Look at what politicians do
Oakland residents are struggling and need jobs. Recently, on the bus, a woman's young child was screaming from what appeared to be hunger. We need to save Oakland jobs, find ways to get more and help our unemployed.
I just read about an Illinois town where a company owned by Bain Capital -- Mitt Romney helped build it and still gets money from it -- is going to send 150 highly-trained jobs to China.
Right now, at Sensata Technologies, workers are training their replacements who have been flown over by the company. Soon, those Illinois workers will have no jobs. And a few rich people will get richer. I doubt that the Chinese workers will get rich from all this.
We need to pay attention to what the politicians and businesses really do, not just what they say.
Some really do help others
On July 12, I was returning from a shopping trip on College Avenue when the battery died on my electric scooter.
Happily, two very courteous men were walking in the Locksley/Hudson neighborhood of Rockridge. When they realized my situation, they immediately came to my aid. One of them even said, "Don't worry, we'll get you home, wherever you live."
Backing the words with action, they pushed me on my scooter for several blocks before we met my husband
When I thanked those two men, one replied that the true goal of everyone is to help others. I must say, they amply demonstrated that philosophy.
I was too rattled to ask their names. But if a friend or neighbor sees this letter, please tell them that I won't forget their kindness to a stranger. And I will make every attempt to pass along their courtesy and wonderful point of view.
Budget ignores local problems
Oakland city leaders have a different standard when it comes to defining what is a balanced budget.
They kick the pension problem down the road without making a payment; our police department is grossly understaffed; and city streets are neglected, as we all know -- but our budget is balanced.
Climate change is election issue
Of all the election rhetoric coming from both sides, there has been almost nothing said about what ultimately could be the most important issue of all.
Except for a few who are blinded by their own special interests, it's virtually impossible now to deny that measures to combat global climate change are necessary before it's too late.
I'm especially concerned that a Republican administration would, as it has threatened, rescind environmental protections on the grounds that they are bad for business, and continue to look at any protective measures as liberal fantasy.
Think about what you want to leave for your children and the future of the Earth when you vote.
High-speed rail makes no sense
California high-speed rail is as much about public transportation as Apollo 11.
The imperious Senate Democrats feel safe voting for Gov. Jerry Brown's Freudian fantasy. They represent a constituency of rent seekers and single-issue race, environmental and sexual-identity grievance groups who are clueless outside their primary delusions.
The real locomotive for passage is quid pro quo, with the multitude of public and private unions supporting this fiscal train wreck. Powerless conservatives can only sit and grieve this final whistle stop of the great state of California.
Despite that, this makes no economic sense to begin with. Every mile of track will be challenged by eco-maniacs, Indian sacred sites, earthquake fault lines and general-purpose NIMBYism. The track will look like the gerrymandered voting districts that put these "visionaries" in a place of mischief.
If we're going to massively spend in deficit, let's do it on infrastructure that's currently falling apart, not new infrastructure that will inexorably fall apart.
Happy about court's decision
I am happy the Supreme Court rendered a favorable decision on the Affordable Care Act. I am glad to know my children and grandchildren will have a secure health care picture before them from here on out.
The Affordable Care Act brought many people into discussions of what it takes to be a healthy nation. Now I hope we can discuss better and affordable education for our most valuable asset, the children of America.
Martin S. Gottlieb
Debunking the political myths
Since Citizens United, American policy helmsmanship has slipped from the hands of citizens to oligarchic moneyed elites, and ubiquitous right-wing myths have so clouded public perception that the affluent have us voting their interests and abandoning ours.
Trickle-down voodoo Reaganomics is a fraud: It never worked.
Plutocrats falsely claim "government doesn't create jobs," as if people serving in the military, first responders, scientists and others are counterfeits.
Real taxpayers, through our government, created those jobs -- not the private sector -- but they're real jobs nonetheless.
Taxation isn't "picking winners and losers," it's dues-paying for living in a civilized society.
Reactionaries fraudulently insist for-profit, insurance bureaucrats care about you more than our government's ombudsmen.
Health care isn't just an optional privilege for the well-off. It's a strategic, national-security need, a constitutional mandate (Article 1, Section 8) and a U.S. treaty-signed right (Article 25 of the 1948 U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights).
We need a paradigm shift in America's approach to health care, away from "fee for service" to "health maintenance" through taxpayer-funded, single-payer, nonprofit, no-fault, no-pre-existing-conditions, keep-your-own-provider, universal health care access (Medicare Part E) for everyone.
Holder must realize that pot war is lost
I feel like sending Attorney General Eric Holder an email telling him to lay off.
It is no longer politically expedient for him to keep making a pretense of getting rid of marijuana. We've already lost the war. Don't let them exterminate pot as well as sex and rock 'n' roll.
Madeline Smith Moore
High-speed rail is really off the track
The bullet train: the ride is over.
That is to say, the great American ride, premised on the happy-face belief that the United States is No. 1 and that everything's going to get better again. The bullet train is California's Bridge to Nowhere.
For those who are taken in by whatever election cycle's version of Ronald Reagan's, "It's morning in America," I have a bridge to sell you -- or a train.
Jeffrey L. Suits