Sheriffs should cooperate with ICE

An interesting article in the Times (May 22) shows how independent our county sheriffs are getting. It seems the Sheriff of Alameda County has joined with the opinion of Contra Costa County Sheriff Livingston that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will no longer be consulted on issues they think are right or wrong. And now San Mateo County is on the bandwagon.

Whatever happened to the spirit of cooperation and working together? ICE is a federal government agency of the people, not the enemy. Immigration may be faulty as they say but also it is the law and you (Sheriff) are not the judge and jury.

Sheriff's offices are not a dictatorship in this country. Work with our government, not against it. Not all the citizens of Contra Costa County agree with you, Sheriff. Please, lay off the coffee and doughnuts that your deputies serve you every day and pick up the phone or E-mail ICE ... it's called communicating.

We are still a democracy, I hope.

Richard Olson

Walnut Creek

Why were VA problems a surprise?

I truly find it hard to believe that no one knew what was going on with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

You mean that no senator or member of Congress ever got a call from their constituents complaining about treatment by the VA? Gee, I find that very hard to swallow.

My god, do our elected officials think we are that stupid? Well, we keep re-electing them, so I guess the answer is "yes."

Maryann Sheridan

Walnut Creek

Thanks for opposing sales tax

Kudos and a big thank you to Kristina Lawson and Justin Wedel.

Perhaps they are the only members of our city council who realize not all residents of Walnut Creek can afford a sales tax increase.

Betty Arnold

Rossmoor (Walnut Creek)