Ludicrous waste of tax dollars
Three states -- Arizona, New Mexico and California -- are involved in building a fence between them and Mexico; Texas is next.
The fence was to be 700 miles long and the estimated cost would be about $4.1 billion.
The Department of Homeland Security was stopped from further development of the fence by President Barack Obama in March 2010. Now a new effort is being made to continue with it.
I hope we stop this waste of money and spend it on more important needs, such as higher salaries for teachers and construction of new schools.
If goods, services and corporations can cross international boundaries without restraint, then it does not make sense to impose such extreme restraints on the flow of people who work to make these goods and provide these services.
Wake up, America. We can't afford any more debt.
How come scale did not change?
One of the benefits of ending daylight saving time is that it's supposed to make things lighter in the morning. So how come my scale still reads the same?
Save Berkeley post office
On Oct. 29, the U.S. Postal Service announced the date of the final hearing for the sale of the historic Berkeley Main Post Office.
At a packed hearing in mid-September, the public was assured the Postal Service would work with the city of Berkeley to set a date that would allow full community participation. Instead, Postal Service staff set the final public hearing on a date when many residents will be away, the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving.
We demand not only that the Berkeley post office not be sold, but also that the hearing be set for a date when the community can attend. This is part of the national campaign to stop the planned privatization and dismantling of the public postal service announced by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.
Residents are urged to attend the Nov. 14 demonstration, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., gathering at the Main Post Office on Alston Way at Milvia Street.
Berkeley Welsh is a member of Citizens to Save the Berkeley Post Office.
Rebuild the Delta but don't divert around it
Sea level is predicted to rise at least 1 meter by 2100, which would destroy the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta by inundating it with salt water. Most of the Delta region west of Interstate 5 would be under water.
To prevent the Delta estuary from becoming a brackish swamp, a dam across the Suisun Bay east of the mothballed ships will be needed.
The dam would stop the inflow of rising salt water throughout the vast region of the Delta and provide an infusion of fresh water that would improve the health of the Delta.
Controlling the flow of fresh water into the bay would provide a reliable source of valuable fresh water with a surplus for California farmlands and Southern California.
Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed $14 billion tunnel to transport 9,000 cubic feet per second of fresh water from the Delta to the Tracy pumping stations would starve the already fragile Delta of fresh water and would not protect the Delta from rising sea level.
Instead of diverting water from the Delta, Brown should begin rebuilding the archaic Delta levies and develop plans to adapt to rising sea level by protecting and rebuilding California's low-lying resources and infrastructure.
Analyzing the false claims about ACA
The current issue of the AARP magazine examines many of the claims made against the Affordable Care Act and cites analyses of these claims from nonpartisan sources. Many of these claims by conservative groups and politicians were found to be false.
For example, the claim that the new law "raids Medicare of $716 billion" is not true; this is the estimated savings between 2013 and 2022, mainly from reforms in payments to insurers, which will then be applied to other changes such as closing the Medicare "doughnut hole" on prescription medicine. Will the health care act increase costs to everyone? According to this article, as of Aug. 1 approximately 12.8 million Americans have already received rebates from their insurance companies.
I encourage every one to read this AARP article about these and other false claims about the act.
Joseph A. Rard