Sutter misleading public about nurses

Sutter's registered nurses continue to be shocked and frustrated every time we read in our local newspapers the claim by our employer that, "many full-time nurses are ... eligible for an $84,000 annual pension for life." Ask any Sutter nurse and you will get an entirely different figure.

I have worked in almost every nursing unit at Alta Bates in Berkeley for more than 43 years and, at age 66, I must continue to work for many more. Like so many nurses who are also primarily women, I have been the sole bread winner for my family.

I collect my pension and, because I cannot live on the less than $1,000 a month pension payment, I continue to work as well. Though I work part time like most of my nurse colleagues, those who have worked the same number of years as me but on a full-time schedule have pensions under $2,000 per month.

Sutter is disingenuously misleading the public to disenfranchise us nurses from public support for our issues.

Christine McCarger

Oakland

The A's, not the Giants, are Oakland's champs

I was appalled at the great lengths to which the Tribune went to gloat in the San Francisco Giants' World Series accomplishment.


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For two weeks, much of the entire front page has been dedicated to San Francisco's baseball team. Then came the Nov. 1 front page: A picture of the Giants' parade through S.F. with the headline "OUR CHAMPS!" I was utterly disgusted.

Our team -- the Oakland A's -- were eliminated in Game 5 of the ALDS. Their team -- the San Francisco Giants -- won the World Series. Their team, not ours.

In a time when Oakland is being threatened with losing all three of our sports teams, along with millions in revenue and jobs, national relevance and civic pride -- it is offensive, in poor taste and detrimental to the city to claim non-Oakland teams.

If the Trib is not specifically committed to writing positive stories about Oakland (not just the murders), it needs to stop misleading its readers and change its name to the Bay Area Tribune. If Oakland's newspaper is not directed toward Oaklanders anymore, I'll gladly cancel my subscription.

Edward White

Oakland

Candidates only care about winning election

My home is not campaign headquarters and I am sick of coming home to campaign leaflets and fliers covering my front doorstep.

I have slipped on them many times. Thank goodness that I am in good health and can take a fall.

The callous disregard with which candidates and their campaign workers conduct themselves should be telling their constituents that they really couldn't care less about anything other than their winning.

Fremont is looking trashy -- what with all our fences and empty buildings covered with their posters and fliers.

I am sickened by the conduct and acceptance of this treatment of our city and its populace. Shame on them.

I have posted a few billets of my own, on my property, with my permission. And I do not promote anybody, just my sanity.

Laura Piccolotto

Fremont

High cost of disposal is the real culprit

The city of Hayward has an illegal dumping problem that impacts our community in many negative ways, including draining city resources to clean up the debris.

Volunteers and city staff who have been trying to clean up the mess are frustrated and angry.

Recently, staff introduced an ordinance that requires private property owners to clean up junk dumped in the public right of way near their home or business or be fined several hundred dollars and billed for removal.

The ordinance gives staff sole discretion to decide who pays and who does not. No evidence, hearing or other process is required.

The $140 to dispose of an old mattress or couch is excessive and the real cause of illegal dumping. Many Hayward residents, especially those being evicted from their homes, are unable to pay such a high cost.

Instead of persecuting innocent property owners, the city should provide an affordable solution for residents who have junk.

Al Parso

President Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association Hayward

How come scale did not change?

One of the benefits of ending daylight saving time is that it's supposed to make things lighter in the morning. So how come my scale still reads the same?

S.L. Chandler

San Francisco