Jackson, Warriors took us all on a wild ride
The Golden State Warriors season can be summed up not in words but in one picture: coach Mark Jackson hugging Jarrett Jack at the conclusion of Thursday's game against San Antonio in which the Warriors were both winners and losers.
Sure, they lost the game and also the series. But they were winners for more than just a game -- for a season.
Jackson created a dream when he arrived and it was fulfilled with our season. Jackson is a loving, challenging and fair coach, and he, more than anyone else, deserves the credit for the Warriors success this year.
He created an enthusiasm that the Bay Area has seldom seen. It totally distracted us from the problems of Oakland and created hope and love.
We hope that he comes back next year -- and we also hope that he instills this philosophy not only in our athletes but also our citizens.
If our politicians had as much people power with our government as Jackson has with our Warriors -- what a great place this country would be.
Thank you, Coach Jackson, and thank you, Golden State Warriors. Wow. What a ride.
Bus route-type tale not found elsewhere
Thanks for reporter Scott Johnson's outstanding article on AC bus route 40. This is the kind of material readers will not find on the Internet, and once again shows the value of hometown newspapers.
It is high time that people understand what we AC transit riders experience -- the thrill of victory -- getting to and from Eastmont Mall, one of Oakland's truly memorable locations. I encourage Johnson to write about the mall in the future and note its evolution from a shopping center to a government office center.
I have been blessed to work at the mall off and on (I was exiled with my office for 21 years to Foothill Square) and use the 40 as my passport to my job.
I, too, have experienced a lot on my daily rides -- including one time in which our bus was intercepted at 51st and Trask by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office when they boarded at the mall with a gun. Another time I witnessed hair extensions flying as a couple of young women had a mini battle. One time a young girl had a container that she was carrying and she let me pet her little rat.
I truly enjoy my daily ride on the 40 and remember with fondness the 40L and 43 which, alas, have gone to AC Transit heaven.
My thanks to the ATU drivers who help get me to and from work, the AC board members who have voted for these wonderful buses that are made in Hayward, and to my fellow passengers who enjoy in a ticket to ride one of the best routes in our great city of Oakland.
Stories like Johnson's make me glad that I read the paper.
Object to my money subsidizing groups
The IRS has been accused of harassing political groups like the tea party ones by challenging their right to claim tax exempt status.
In the past, political groups could advocate, but had to pay taxes on money they took in. Most people have no idea that the Supreme Court opened a Pandora's box with Citizens United, allowing all kinds of political speech to be exempt, thereby subsidizing it.
I resent having to pay more taxes so a group claiming to "educate" the voter can avoid paying for their advocacy, particularly if it doesn't represent my political point of view.
Congress needs to correct this potentially dangerous situation. Will they? Not as long as so many of them are members of the tea party.
Support proposed loan program
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, after only four months in office, has tackled the student loan program as her first proposed legislation.
This program is rightly designed to help youths acquire a college education, a very expensive endeavor; in most cases beyond the reach of most middle-class parents.
Currently, the student loan program operates at a 3.4 percent interest rate. At this rate, the government's getting approximately 36 cents return for each dollar loaned. On July 1, this rate will double to 6.8 percent. Consequently, most students graduate with a huge debt that will shortly double.
Warren highlighted that major banks receive billion of dollars in loans from the Federal Reserve at less than 1 percent. She proposed changing the student loan program to receive at least the same rate we offer to big banks. Warren asked, "Does our government really need to make a profit from our children trying to better themselves with a college education?"
We must do what's right to help our young people by giving them the same opportunity as banks that are "too big to fail."
If you agree with Warren's proposal, contact Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer without delay. Tell them you support Warren's bill.