Help prevent fires, yes on Measure A

Voting yes on Measure A, the Wildfire Protection District, is one of the easiest choices I've had in years.

While the purpose of Measure A, to reduce the fuel load in our area to mitigate the likelihood of a widespread wildfire that could destroy homes and injure people, is based on solid facts and proven methodologies, the argument against the measure is fraught with misinterpretation and scare tactics.

As former president of the board of directors of the Moraga-Orinda Fire Protection District, I have firsthand knowledge of successful strategies in urban-wild land interface areas that reduce risk to residents while maintaining a balance that preserves the natural beauty of our surroundings of which we are truly blessed.

Measure A is in perfect alignment with those strategies. Please join me in voting yes on Measure A.

Frank Sperling

Oakland

Quan has failed as Oakland's mayor

In response to an editorial asking Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to refrain from running for a second term, an Oakland resident made the startling declaration that, in his opinion, Quan has been an excellent mayor and "we are lucky to have her."

The gentlemen will find that a convention of like-minded citizens could meet with him in a phone booth of his choosing. Suffice to say, his rationale is selective and amounts to a whole lot of nothing.

Quan might be the "Energizer Bunny" with a very busy travel schedule, and she might have made numerous appointments to a few commissions that meet with citizens' approval, but that does not negate the overwhelming mountain of evidence confirming that Quan is hopelessly unsuited for the job of resurrecting the town from the endemic, chronic dysfunction and crime that has perpetuated a miasma of despair among the hard working, taxpaying citizenry who are long past fed up with incompetent, befuddled leadership.

One needs only to review Quan's dissembling, incoherent and downright wretched behavior during the Occupy Oakland fiasco two years ago.

Appalling and embarrassing ineptitude was on display for the entire world to see.

Jonathan C. Breault

Oakland

Nation's new health law is a train wreck

Obamacare is a mess. Just some stark facts to consider:

It cost $400 million to set up the website that won't work; months ago, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., who helped write this monstrosity legislation, said "It is a train wreck"; thousands of people are now getting notices their insurance companies are dropping their coverage because of this new law; by 2016, it is believed that 90,000 doctors will have left their practices because of Obamacare; the deductible on insurance for most families will be thousands of dollars; and most doctors will refuse to accept Medicare patients.

Finally, some quotes from some famous people.

Abraham Lincoln said, "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher."

Ronald Reagan said, "Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty."

Winston Churchill said, "The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings, and the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."

Vladimir Lenin said, "Socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state."

Barack Obama said, "I want to fundamentally transform America."

Connie Clark Benson

Hayward

Brown confused on hydraulic fracking

Thanks to the paper for the recent informative article that highlights a feature of AB 32 and Gov. Jerry Brown's part in uniting Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

AB 32 is very poorly understood and needs all the help it can get. It's sliding into place and we only hear about it when one of its features starts to take effect -- e.g., cap and trade. As for Brown, it's good that he didn't obstruct this agreement and let it become policy.

His comments about allowing hydraulic fracturing in California are way off base, though. The law he signed to allow fracking, SB 4, was so watered down by him and others until there's hardly any regulation at all.

The original bill stated that a moratorium on fracking should happen until this study comes out, but Brown didn't go along with that.

The scientific study he mentioned will be done after the fracking companies invade this state for a year or more.

It will be too late to change anything by the time this study comes out. Also, fracking is coming to our great valley for oil exploration, not natural gas.

Brown is confused about what they're doing here and in what other states are doing. It would be better to leave the oil in the Earth and get this state moving on AB 32.

Lawrence Danos

Hayward