Prop. 30 won't balance budget

Your "Professor Budget" cartoon character may be happy about Proposition 30 leading to a theoretically balanced budget, but I'm not sure why.

The "Back in the Black" chart in the Nov. 12 paper shows a very optimistic view of tax revenue increases for the next two years, with every additional penny being spent. It also shows state spending increasing from $90 billion to more than $110 billion in only two years, an increase of 22 percent! And this assumes "fiscal prudence" from the Democrat supermajority, which will not happen. Not with all of their supporters salivating at the prospects of more money. Did we learn nothing from the Gray Davis years? When times are tough, borrow! When times are good, spend every penny!

One positive from the election is that all of the college students who apparently came out in droves to support Proposition 30, have received an important "life lesson" in how CA politics really works. Proposition 30 was never about education, and they (like many others) were duped by Jerry Brown.

Robert Schleicher

Danville

At our library, good service still exists

I recently had to go to the library to acquire some information. I could not find what I needed, partly due to my lack of technical expertise on the computer.

I then had the pleasure to meet Nancy Kreisen, an employee of the library, who went out of her way to get me the information I needed. Nancy was helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. In today's busy world, it is refreshing to find someone willing to take time and give needed assistance. Thanks, Nancy, and I will work on my computer skills!

Mike Dennis

San Ramon

It's not 'the season,' it's Christmas

Surprise! Surprise! No, I was not surprised to read in one of your first articles regarding "the season" that the author had sidestepped the word "Christmas" entirely, substituting "holiday" six times instead.

She used the word "Christmas" only when quoting someone or when the title of a business used the word "Christmas." She can't get away with the oft-used rationale that Thanksgiving through New Years is the "holiday" season. These are Christmas lights she's writing about.

What is it about "Christmas" that makes every editor want to shun it? I love Christmas. I love Christmas lights. I love Christmas parties. I love Christmas carols. I hope in the coming weeks that you use the word "Christmas" equally with the ubiquitous word "holiday."

Joan Hamblin

Danville

Sowell's work fine, eagerly anticipated

I firmly disagree with those letter writers who badly criticize Dr. Sowell. I think that it must give a thrill-rush and an ego trip to think (wrongly) that one is qualified to demean one of our most prolific and esteemed intellects.

I look forward to reading his column every Friday morning for his pearls of wisdom and strongly encourage continuing his contributions for the betterment of our society.

Frank J. Murar

Danville

CHP dropped ball on traffic after tragedy

The shooting of CHP officer Kenyon Youngstrom on Sept. 4 was a tragedy. Another tragedy that day was the colossal mishandling of traffic by the CHP.

I watched from Interstate 680's morning commute as 3,000 cars were routed onto San Ramon Valley Boulevard. The highway was closed until 7 p.m. that evening, at times on the north and south sides.

I am a medical doctor in Walnut Creek. Our doctors could not get to the hospital, nor could patients. These kind of delays are completely unacceptable. I have had enough forensics to know that the inspectors could have collected their information in a concise, timely way and cleared the scene much faster, especially since the offender was dead. The needs of the freeway users, and the businesses and jobs they go to, must be given much more consideration.

The CHP should immediately do a comprehensive review of their response to all such incidents and accidents. Officers should be mobilized immediately to redirect traffic in the most expedient way possible, and signs should be posted all along the backed up freeway, giving drivers updated information and alternate routes so they can make the decisions they need to make. This is long overdue. The results should be widely publicized and implemented immediately so this does not ever happen again.

Lisa Hudson

Danville

Silencing voice against spirit of free speech

Next to the funnies and the puzzles, the editorial page is one of my favorite parts of the paper.

I enjoy reading those with whom I agree and those with whom I disagree. I happen to enjoy Thomas Sowell very much. I find his logic clear and to-the-point. I also read articles by Leonard Pitts Jr., with whom I usually disagree totally. I would never make a request that the paper remove articles by Pitts. Likewise, I don't like it when some of your readers decide that Sowell should be removed and silenced. His name is clearly printed at the top of his articles. They don't have to read his articles.

Now to Pitts' article. According to Pitts, the GOP is wholly white and male and the GOP must stop courting angry old white men. He mentions Herman Cain, whom I believe is black along with Sowell, but they don't count. I am sure that Pitts is really concerned about the state of disrepair that the GOP is in and wants to fix it. If only the GOP were more like the Democrats, then we could all be in one Grand Old Party.

Robert Terhune

Livermore

Thanksgiving sales should face boycotts

Money talks. Want to stop Target and others from opening on Thanksgiving nights? Boycott the Thanksgiving night openings.

Isn't 363 days of shopping enough? We talk about how Christmas is so commercialized -- Santa coming to the mall after Halloween, Christmas decorations out before Halloween. Let's regain some control by saying, "enough!" Let retail workers enjoy time with their families. It may not happen this year, but when they lose money by opening on Thanksgiving this year, the stores should remember that for next year.

Thanksgiving is a time to thank God for His many blessings to us. And Christmas is a time to be joyful for God's great gift to us. Let us regain the true spirit of the season by not letting the commercialization of the holidays take control of our lives.

Marilyn Ludt

Pleasanton

Some belated words of advice for Petraeus

Dear Gen. Petraeus: "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!"

William Congreve (Jan. 24, 1670 to Jan. 19, 1729), who was an English playwright and poet, wrote that.

Jim Duncan

Dublin

Why are just some billionaires OK?

The Times' endorsements in the recent election included a "no" vote on Proposition 32. The television ads supporting this proposition, which were paid for by a couple of the most powerful unions in the state, used the argument that the proposition would lead to "billionaire hedge-fund managers" exerting too much political influence. Yet the front page of the Nov. 13 Times included a very complimentary story about "hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer" and his political influence. Would you care to explain why a "top Obama fundraiser" hedge-fund billionaire is OK, but others are not?

Monte Dalrymple

Livermore