Transit unions win and we lose again

Score another point for the labor-union bosses and their self-serving pact with our Democratic politicians.

The unions support the politicians with their money and ability to control their union members. And the politicians repay them with special treatment.

The Democrats, who totally control the state Legislature, quickly voted down a proposal to prohibit public-transit workers to strike for ever-greater taxpayer-paid wages and benefits (SB 423).

Had the proposal passed, impartial arbitrators would have been used and the public-transit unions would no longer hold us riders and taxpayers hostage as they've done numerous times in the past.

What do those Democratic politicians care? They ride around in their taxpayer-funded cars, not public transit. They never gave the proposed bill a chance to get out of committee for discussion, even though it had broad public support.

Will Rogers had it right when he quipped, "We have the best politicians money can buy."

Clifford Wiesner

Concord

Why are students paying for water?

I agree with Jody Breckenridge's idea that "We owe it to our children and our nation to act to ensure access to fresh drinking water in our schools," as expressed in her recent letter in this paper.

So why, then, do the physical education teachers at College Park High in Pleasant Hill sell bottled water to their students? Schools can no longer charge for participation in activities, but they can charge for access to free water?

Seems to me like a threat to our children's health -- dehydration -- if they don't have the money to buy bottled water. Conflict of interest? Captive market?

Liz Fisher

Pleasant Hill

Blameless unborn are being robbed

Warning: Juvenile identity theft in progress. Abortion-on-demand robs the unborn of their personal being not to mention their very lives.

To tell the truth, the unborn are just plain personae non gratae. Admit, rather than deny that.

Like a jury, the U.S. Supreme Court sits and makes -- after listening to a litany of pleas from both sides -- a life or death decision.

Either way, each and every time the gavel comes down on the side of the woman. Talk about shirking responsibility and shifting blame.

Anna Koepke

El Sobrante

Consider Miller's education record

As this paper laments the retirement of Rep. George Miller from Congress, let's take a step back and analyze some of his work.

I would agree with the paper that education was his signature issue. So how has the U.S. education system fared since Miller arrived in Washington in 1974? For the majority of American students, it's an abject failure that has gobbled up vast amounts of taxpayer dollars with remarkably poor outcomes, particularly the urban poor and minorities.

On the other hand, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association have fared very well. The teachers' unions have become the most powerful force in Washington and no amount of Common Core or No Child Left Behind is going to reverse the death spiral of American education.

Keith McConnell

Lafayette

Assessment of Christopher Dolan

Being a mother, I follow with interest where the Jahi McMath case is going.

It appears to me the wrong cook is stirring the pot. I'm referring to Christopher Dolan who agreed to be the family's lawyer.

This lawyer admitted he's a "cafeteria Catholic" -- whatever that means. Perhaps this is one reason that, despite his soul-searching, he couldn't arrive at the right conclusion to let Jahi be laid to rest and let her family face the reality she's dead and nothing can change that fact.

I couldn't agree more with Children's Hospital spokesman Sam Singer's assessment of Dolan: "He's heartless." And I agree that Dolan has a reckless disregard for the truth.

Carol Collins

Concord

49ers failed to play to win

Jed York, the 49ers owner, might consider making "prevent offense" a firing offense.

Trying to "protect the lead" for three quarters made it easy for the very good Seattle defense to look excellent.

And it looks to my non-football eye that the entire season was played more not to lose instead of to win.

Michael Shatto

Concord