Hayashi is not fit to be supervisor

Mary Hayashi for supervisor? How dare she!

She is an admitted shoplifter and, according to her statement, something is wrong with her brain. She expects us to vote for her?

There are already enough people in politics who have something wrong with their brains. We don't need this one, too.

Ruth Streit

Newark

Natarajan is great mayoral candidate

Fremont is very fortunate to have a mayoral candidate this time around who I believe can make a significant difference for our city's future. Anu Natarajan is that candidate.

I first met Natarajan in 2005 when we worked together on Celebrate Fremont, the all-volunteer community group that developed and put on Fremont's 50th anniversary celebration.

It was apparent then and still is that Natarajan is deeply committed to making Fremont the ideal place to live, work and play. Her level of enthusiasm is contagious, which I experienced firsthand when we got more than 2,600 Fremont residents to join in for Hands Around the Lake, the opening event for Celebrate Fremont at the Park, on Sept. 9, 2006.

Natarajan's background in architecture and city planning are exactly what we need at this critical time as the development of both our downtown area and the BART Warm Springs area begins.


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She's got my vote. Join me in making her our next mayor.

Douglas A. Tinney

Fremont

Romney gives us back our country

In a recent, excellent letter, the writer stated, "The America I grew up in is gone." This is true for me, too. America's glory has faded so that now we have only empty promises and drowning debt.

Regarding Mitt Romney: He is not perfect -- none of us are -- but he loves our country and wants to save it. Was it John F. Kennedy who said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country"?

Ida Kempel

Alameda

Don't keep giving to school money grab

Just like in every election, we as citizens are being asked to increase funding for schools. And, once again, those in favor of these massive tax hikes are misleading the public.

California public schools are 31st in classroom size and have a per-student spending ratio of $9,509 per year. Two points to consider, as most experts will confirm, students in Japan are better educated yet their student-teacher ratio is 33:1, while California's is 28:1. Japan spends less money per student as well.

As for teachers, we once again hear the false accusations of massive teacher layoffs without ever hearing that 99 percent of those laid off for summer vacation are rehired when the school year begins.

We also hear no mention despite California ranking 49th in math achievement and 48th in reading achievement, California teachers are the highest paid in the U.S., averaging more than $66,000 per year.

It is time to tell the CTA no more money grabs. Study the facts and vote no on both Propositions 30 and 38.

Emmett Simmons

San Leandro

Proper blame for Benghazi tragedy

With reference to Bob Rickman's Oct. 12 letter, "President should be hounded out of office," let me inform Rickman that the president does not control budgets for embassies.

This is the purview of the House of Representatives' Budget Committee. Paul Ryan is the chairman of that committee. Ryan also voted against increasing the budget for protecting our embassies.

Now, tell me who is to blame for the tragedy in Benghazi?

Arlene Kaluski

Walnut Creek

Vote for slate to beat corporate money

Chevron has already spent more than $1.2 million thus far to try to defeat Marilyn Langlois and Eduardo Martinez for Richmond City Council.

Why would it do that? Is it afraid these two independent-minded people will try to hold it to a higher safety standard?

The American Beverage Association has already spent more than $2 million thus far to defeat Measure N, a business license fee of a penny-per-ounce on sugary beverages (such as soda), to fund recreational opportunities for local kids. Why would it do that? Is it afraid of a healthy Richmond?

Will corporate money buy Richmond's elections?

In 2010, Chevron and casino interests spent $2 million in an effort to try to buy the election. But the intelligent people of Richmond saw through the lies and defeated their candidates.

We, the people of Richmond, need to flex our voter power and defeat this corruption of the democratic process.

I urge you to vote for Marilyn Langlois and Eduardo Martinez for Richmond City Council and yes on Measure N.

Tarnel Abbott

Richmond