Section 8 improves conditions for seniors

I am a 71-year-old resident of Westlake Christian Terrace in Oakland for low-income seniors. The two-year renovation of the East Building, in which I live, began last October.

As a religious person, I am pleased to say that members of the Disciples of Christ founded Christian Church Homes. CCH has been negotiating with Housing and Urban Development, the Oakland Housing Authority and banks for remodeling.

CCH negotiated Section 8 for residents from HUD. Section 8 is a federal program through which I would pay 30 percent of my income for rent. In these unstable economic times, as president Don Stump of CCH told me, more seniors need affordable housing.

I am recording secretary of the WCT Resident Council. A resident friend on my floor, in a monthly council meeting, asked if the remodeled apartments would have lower cupboards, higher toilets and bathtub bars. Stump answered yes. He noted that with Section 8, we would have lower rent and better conditions as seniors.

Maureen Hartmann

Oakland

Skip over comics you do not like

Most of the "comics" are not really funny or interesting, and some I find crass and offensive.

I would not think to write and ask a newspaper to change what it prints. I just skip over or don't read the ones I don't care for. My favorites are Frank and Ernest, Family Circus and I used to love B.C. before its untimely disappearance.

Some people, however, don't have much of a life if they are asking the paper to remove or move the comic Mallard Fillmore, which I happen to like very much. Really? How pathetic.

Please don't give in to this silliness.

Margaret Gregory

Alameda

Delighted that cheats denied Hall of Fame

I was delighted when I read that none of the baseball cheats were elected to the Hall of Fame. I felt the Baseball Writers Association of America had enhanced the value attached to the Hall of Fame.

Then, I read columnist Mark Purdy's outrageous comment and "impossible hope" that some day MLB would declare a "steroid amnesty" because if "75 percent of players were using PEDs ... maybe it was a more equal playing field than we thought."

Is Purdy suggesting that if players cheat, deliver superb results and have unlimited money to hire the finest legal team who teach them to dodge legal questions, then society should hold them unaccountable?

Should we simply look the other way and allow American sports to sink so low?

Many in society look up to these Hall of Famers as heroes. Congratulations to the BBWAA for holding integrity and sportsmanship above numbers.

Silloo Tarapore

Lafayette

New lumber tax detriment to state

The new 1 percent tax on lumber and engineered wood products is a prime example of how California is considered to be anti-business.

My wife and I own a specialty lumberyard in San Leandro. We also are both CPAs. I see that the annual cost of compliance by the states retailers and the State Board of Equalization shall exceed the $35 million to $40 million that the tax is supposed to raise.

All of this to support a few special-interest timber companies to the detriment of retailers and consumers throughout the state.

John Beckwith

San Leandro