Fremont priorities are out of whack

Recently, the local section had a story on the Fremont City Council's unanimous approval of $230,000 for an outdoor sculpture in Central Park.

Unanimous? Really? In the 50 years I've lived in Fremont, this has to be the worst decision ever. The day before this announcement, I found out that Abode Housing, operating Fremont's only homeless shelter for families needing help, was told by Fremont it would soon lose its city support for funding assistance.

Working with several local churches, Abode also assists in finding families housing of their own, including furniture and rent subsidies until they can get back on their feet.

Meanwhile, the Fremont Symphony celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, but is without an orchestra this year because of a budget crisis. The Symphony Guild and its members are diligently working to save this Fremont icon.

These are only two examples of how our City Council could prioritize its spending. We should do better than waste our money like this.

Bill Crowe

Fremont

Robinson column is right on the money

The recent Eugene Robinson column was right on. He hates the sequester, which diverts our attention from gun violence, global warming, dangerous dictators and unemployment.


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The needless hardship this will create in California means that more than 100,000 California infants and children and pregnant women will lose their WIC coupons to buy healthy food. More than 15,000 low-income families will lose housing assistance.

Californians will feel a bigger part of the cuts than any other state. Poor people don't have much of a voice and so will bear one-ninth to one-sixth of the program cuts to food, housing, child care and education support.

I want our Bay Area members of Congress to say "I object." I know Rep. Barbara Lee stands for ending poverty and so do all our Bay Area representatives. Let them know you support that effort.

Congress will not cooperate until it feels it has to. Lawmakers will not read your minds, people.

Call and write. That is what citizens in a democracy get to do. Invite relatives and friends in Republican districts to tell their representatives to stop this mindless behavior.

There are government programs that work: Head Start, WIC, SNAP (food stamps), Section 8, earned income tax credits, make a huge difference in ending poverty.

Sue Oehser

Oakland

Councilman flipped position of the Loop

In a recent article about the new Hayward Loop, the paper did not mention one of the big reasons we are having to deal with this upcoming gridlock.

Hayward City Councilman Franscisco Zermeno campaigned for his first term on the City Council saying that he would vote against the Loop. Many people voted for him on the basis that he would stop the Loop from happening.

Once he was elected, Zermeno changed his vote, voted for the Loop, and provided the swing vote needed to make it pass.

If you don't like the Loop, consider voting against Zermeno at the next election.

Julie Machado

Hayward

George Will column is a good choice

In my opinion, while Mallard Fillmore and Doonesbury do certainly express diametrically opposite political perspectives, they are not equal in other respects. Doonesbury is by far the better comic. Again, my opinion.

Doonesbury is incisive -- it slices like a finely-honed razor. Mallard Fillmore bludgeons like a sledgehammer.

Nonetheless, both have plenty of enthusiastic fans among readers, so I expect the paper will keep them both -- and rightly so.

However, to treat readers to something that slices like a finely-honed razor from a conservative point of view, I suggest the paper run George Will's column more often.

Richard Orlando

Oakland

Guns pose danger to many

Gun advocates have a point suggesting improved mental-health services would be beneficial, especially if the mental health is provided for the gun-obsessed and gun-crazed who are needlessly paranoid that sensible gun regulations would neuter their right to violent activities.

Yearly, tens of thousands of Americans commit suicide with guns. Easy access to guns risk the lives of law-enforcement officers. And thousands of innocent children lose their lives thinking real guns lying around are toys.

Hundreds of billions of dollars are taken out of the economy as profits to armament makers -- unproductive wealth lying around in uninsured, unsupervised weapons.

John Schank

San Pablo