Obama is for 'We the people'

The U.S. Constitution begins with "We the people" for a reason: The Founding Framers did not want to see a new American aristocracy arise from our independence.

Today we again face the choice between a "We" candidate of, for and from the people -- President Barack Obama -- or an oligarchic plutocrat, a "Me" candidate of, for and from the aristocratic wealthy -- Mitt Romney.

Obama is your, my, and our only truly patriotic choice.

Ed Chainey

Richmond

We need Oprah for president

What America needs is a black president, a woman president, and someone who knows how to make money -- all rolled into one. Where are you, Oprah Winfrey?

Richard S. Colman

Orinda

Langlois has the qualities we need

I met Marilyn Langlois 15 years ago when going to Lockheed Sunnyvale to picket its involvement in Desert Storm. We were about 20 Richmond residents who wanted to make a visible protest to that war.

When told to leave by Lockheed security, all of us did so save Langlois. She sat resolutely and took the consequences of her actions: an arrest and jail for trespassing.


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In the ensuing years, Langlois has consistently shown me her steadfastness in maintaining her ideals. Even when I don't agree with her viewpoint, I find her integrity admirable.

We sorely need this quality in our elected officials, and for this reason alone, I would vote for her. As it happens, her track record has given me many additional reasons to vote for Langlois, and I urge voters to do likewise.

Dave Ijams

Richmond

Obama has done fair job, given the mess

Given the mess President Barack Obama encountered, the political polarization in Washington, and the challenges he still deals with day to day, he has done a fair job.

I hope my vote would be a minor factor against Mitt Romney's wish to purchase the White House.

Fred Mohammed

Livermore

Pass Prop. 30 for community colleges

I am an international student who is currently studying at Diablo Valley College. I found out that our tuition has been increasing rapidly in this two years, especially for international students.

For most of the international students, we choose to study at a community college for the first two years, then transfer to the University of California or California State University rather than applying to the UC or CSU.

An important reason is that the less expensive tuition in the community college, and the small size class in the community college.

Now, however, community colleges, such as DVC, which I am attending now, are losing their advantages gradually. Tuition keeps increasing, and the class size is becoming bigger and bigger, while the variety of classes is becoming less and less, which means there are more students being admitted to Diablo Valley College, while fewer classes are available for the increasing amount of students.

For now, I think there is a great solution for this situation: Vote yes on Proposition 30.

If we can, we can stop another $6 billion in cuts to our schools this year. We can prevent tuition hikes for college students and their families. And we can invest in our schools and colleges so we can prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future.

Wei Zhang (Vivian)

Pleasant Hill

Question the safety of GMO foods

I am responding to your misguided recommendation to vote no on Proposition 37 and the accompanying snarky cartoon.

I think we must ask ourselves why the giant pesticide and junk food companies funding the no effort do not want to discuss the fundamental issue, which is: "Do we have the right to know what's in our food, as 40 other countries do?"

They focus only on what foods are covered and what are not and say it will increase costs.

That is not true; food companies change labels frequently, anyway.

Is GMO food safe? There is some cause for concern but we don't have good research because these companies have convinced the FDA that GMO foods are no different from regular food.

On the other hand, they're different enough that they need to patent the seeds ... hmm.

Trish Clifford

Richmond