'Anti-vaccine' talk dangerous

Transition Albany is hosting an event on April 27 that only further endangers people -- children and the elderly in particular.

While Lourdes Gonzaga may claim not to be "anti-vaccine," by promoting an alternative that has absolutely no evidence of being able to do anything aside from duping parents, she is pushing an anti-vaccine position.

Transition Albany is using its own name to support this talk. While giving homeopathic items (it's not medicine) isn't directly harmful, because they don't do anything -- and are, in fact, impossible to overdose on because it's just water and/or sugar -- the dangerous side effects are an indirect result of what happens when homeopaths replace doctors as sources of medical advice.

There is no debate about it. California has already experienced its worst whooping cough outbreak in more than 60 years.

This kind of harmful promotion is not welcome in Albany and shouldn't be in any community. There are other aspects of Transition Albany that I can fully support, like their edible garden, but this is absolutely shameful.

Alan Eckert

Albany

Climate change liars are wrong

On April 17, I attended an excellently filmed movie at the Rialto Cinema Cerrito about losing ice from the Arctic Circle, "Chasing Ice."


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Only 8 percent of the world's ice is in the Arctic Circle. Two percent of the ice is on the world's mountain caps and 91 percent of the world's ice is in Antarctica, which has not lost 1 pound of ice. Antarctica is some 5.5 million square miles, about the same size as South America.

Unfortunately the movie was severely slanted to propagandize the lie that human behavior is causing global warming/climate change. There is no way that human-caused emissions or human behavior can cause climate change.

Those who don't agree with us, call us "climate change skeptics." However, we are climate change realists. Some 83 percent of the world's "real" climate scientists say human behavior cannot cause climate change. The eco-freak scientists are liars.

Why do these climate change liars keep on attacking us? They attack us for "big money" -- socialist greed!

The Obama administration keeps pouring billions of our tax dollars pushing the lies about human behavior causing climate change.

One good thing about the message of the movie is: For 12 years, giant amounts of ice melted from the Arctic and into the ocean. This is proof that our oceans will not rise much, because San Francisco Bay only rose about 3 inches in 12 years.

The Arctic Circle has started a deep freeze the last two winters; no more melting.

Mike Vukelich

El Cerrito

We're already taxed too much

West Contra Costa is an economically challenged area, yet our property taxes are the highest in the county. We're already paying two hospital parcel taxes and six separate West Contra Costa school district bonds.

If Measure C, the huge new -- and permanent -- Doctors Medical Center parcel tax is approved, as well as Measure H, the latest proposed school bond in the June election, the burden will be intolerable for area residents.

It's simply too much. Local taxpayers aren't a "bottomless pit" to fund every need and unrealistic wish. We can't solve every problem.

The April 7 Times editorial, "Voters should reject district bond attempt," says it all. Please read the staggering numbers before you vote on the DMC Measure C mail-in ballot and Measure H, the school bond proposal in June.

We homeowners already are doing more than our fair share. We must refuse these additional and excessive assessments.

Susan S. Fenn

Pinole

Beyaert is a real Richmond hero

Bruce Beyaert is a real Richmond hometown hero!

His legacy as the founder of Trails for Richmond Action Committee, commonly known as TRAC, not only enriches the lives of those who avail themselves of the miles and miles of those trails but he is also preserving open space -- an environmental bonus.

Beyaert always downplays the importance of his leadership role by alluding to the fact it is the work of the "group." Through the group he founded in 1999, his 15 years of tireless efforts have completed 32 of Richmond's planned 42 miles.

Isn't it time the City of Richmond recognize the importance of Beyaert's contribution promoting the "Pride" in Richmond's slogan, "City of Pride and Purpose?"

Mid Dornan

Richmond

Benefit of lower property taxes

Please add my voice to those calling on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to make Doctors Medical Center part of the county hospital system. It would be a fair way to have all those who use this facility share its operating expenses.

The Measure C parcel tax should be rejected by voters. One of the biggest proponents of Measure C is Supervisor John Gioia. For two decades he has been an avid supporter of every school and hospital tax.

Gioia has been the District 1 supervisor for 16 years and is running unopposed for re-election on June 3. In a recent email notifying voters of his bid for re-election, he touted his support of a program to cut Bay Area poverty in half by 2020.

In yet another bid to help the poor, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin attempted to take over certain of Richmond's underwater mortgages to help people stay in their homes, yet she never comes out against property taxes.

What better way than cutting property taxes and keeping people in their homes?

Jim Mellander

El Sobrante

Money is free speech

This most recent Supreme Court decision regarding campaign financing opens up a lot of possibilities for all of us.

If money is free speech, those who wish to coin their own currency, whether gold vouchers or Bitcoins, are free to speak in the tongues of their choice.

Tax refusal? The IRS taking my money is taking away my free speech. I should be able to tell the IRS how I want my tax money spent.

And I can only wonder what twists other kinds of debt avoidance may take.

Come on, everybody. Speak out. What forced use of money impinges on your freedom of speech? Is it paying parking meters? Or ATM fees? How far can we push this new meaning of the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights?

Teddy Knight

Berkeley