No on Prop. 32 -- beware false election reform

Proposition 32 masquerades as campaign reform. It is not enough that corporations can spend an unlimited amount of money to influence our votes through super-PACs.

They want to muzzle workers by not allowing payroll deductions for political purposes, crippling unions' fundraising efforts. Proposition 32 states that corporations can't use payroll deductions of their employees to fund political efforts either. The hope is that voters don't know that CEOs just write checks without consulting their employees.

It may be that it is known that this ruse will not work, but it definitely will siphon off resources that could support a worthy tax initiative such as Proposition 30, which will save our schools.

In general, there is an insidious attempt by the greedy to grab power. Associations like the American Legislative Exchange Council write laws for state legislators nationwide, laws which pads the pockets of ALEC corporate members. For too many CEO, lies, mislabeling and anything is fair game in order to dupe today's voters.

Eloise Hamann

Dublin

Save the elephants -- boycott China

How can I read the latest shocking article in the National Geographic magazine about "25,000 elephants killed last year?"


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Why -- for ornaments on a table, religious artifacts, jewelry for the rich and "paying for their own board" (per Zimbabwe's president) by their ivory? China is the largest importer of ivory, and they sell these blood-derived artifacts symbolizing prosperity to whomever wants to pay the price, over their dead bodies.

As an American, we can very seldom purchase anything that isn't made in China. So I would like each of you to see where your purchase is made, and if it's China, think about 25,000 dead elephants and continue looking. No, not everything is made there. However, they sell lots here and to import and accept these tusks, each represents an animal that was brutally killed, when each could live 80 to 100 years, providing loving care to future generations.

If we don't buy from countries that deal in ivory, then the ones that mass-kill elephants would just possibly look elsewhere; perhaps not with AK47's but with honest hard work and not for the blood of helpless animals or defenseless citizens. I have bought China-made items; and we are routinely warned about unsafe pet treats. So each time we ponder buying something made there we need to picture 25,000 dead elephants and buy MADE IN USA.

Gay Maestas

Livermore

Cook-Kallio for mayor of Pleasanton

I am pleased to recommend Cheryl Cook-Kallio for mayor.

As a City Councilmember, Cheryl has worked effectively for Pleasanton residents in the city and the region. She has fought for public park access to Pleasanton's southeast hills, drafted plans to eliminate traffic congestion, and developed sensible measures to assure our city's long-term fiscal stability and economic prosperity.

About to retire after many years as an award-winning high schoolteacher, Cheryl appreciates the priority our community places on quality schools, and she understands the value of city-school district cooperation to support educational excellence for Pleasanton's children and families.

Cheryl welcomes input from all Pleasanton residents with varying viewpoints and always responds to calls and emails. When it comes to controversy, she strives to build community consensus rather than taking sides. She has the experience, temperament and passion to lead our very active, civic-minded community. Vote Cheryl Cook-Kallio for mayor of Pleasanton.

Becky Dennis

Pleasanton Pleasanton Councilmember, 1993-2002

Letter was too wrong to believe

Joanne Smith's letter published Sept. 28 was so full of inaccuracies, it's hard to decide where to begin to refute it.

In the first place, she starts off talking about extremist groups in the Mideast and then abruptly switches to calling the Tea Party extremist! Then she launches into a bunch of accusations about the Tea Party, refusing to listen to facts. It is progressive/liberals who refuse to listen to facts -- when confronted by facts, they descend to ad hominem attacks rather than debate the issues.

It is apparent that Ms. Smith has NO knowledge of what the Tea Party believes -- all they want is for the federal and state governments to operate in accordance with the U.S. Constitution, as amended. What they want is maximum freedom for all, without the government attempting to run everyone's lives. The media does not, in fact, "kowtow" to the Tea Party -- a web search of articles favorable to the Tea Party versus articles favorable to the Occupy protesters shows how much they "kowtow".

Chuck Harding

Livermore

This election pits candidate versus party

For the first time in this nation's history the presidential election will not be between two men.

One of the candidates is unimpressive, an "oh, well" choice by his party. I believe, eventually, that party will find it necessary to suppress their candidate to a position of figurehead and to change the campaign strategy from "Vote Romney" to "Vote Republican." This will pit Barack Obama, a human, against The Republican Party, an entity. To make it easier for those so inclined to vote nonhuman, I suggest just check any listing that starts with R.

Thomas C. Lofgren

Dublin

Beware the peril of socialism

Wake up, my fellow Americans!

We are living in the most dangerous times in our country. I know from personal experience. Born in Germany during the war, I know the world of persecution, inflation, hunger, no jobs, no personal rights, no hope that things will get better.

Spinning propaganda, socialism is always a promise for a better life for the average guy, and for a while it might work. However, it boxes you in with limited opportunity, and it always makes you dependent on the government. Eventually government runs out of money, people lose their motivation to work and it breeds mediocrity. Look at Russia, Eastern Europe, or Greece for examples.

If you see pictures of Germany in the '40s you will see millions of Germans extending their right arm to Hitler. Do not think that can't happen here in this country. The president ignores the three-branch system and laws by executive order. Wake up; some laws have already been passed by presidential fiat, so we almost have a dictator.

I am asking my countrymen to come to their senses and vote for the man that believes in our country's Constitution, and bring honor back to presidency. For our children and our grandchildren, we need to stand up and unite our voices against those who give us false promises, daily lies and mounting debt.

Luise Menges

Livermore