Barnidge trying to help ruin Danville

In the March 7 San Ramon Valley Times, Tom Barnidge wrote mockingly of the concerned citizens of Danville who attended a Town Council public hearing about a proposed general plan, citizens anxious to preserve the charm and serenity of the community in which they have chosen to live.

Preening in his moral certitude and self-anointed altruistic virtue, he accused the majority of Danville residents attending the meeting of elitism for resisting and protesting against the demands for "affordable housing" imposed upon them by outsiders. Using similar reasoning, one might accuse a homeowner denying a homeless wino the right to sleep in his house of elitism.

Barnidge assures us that these government demands that Danville provide "affordable housing" are irresistible, the changes sought inevitable. Resistance being futile, he urges the victim to just sit back and take it.

Roland Butnick, M.D., J.D.

Danville

Barnidge against local control by residents

Tom Barnidge, the Contra Costa Times columnist, wrote a snarky hit piece recently against the Danville residents who spoke openly against the town's General Plan 2030 at town meetings.


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He made it sound like all opposition to the lack of voter input on development in the town and disagreement with ABAG (the Association of Bay Area Governments) was due to elitism or membership in country clubs and not true concern for the problems that will result -- more traffic and overbuilding in a small town that already is crowded. His article was written as someone who does not support citizens' right to choose what goes on in their neighborhoods. I guess he wants to allow government officials and commissions from ABAG to control, dictate and mandate that, since only they know what is best for the residents of each town.

Denise Dauphinais

Danville

Dog leash laws must be enforced

Why is it that some people think the laws do not apply to them?! I walk my dog in Osage and Magee parks and more often than not, there is somebody who thinks their dog can run off the leash -- mostly at Magee -- even when there are two dog parks there.

When I read the recent story of the poor cat that was attacked and then died (in great pain), it is time to make everybody abide by the rules. My dog is a rescue dog, and even after three years, he -- not to mention me -- is still frightened if a dog comes running up to him unattended. It happened some time ago when a dog off the leash dashed up to me and insisted on chasing my dog around and around me so that my ankles were entwined with my leash and ended up cutting into my flesh and my leg started bleeding. All the owner could say was 'I'm sorry' and walked away while I was left to clean up my bloodied leg.

I'm glad that Wendy Weissman wrote to you, and I'm sure there are many, many others out there who agree that rules must be obeyed.

Jane Dawkin

Danville

Secret Service costs add up on those tours

Connie Benson's recent letter incorrectly implied that the stopping of White House tours would not save any money because the tours are staffed by unpaid volunteers.

While some involved in the tours may be unpaid, the Secret Service is also involved. The Secret Service recently stated that by stopping the tours they will save $75,000 a week.

Patrick Schneider

Dublin

Obama team dreamed up Sequestration

The editorial on Feb. 23, 2013 stated "The sequester is a crisis that was manufactured by Congress." According to Bob Woodward's book, "The Price of Politics," that statement is not true. Woodward states in his book that on July 26, 2011, the following event happened:

Joe Biden told Nancy Pelosi, "We have to get the people to turn against the Republicans."

At 2:30 p.m., White House Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors and Management and Budget Office Director Jack Lew met with Harry Reid and his chief of staff, David Krone. "We have an idea for the trigger," Lew said.

"What's the idea?" Reid asked.

"Sequestration."

Reid wasn't too happy. Lew and Nabors said "they would design it so half the threatened cuts would be from the Defense Department.

"This is ridiculous" Reid said.

That's the beauty of a sequester, they said -- it's so ridiculous that no one ever wants it to happen.

"I get it," Reid said finally.

This is another example of the media and the White House not telling the American people the truth.

Vern Neller

Danville

At two months, not six, fetus is conscious

In response to the Dec. 5 letter from Bowersox, who said there is no brain in the unborn until six months, that is totally incorrect.

Science shows us that all systems are set to go at two months. All they require is refinement. The argument that the unborn child is qualified as a human being is well documented by modern science and by logic.

DNA proves that this little tiny being is fully human and fully unique. There will never be another like it in the universe. It comes fully stamped with an identity, sex, color of eyes, hair, features and race. Science proves it to be a human being in the first stages of development. It has equal rights with its mother and has a right to justice.

Because the Supreme Court declared it to be a qualified human only at birth, we have partial-birth abortion of full-term babies.

Barbara Meistrell

Alamo

How is spending more still a cut?

The trouble with living too long and retaining your memory is you get to see history repeated.

This is again demonstrated with the enactment of Sequestration. Specifically, I again see a daily parade of sob stories appearing in the mainstream press that depict the pain and suffering inflicted upon the poor souls of this country by the despicable (as depicted by the press) Republicans, forgetting the fact that Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats have yet to produce a budget since President Obama's election in 2008.

Since the financial downturn in 2008, I and millions of other citizens have had to cut our business and personal budgets by far more than a measly 2 percent. The Democrats, as usual, claim Sequestration will bring on financial Armageddon. In all fairness to them, and as a lesson to the mean-spirited Republicans, the president did, as a money-saving measure, cancel public tours of the White House. Maybe he can cut a few of his many vacations and campaigning trips: it costs a lot of money to fire up Air Force One.

The federal government will, with Sequestration in place, spend more money this year than they did last year. Only in Washington, D.C., is a reduction in the rate of increased spending considered a cut. When you look at the mathematics ranking of our nation's students, you can understand how the politicians are able to perpetrate the cruel hoax of fiscal responsibility.

Joe Crosslin

Pleasanton