Acalanes voters 'suckers'

The Acalanes Union High School District has just voted to approve what amounts to an approximately 42 percent tax increase on Measure E bonds despite promising that would not occur. From the district's own website I quote: "Measure E will not increase current tax rates."

This Measure E action was not made widely public until after the district gained a tax in perpetuity in the recent mail-in special election. We, the taxpayers, have once again been played for fools.

Oh, and seniors? If you think we are exempt from this tax increase, think again. Measure E offers no exemption for seniors, and everyone 65 and older will be paying this 42 percent tax increase.

The trustees of the Acalanes school district are treating taxpayers in the manner of the old saying "There's a sucker born every minute."

Miriam Craner

Walnut Creek

Uninformative meeting

We need a public meeting where more of the citizens can be heard.

On Thursday, June 26 I attended the Orinda 2015-2023 Housing Element Community Workshop. The purpose of the meeting was to learn more about the update process, identify specific needs and opportunities and to share citizen insight and ideas on how the city can improve housing opportunities in the future.

I benefited in none of these ways.

After a brief but confusing opening, we broke up and could wander around looking at what they called "stations." It is impossible to share in a group set up like this. I was looking forward to the entire audience type participation, as was indicated would be the case.

Some of the things we need to know is how this increase in population will impact the student population in Orinda schools, the increase in traffic and parking after Pulte and Eden are operating and still more development takes place, as well as the increased impact on law enforcement and fire protection, which are currently stretched. There was no opportunity to hear about these adverse situations from the Consultants nor the audience despite what the city stated in the promotion of the workshop. This meeting seemed deliberately designed to avoid these types of hard questions.

Jerry Wooten

Orinda

Obama should not get credit

Ronald Entwistle (June 18 Times) has a proclivity of writing factually weak letters to the editor. His latest trying to brag about this moribund Obama economy is just a joke.

Entwistle tries to credit Obama with the resurgent stock market gains? Anyone knows that no president gets the sole credit or blame for fluctuations with the market averages. Also, the stock market is not the way we measure the economic conditions of this country. Funny how he failed to mention how the Fed has been fueling this run by pumping $65 billion a month in stimulus.

Finally, the typical finger pointing by Entwistle and his ilk of blaming the economic collapse of 2008-2009 on President Bush is getting old. Bush didn't create the housing bubble. It can easily be argued that democrats Barney Frank and Chris Dodd had as much to do with that mess than Bush. So, considering this is by far the worst recovery since World War II after a recession, I don't see why anyone should be extolling how Obama has fixed any mess when it comes to our flailing economy. Again, wishful thinking by a silly liberal.

Peter D. Setzer

Lafayette