Don't be too shy to condemn bad GM foods

Although I'm glad to see an article that mentions that it's been found that eating genetically modified salmon can lead to a person developing allergies to seafood, I would've still liked to have seen this point clarified in greater detail as to why this is so, etc. In the film, "Genetic Roulette," parents have had to remove all GM foods from their child's diets because of extreme allergies that the children not only had to GM food but even to non-GM foods of the same variety after ingesting GM foods.

An elderly person who is dear to me has suddenly over the past 10 years developed serious allergies to all seafood, which strangely began with a piece of (probably GM) salmon she ordered in a restaurant. It has been downhill since. So I think it's unfortunate that this topic is treated somewhat how global warming and evolution are treated. Even though the preponderance of evidence points to them being absolutely true, our media still takes the backward stance that these findings are controversial. Scientific testing on rats show all kinds of awful toxic effects on the immune systems of animals fed GMO foods.

Paulette Kenyon

Pleasanton

Elect Narum to City Council

As our political season advances, I want to ensure that everyone knows the best candidate for the Pleasanton City Council vacant seat is Kathy Narum.

Kathy is a 16-year Pleasanton resident devoted to community service. Her record shows a broad background with such avenues of service as Parks and Recreation, the Planning Commission and six task forces, including the recent Downtown Hospitality Guideline Task Force. Her experience and leadership roles in this diverse range show her willingness to listen to residents, her independent thinking and her watchful eye on the city's fiscal sustainability. It is no wonder that Kathy's endorsements number many residents representing a multitude of neighborhoods and interests. Please join me in electing Kathy Narum to the City Council.

Harvey Kameny

Pleasanton

Miller best choice for Pleasanton

This 42-year Pleasanton resident is supporting David Miller in his candidacy for Pleasanton City Council.

I believe that David Miller will stand up to bureaucrats bent on imposing their agendas on the citizens of Pleasanton. David believes in sensible growth and development that will preserve Pleasanton's small-town lifestyle. He is opposed to the urban high-rise development that threatens our city. David understands that the negative impact on Pleasanton's infrastructure, schools, traffic and public safety services will be severe.

David has a strong background in business and community involvement. He has the vision and courage necessary to help move Pleasanton forward, while ensuring a solid fiscal footing in a challenging economy. David will provide a fresh voice on the council and bring new ideas forward.

David is a genuinely nice person with a wonderful family. His children attend Pleasanton schools. He has a degree in electrical engineering and 25 years experience in the high-tech field, earning several patents. Please join me in voting for David Miller for Pleasanton City Council.

Dorene Paradiso-Carroll

Pleasanton

Narum stands head, shoulders above the rest

On May 7, a special election will be held in the city of Pleasanton to fill a vacant council seat. This term will be for about 18 months. The position needs to be filled with someone who has experience in city government. Only one candidate stands out with civic experience -- Kathy Narum.

Kathy has more than 10 years of city government experience in Pleasanton, which makes the transition to City Council a logical choice for her. As a Planning Commissioner and former Parks & Recreation Commissioner for Pleasanton, Kathy will work side-by-side with the council members and take a global approach to the many issues facing the city. Her interests are to serve the city's residents and protect their quality of life. As a former mid-manager of the city, I urge you to vote for Kathy Narum for Pleasanton City Council in the special election that will be voted by mail only.

Glen Haendel

Pleasanton

Don't transport plutonium bomb cores

In the next year, the U.S. Energy Department may begin transporting plutonium bomb cores back and forth from Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL). The circuit, over 2,200 miles each round trip, could be made up to six times every year, according to an administration official. This would risk accidents and theft of nuclear materials. Also, LLNL permanently lost its Category I/II security designation on Sept. 30 and was downgraded to Category III. In essence, this means LLNL lacks the essential security designation and infrastructure to handle the plutonium bomb cores safely. A possible alternative: it would only take four trucks total to move LLNL testing equipment to Los Alamos, thus cutting the need for interstate transportation of dangerous materials. Tri-Valley CAREs is circulating petitions to stop the possibility of this dangerous plan. Please visit their website and take action.

Lee Torres

Livermore

Brooks ignored some key facts about budget

In David Brooks' rant against the Congressional Caucus budget plan (Tri-Valley Times, March 20), he ignores facts. For example, government employment at every level has fallen since the last recession. Government employment has usually picked up the slack during periods of recession but not this time. And contrary to Brooks, the tax burden on the wealthy now is low by historical standards.

The economy is picking up but primarily for investors and corporations. Private-sector "job creators" are mainly quiescent. Therefore, the formula of temporary government spending until the job market recovers would be helpful. But Brooks tries to use the "welfare state" specter to scare us away from proven solutions.

Note that the "welfare state" is also used to scare us into accepting entitlement cuts to balance the federal budget. Congressional budget reports point to the major contributors to current federal budget deficits: the Bush-era tax cuts and the Afghanistan/Iraq wars, which benefited mostly the wealthy and defense contractors. Brooks just wants to stick us with the bill for doing that bit of wealth transfer.

Michael Kelly

Livermore