Cal's woeful defense makes for sad outlook

Thank god Cal's "Bear-raid" football team had an extra week to prepare for the Oregon game, or the score could have been worse. In any weather, a good offense is still not a good defense.

Is it just me, or are there any other Ole Blues out there who now miss Jeff Tedford?

Chris Reutinger

Camarillo

Flag decision was very disappointing

San Leandro City Councilman Bennie Lee claims he wants a more diverse business population, and an increased focus on ethnic banking and lending opportunities for people of Asian descent. He is very protective of the Asian population, but what about representing the rest of his constituents?

His request to fly the flag of China at City Hall is an insult. How many cities in China fly an American flag? Lee is creating a situation of preferential treatment and an atmosphere of prejudice.

According to Lee, raising this flag gives an opportunity to show openness and more potential for Asian businesses to come to San Leandro. It will only cause polarization.

We are a united nation of people from all over this world and we fly one flag, Old Glory. If you don't wish to assimilate, you should return to your country of origin. Citizens of this country have fought and are still dying for our flag and what it represents.

Lee's does not seem to have concern for all residents in District 4 or San Leandro. We are also very disappointed with the other council members who agreed with his proposal: Jim Prola, Ursula Reed and Diana Souza. Voters should remember this at the next election.

Mary and Gino Pacini

San Leandro

It's pretty easy to tell if you're conservative

How do you know if you're a conservative?

You know you're a conservative if:

Fox News shapes your views.

You sputter while referring to the Affordable Care Act as Obamacare.

You still believe that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya.

You favor cutting food stamps to encourage the unemployed to go out and get a job, even though fewer jobs exist due to automation, downsizing and corporations shipping work abroad.

You think that raising the minimum wage is a job killer, a term that applies to anything increasing costs for business.

You'd rather see the government shut down than give people without health insurance a chance to buy it in a program established by Democrats.

You think it's OK for corporations to shelter income abroad where it can't be taxed and to pay CEOs' obscene salaries because it's the invisible hand of the marketplace at work.

You can't say the word "liberal" without more sputtering.

You're not concerned about pollution, fracking, global warming, the poor, health care, voting rights, immigration, and political extortion by Republicans in the House of Representatives.

On the other hand, if you've read this far, you may be a closet moderate.

Art Carey

Fremont

Fix your sidewalk? You deserve a tax break

I have to comment on the recent article, "Upheaval: Tree-care law confounds residents."

We had this same problem a year ago. Actually, it was an ongoing problem with the tree the city planted when our house was built in 1977.

We loved the tree. It grew as our children grew up, ane we have yearly pictures to attest to that. Only when they went off to college, the tree stayed. It started taking issue with the sidewalk. The city was diligent in coming out when I called with their grinder and their patch kit. Finally, it got beyond fixing and needed to be replaced.

Now, fast forward to 2012. The city doesn't remove trees and fix sidewalks anymore. Fine. We understand that, but we didn't agree with it. So we took on the big expense of doing both the replacement of the sidewalk and the removal of the tree -- with permits, I might add. The sidewalk looks fabulous and the landscaping much improved.

My reason for commenting is that I think we should be able to use that expense -- $2,800 for sidewalk, gutter, etc. -- as a tax write-off. The city got a new sidewalk, hence the tax base of our home will directly affect them when we sell. Seems fair to me.

Maybe, just maybe, more homeowners would address their problems if we taxpayers were given an incentive?

Allison Harmon

Fremont