Don't get rid of death penalty

Dear Editor:

The coming election will decide the death penalty.

I consider life in prison with no chance for parole to be cruel and unusual punishment. I consider it to be unconstitutional. I prefer the death penalty. How about you?

Don't get rid of the death penalty, get rid on the rules that allow retrial.

Death sentence today, the guillotine tomorrow.

Bob Oliver

Antioch

Time to ease traffic crush

Dear Editor:

In an ideal world, courteous drivers would alternate to let traffic on the freeway. In East County (and elsewhere), they don't! Wouldn't it make sense to implement metering on-ramp traffic in Antioch and Pittsburg to help "ease the crush." Suggestions include the west bound Somersville on-ramp from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and eastbound Loveridge and Somersville roads from 2 to 7 p.m.

A suggestion: Make the eastbound Loveridge exit right or left turn only.

Too many cars are exiting the freeway, simply crossing Loveridge and getting right back on the freeway -- this just moves the traffic jam down the road a bit.

It's obvious that we all need to be patient as the construction progresses. It would be great if all of us were courteous drivers, too.


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The simple suggestion to implement metering would probably help a lot in the meantime.

For what it's worth, I am a part-time bicycle commuter, trying to do my part to drive down gas prices and relieve congestion.

Michael Kean

Antioch

Re-elect Taylor in Brentwood

Dear Editor:

It's that time on the calendar that we all love (just kidding). Politicians making promises, pointing out what's wrong with their competition, and asking you to vote for them so they can make all things right. As we all know, somehow those promises and plans never quite come to fruition.

When considering your vote for Brentwood mayor this year, take a couple minutes to reflect on how wonderful it is to live in the city of Brentwood and who has been leading it. Bob Taylor has delivered results -- not words. Simply stated: Brentwood is financially strong and is one of the best places to live in the state.

Don't forget -- while most cities were cutting their way through the rough seas of the economic downturn (with many cities drowning), Bob Taylor never lost sight of his role of leader. While keeping one eye focused on maintaining essential city services and safety, he always kept the other on the long-term priorities that will take Brentwood to an even higher quality of life for all of us.

During election time, it's real easy to become attracted to words and promises, but I'm going with a proven track record and voting to re-elect Bob Taylor. His leadership delivered results -- a rare thing these days.

Mike Hinchcliff

Brentwood

Taxpayers need to fight back

Dear Editor:

Finally, Gov. Brown acted and gave permission to the refineries to switch to winter gas production before Oct. 31. Really, almost 10 days after the crisis was identified? This decision took way to long considering the governor knew full well the price of gas would hit $5-plus a gallon. Why does everything take so long when we, those working our tails off, are paying for it?

What will it take for California to understand that politicians, once elected to office, need to support those who vote for them, and not a party line. California, just like the federal government, indicates it needs more money to operate. How can this be true based on the amount of our hard-earned tax dollars that is wasted each and every day!

I urge each and every person who goes to the polls in November to take a hard look at the amount of money the government (federal and state) is taking from you. As for me, 40 percent is taken on what I make and 10 percent on what I spend. Yet supposedly, 50 percent is not enough to support those making the decisions about what we need.

I have made a decision. Just like the government has closed and is focused on the election and campaigning, my wallet has just closed, except for the expenditures I absolutely need (gas, food and medicine). I urge others to consider this closure as well until these idiots get the message. If consumer spending dropped significantly, especially over the holiday season, there might be some movement and correct decisions made.

You cannot tell the banks you will cut off their borrowing power from the Federal Reserve Bank unless they start making riskier loans. This was the brilliant move made by then-President Clinton, and was the primary factor in leading to the mess with the economy we face today.

I have had enough. Feinstein is wealthy enough and has been allowed to funnel money to her husband's business for well over 10 years. Obama has spent more money trying to tell us companies cannot fail. Maybe he should walk across the street and ask Ford how they made it then. It is clear General Motors and Chrysler were not going to make the hard decisions to change their financial position. In fact, all of us as taxpayers own $9 billion of GM stock, which the Obama administration purchased for us. The problem is it is only worth $4 billion now. So the next time Obama or Biden start talking about the auto industry being paid in full, maybe we should look a little closer at the bottom line. This statement, like most made by politicians, is a lie, just like the ambassador's death, the money we need to provide to countries supporting terrorism and the number of jobs created each month. Let's be clear, most have stopped looking for work entirely (these people are then not counted) or are underemployed (part time or less than what they were making). Listening to the president, you would think we were ready to step into a new productive era. Yet when I look around my town, I see layoffs, business closures, downsizing -- every indication we are in significant trouble.

It is time for every responsible voter to wake up and smell the coffee. We are being driven to bankruptcy and destruction. It is time for a significant change.

Louis Renner

Antioch

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