Farber's pay package must be reassessed

I have nothing against Washington Township Health Care District CEO Nancy Farber. However, there is no way that her position and responsibilities demand a total annual compensation of more than $1.15 million.

Managing Washington Hospital does not merit being paid the second-highest government employee salary in this state. In 2009, this newspaper also published a similar article pointing out her outrageous salary.

The Washington Hospital Board of Directors has hired consultant Eric Reehl since at least 2008 to analyze the CEO's pay. If the board of directors does not obtain at least a second opinion on CEO compensation, it will be derelict in its fiscal responsibility.

A longtime relationship between board members and Farber should not factor into compensation decisions.

Perhaps a shake-up in the board is needed.

Gerald Robertson

Fremont

Happy the fire-tax boondoggle failed

As readers probably know by now, Oakland's fire-tax proposal failed. As a staunch opponent, I couldn't be happier to see this do-nothing boondoggle tax proposal go down in flames.

Although the proponents will argue that it barely failed at 66.3 percent in favor, their assertion is a twisted spin on the truth.

Out of 41,700 ballots mailed out, only 8,150 were returned as an affirmative yes vote. That amounts to a mere 19.5 percent supporting the tax.


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Clearly, of the 29,382 who didn't return a ballot, a huge number of them did not favor the tax. Or, at the very least, they didn't care enough to return an affirmative vote.

In the final analysis, the extremely slim 19.5 percent does not bode well for support.

David E. Mix

Oakland

President is trying to rewrite history

On Nov. 19, the anniversary of the Gettysburg address celebration, I was reminded about the brave souls on both sides of the battle line who have their lives for their beliefs and countries.

Then I read that not only did President Barack Obama not attend the 150th birthday of the famous address, because he was working on the Obamacare website (now referred to by the media and White House staff as the ACA website to distance Obama from this disaster). My guess is that he just isn't patriotic enough.

In addition, he read the famous Gettysburg address. It is on the Internet for those interested. He purposefully left out the words, "under God." That is despicable. But does he think that he can change history, too?

Obama's arrogance and elevating his agenda in front of doing what's right for this country is incredibly self-serving and, hopefully, will lead to changes in that office and our legislatures.

He wants to rewrite our Constitution and now is even trying to rewrite history.

John Mooney

Walnut Creek

Restating the reality of climate change

A friend suggests it is racism that makes Republicans behave as they do in the House of Representatives, traditionally a democratic institution, which is now dominated by white elephants -- or stampeding hippos, as some sharp modern playwrights suggest.

Congressional Republicans simply do not dare permit President Barack Obama to succeed with health care, immigration or, especially, global warming policies.

The new U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report should interest all of us intensely, especially those who still deny or feel skepticism.

Among the conclusions reached by the panel:

  • It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of global climate change.

  • If society does not change its behavior, patterns of climate change will amplify.

    The IPCC report should put to rest the smokescreen of misinformation put forth by those who wish to deny the obvious science of climate change.

    Terry Cochrell

    Berkeley

    PG&E fine may hurt community, workers

    The San Bruno pipeline accident in 2010 was a tragedy, and PG&E should pay a fair and just penalty.

    However, the record-breaking $4 billion fine proposed by the California Public Utilities Commission may harm the local community and workers.

    A penalty of this amount may prevent the financing of the infrastructure projects needed to test and modernize PG&E's energy system in order to keep our communities safe. In addition, large infrastructure projects bring good jobs to local workers and boost our economy

    I hope the CPUC will take these factors into account before signing off on the penalty.

    Michael Hernandez

    Concord Hernandez is the business manager of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 342.