Time for the water district to step up

It sure didn't take long for the same old tired story to appear. We cut back on water use and now there is a shortfall of revenues because we are conserving.

Same thing happened last drought and when the water supply was high our rates did not go down. Time for the water district to start cutting hours and staff to make up for the shortfall and when it starts to pour as predicted this winter, bring everyone back to full staff. We have done our part cutting back, now you do yours.

William Scalice

Union City

Corbett is the right choice for Congress

At election time this year we have an obvious choice for our representative to the Congress. We should elect Ellen Corbett, our current state Senate Majority Leader, to serve us in Washington.

Corbett has true Democratic ideals; she has a long and successful track record as a legislator and is a true champion of the workers and small-business people. Corbett has the distinction of being a distinguished consumer champion and the backing of most all the local labor groups. Corbett works for you and me, not big business interests, as the sources of her campaign contributions illustrate.


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With more than 20 years of experience as a San Leandro city councilwoman and mayor, a member of the state Assembly as well as a state senator, she knows what it takes to effectively run government. Many of her bills have benefitted the local environment, hospitals, job growth and education. With Corbett's records of service, there really is not a close comparison in experience between her and the other candidates. I urge everyone to make sure and vote for Ellen Corbett for Congress later this year.

David Siegel

President, Castro Valley Democratic Club

Breach of security at airport troubling

Regarding the teenage boy who sneaked into the wheel well of an airplane on the way to Maui: At first, I found it unimaginable that an individual could be capable of stowing onto an aircraft, endure the low temperatures, high altitude and still survive, but apparently, it's possible. It's good to know that the boy is safe now.

The questions on my mind: How was he able to do it, and where was airport security? What's troubling is that this isn't the first instance: Since 1947, there have been more than 100 people who have flown inside wheel wells, and the youngest survivor of them all is a 9-year-old child.

If children are capable of this, I expect adults are just as able to as well. Although the teenage boy didn't mean any harm, there's no guarantee that there won't be adults who do. Especially when recalling the tragedy of Sept. 11, it is important for airport security to be alert and aware for public safety.

Christine Lam

Oakland

Shame on GOP for minimum-wage vote

Senate Republicans have voted down raising the minimum wage? This makes no sense.

Pay has not kept pace with inflation, and the poor are poorer than ever. The realities of today's job market are that it's not just kids working at fast-food restaurants for spending money that are getting minimum wage -- it's parents trying to make a living and move forward.

A higher minimum wage is fair. Opposition to raising it should be questioned. Who's paying for the resistance? Could it be those same large corporations that are making record profits and don't want to share?

A healthy economy requires a fair distribution of income, and that means the lower-paid folks need to make a fair wage. How else will they have money to spend? Shame on you, congressional Republicans. Pretty obvious who's stuffing their pockets.

Marie Trouette

Hayward

Tax analysis lacks valid perspective

A recent letter about tax fairness perpetuates the false propaganda of the uninformed. The writer uses Mitt Romney's $21 million income on which he paid "just" $3 million or 14 percent effective tax as a typical example of unfairness.

Let's examine that claim:

A family of four making $90,000 AGI will owe about $9,500 or 10.5 percent in federal taxes, and that is without itemizing expenses or miscellaneous credits.

Yes, the tax code is unfair. The question is, to whom? Consider also that Romney donated millions of dollars to charity. Other rich do so, also.

Wouldn't a flat or fair tax be better instead of the 76,000-page code that nobody understands?

Erich P. Kellner

Walnut Creek