different, regardless of what its proponents might say. The proponents of Measure N have attempted to stifle all debate on the issue by suggesting that being against the tax means you're in bed with the beverage industry, or you don't like children, or you are a tea party member. This demonizes people who have reasonable concerns about Measure N and has a chilling effect on community dialogue.
I have never heard anyone suggest that the abuse of sugar drinks is healthy behavior. The issue is the regressive nature of the tax itself. There is nothing progressive about a regressive tax.
Don't be bullied. Vote no on Measure N.
Charles T. Smith
Enos is best pick for school board
In addition to national and state issues to consider when we vote next week, there is a local school board election in the West Contra Costa school district.
Randall Enos stands out among the four vying for two seats on the board. He has by far the most broad and relevant experience. Enos, a Richmond native, is a product of the old Richmond Unified School District, the predecessor of the present school district, who obtained multiple degrees in education from UC Berkeley.
Enos then embarked on a career in the district as a teacher, coach and principal working in a number of different schools in Richmond and El Cerrito. He was most recently a volunteer football coach at Pinole Valley High.
Enos is running on a platform that emphasizes safe schools with supportive staff and teachers, a difficult task even in the best of times. With your support, we can elect an experienced and dedicated individual to assist in leading the district over the next four years. Enos deserves our support.
The character issue is most important
In watching the presidential debates, I had less than a minute to decide which candidate for president I would choose. I had only to look back on four years of the downward spiral of our country by this administration, not to mention the poor decision-making in the Middle East, which helped the wrong leaders and made the Middle East a tinder box.
As important as it is to listen to all the issues, it is equally important to choose the candidate based on quality of character. Mitt Romney is that man.
Voting against all new tax measures
I am voting no on any proposition that would raise income taxes. I am also voting no on any bond issue that would raise my taxes. This is why:
There is so much waste, fraud, spending abuse and duplication of boards and agencies. There is also too much partisan influence from the unions, the teachers, and, yes, even the media.
Let the state and city governments do as I do:
I budget, I prioritize, I economize. And if that's not enough to cut expenses, I eliminate.
Ava E. Harrison
Paper was wrong to oppose measure
This paper was wrong in its opposition to Alameda County Measure B1 for transportation funding.
The objection that the extra half-cent added to sales taxes would be a burden for "the less wealthy" does not consider that it is those, including seniors and the mobility challenged, who would gain most from improved transit.
Vote for B1.