Livermore doing wrong by the poor

I try and try to get this point across ... let me put it this way; it isn't good to live in a city that only cares about its taxes and riches not its citizens -- seniors, veterans and the disable on fixed income who rent and have a hard time just getting by.

What is wrong with Livermore? They run off homeless people. If it wasn't for five churches, those people would go without food or a place to sleep when it is cold or raining. Not everyone living in the city of Livermore is rich; there are a lot of us out here who are not living that well. We are at the mercy of landlords who ask any price they want.

Try and see from my point of view; if you only get Social Security and a small pension -- about $1,654 dollars. You pay rent, then have to pay electric bills, TV, phone, gas and groceries, and that leaves very little for anything else. It is a crime that everyone in the city -- the mayor and city council -- looks the other way and forgets it seniors, vets and disabled. This city has very, very little regard for renters compared to other cities that care and look out for their seniors, vets and disabled.

William Roland

Livermore

League urges 'yes' vote on Props. 41, 42

The League of Women Voters of California recommends a "Yes" vote for Propositions 41 and 42 that are on the June 3 election ballot.

Proposition 41 will make $600 million of existing Proposition 12 (Veterans Bond Act of 2008) bond funds available to expand housing options for veterans. It will allow homeless veterans, veterans and veterans' families who are at risk of homelessness and veterans struggling with disabilities and unemployment to access safe, decent, affordable places to live, as well as access needed mental health, substance abuse, case management and job training services.

Proposition 42 makes access to public meetings and public records a constitutional requirement for local governments. It is a common-sense measure that helps the electorate hold elected officials accountable for their actions. The League of Women Voters has long been a proponent of openness in government

Vote with the League on June 3.

Barbara Hempill

member, League of Women Voters Livermore-Amador Valley Pleasanton

Voter fraud real, nothing to scoff at

This is in response to the recent letter that erroneously dismissed voter irregularities and fraud in California. The Election Integrity Project (EIP) is a nonpartisan organization that has been gathering real facts on this issue by observation and analysis. The EIP motto is "Every lawfully cast vote accurately counted."

For the 2012 election, EIP fielded more than 2000 highly trained citizen observers at CA polls. These observers, allowed by law, observed for violations in election law by any party at the polling place and wrote sworn incident reports. The reports were submitted to the registrar of voters.

EIP also analyzes voter rolls by county, and in 2013 in just 9 counties EIP submitted over 81,000 registration irregularities to county officials for investigation, including 46,000 registrants registered more than once in a county and 7,000 registered in two counties. Most problematically, 3,000 registrants appeared to have voted more than once in an election or voted after death.

If you would like to volunteer or get the real facts on voting integrity problems in California, go to www.electionintegrityproject.com. I am a volunteer observer and elections observer trainer. I have observed the last two elections for the EIP team.

Gary Carr

Pleasanton

Don't bash faith because of one snake shaker

In his April 21 editorial letter, "Snake-waving pastor died due to religion," Burt Bogardus writes about the Rev. Jamie Coots, who waved a rattlesnake over his head, was bitten, then refused medical treatment on the basis of a single verse in the Bible, Mark 16:18.

Clearly, Mr. Coots took a verse out of the context of its intention and died as a result. In like manner, Mr. Bogardus took one sincere but confused man's actions out of the context of the totality of Christianity to give an example of the harm of religious belief.

Mr. Bogardus opposes religion in general and Christianity in particular. Perhaps his lack of generosity toward other points of view could be tempered by looking at the life of Jesus, then taking into account some of the positive effects of His teaching and His life.

Roberta Kautz

Pleasanton

Chemtrails issue needs to be addressed

I really would like to read Zone 7 candidates' as they publicly address environmental and health consequences of chemtrails.

Do any of the Zone 7 candidates or incumbents have positions regarding these matters? If so I would like to read them! Start asking the hard questions.

There seems to be mounting evidence that the hydrolyzed aluminum hydrates being aerially sprayed globally are adversely effecting human health as well as reducing agricultural yields, requiring increased fertilizers to offset reduced yields.

We need to task either ourselves at Zone 7, or assign our senior water authority at the California state level to start checking our water continuously and reporting findings publicly for these chemtrail toxins.

Once these Zone 7 candidates are elected they clam up and are forced to retreat to the avoidance-of-the-issue position: "We meet and exceed water quality standards set by the state."

That's no longer good enough, in my opinion.

Rich Buckley

Livermore

Earth climate change likely just tax scam

You often hear that government spends money like a drunken sailor. As a former member of the U.S. Navy, I thoroughly reject that remark. I have seen drunken sailors, perhaps even participated, or as some politicians say, "I can't recall," after all it was 59 years ago. None of those sailors would be stupid enough to spend money as recklessly as Sacramento and Washington, D.C., do.

However the government is very clever at getting our money either under the guise of saving the planet; a carbon tax to halt climate change (formerly "global warming") or punishing those who bought electric and fuel-efficient automobiles by taxing mileage yet retaining the gas tax. I remember in 1968 the scientist Paul Ehrlich said excess carbon dioxide was going to cause the planet to freeze -- brrr!

I might believe all the hysteria if I could observe an open and honest debate on the subject. I do not believe President Obama's statement that 97 percent of all scientists say global warming is a fact and the issue is settled, and I'm not saying this just because he lied to us about other issues. In 1543, everyone thought the sun revolved around the Earth, then Copernicus, later supported by Galileo, proved that theory was incorrect. Consensus is not necessarily proof.

The world's human population produces about seven billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, which is about 8.5 percent of the total produced each year from all sources. Therefore, killing all humanity is not going to solve the problem, but will more money going to the government solve it? Don't hold your breath.

Joe Crosslin

Pleasanton