Governor wrong on approach to prisons

Unbelievable. The governor wants to take an estimated $1 billion out of the current state budget away from schools and social services to use toward solving overcrowding in the prison system.

This is a Band-Aid approach, and it is also ruthless and harmful to funding for education and other services. The children who are harmed today by budget cuts to education are the kids who will be overcrowding the prisons 10 to 15 years from now.

This is an irresponsible approach on the part of Gov. Jerry Brown to meet the federal court order. Why is it always education that has to suffer? Why don't the politicians see the value of investing in every child so we can ensure a future population of educated adults? There are statistics all over the Internet to support the fact that education reduces crime.

Gov. Brown, a long-term solution to the prison overcrowding problem is to stop cutting the budget for education.

Andrea Finley

Fremont

BART workers have no business striking

It is all about "me" with BART union workers.

It was the taxpayers who sacrificed to build BART and gave the workers jobs. It is the riders who keep the workers employed.

What has BART's union done to benefit the Bay Area? BART workers must be denied the right to strike as BART is Bay Area's lifeline.

Charles N. Wilkins

Fremont

While outrageous, we must stay out

Where is the outrage about what is going on in Egypt and Syria? More than 100,000 killed in Syria, with many more having fled the country. Now it appears that chemical weapons have been used against noncombatants.

In Egypt, the military government has attempted to destroy the Muslim Brotherhood using force at times. Thousands of Christians have fled Egypt since many have been attacked and their churches burned.

The world is sitting back and watching but not really doing anything. The United Nations is basically powerless. I haven't seen or heard about marches and demonstrations, and our media seems more concerned about San Diego Mayor Bob Filner or the Kardashians.

I'm sure that if there was a credible way to blame Israel for this bloodshed, as Turkey's president has alleged, that there would be U.N. resolutions immediately and demonstrations all over Europe. The Middle-East is in chaos, and Israel is not to blame, so the world watches and does nothing.

This mess was made by Arabs, and it needs to be solved by Arabs. It is really best for us to stay out.

Gilbert Stein

Aptos

Rubio is wrong on immigration

By his ill-conceived statements, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is trying very hard to ensure he does not win the presidential primary in 2016 and may not win re-election in 2018.

His obsession with gaining passage for the abominable Gang of Eight amnesty for illegals bill is building a backlash against Rubio's political ambitions. Poll after poll shows the American people are opposed to his bill because it does not deliver absolute border security before it opens the floodgates to illegal immigrants.

Furthermore, Rubio demonstrates his ignorance of the U.S. Constitution by stating that if his bill is not passed, President Barack Obama will mandate, by executive order, amnesty for illegal immigrants.

The president does not have the constitutional authority to take such action. If Obama does make such a move, he almost ensures his impeachment and removal from office for rebuking his oath of office by deliberately performing illegal acts.

After the 2014 elections, predicted to give complete control of the Congress to the Republicans, impeachment/removal is practically guaranteed, regardless of the liberal media's dismay.

Ernest Hampson

Pittsburg

A-Rod needs to face the music

Why is it that of all those busted for steroids these past few weeks, all but one are taking their suspensions like men?

The ringleader, Alex Rodriguez, is still playing, despite a very lengthy suspension. How is that? Come on A-Rod, man-up! Or would you like some cheese with your whine?

Cheryl Conner

Walnut Creek