Water district must live within its means

Welcome to the real world, Alameda County Water District.

Your budget shortfall is my problem? How about this: You make the cuts necessary to sustain your operation. Like all responsible taxpayers do in their budgets.

And don't tell me that my water rates are middle of the pack, when all the water districts raise water rates at the same time, the pecking order does not change.

I do have a fix for your problem. Does a state really need 3,000 water agencies? No water meters for more than 250,000 accounts that pay just a flat rate?

How about ACWD merge with East Bay MUD? One level of government bureaucracy gone. Money saved.

We cannot tax our way out of our problems. The public sector is a runaway train of entitlement.

ACWD: You have X amount of money, deal with it.

Steven Ornellas

Fremont

Swalwell has earned trust of the district

A recent letter writer made an interesting case for supporting Ellen Corbett in the upcoming election. The only thing he failed to articulate was any reason why Rep. Eric Swalwell deserves to be removed from office.


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Two years ago, voters had a clear reason to replace Pete Stark. His behavior and lack of accountability to his constituents, along with Swalwell's persuasive campaign, convinced voters that the time had come to change our representation in D.C. Today, we have a representative who is active, approachable, accountable and available to his constituents. In that respect, Swalwell has earned straight A's for his performance in office.

One of the most important questions we should ask in an election is whether an incumbent has met the needs of the constituents and is deserving of their continued support.

Despite Corbett's qualifications, Swalwell has represented us with the highest of integrity, shared our values and looked out after our best interests.

Swalwell is not only eminently qualified, but has diligently earned our trust and is therefore deserving of our continued support in his bid for re-election.

Rich Cooper

Castro Valley

Voters should say yes to new library

On June 3, Hayward voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballot for a brighter future by voting yes on Measure C. Among other sorely needed initiatives, the local revenue measure will provide the funding to build a new downtown main library. This project is essential to our community's prosperity.

The small, deteriorating current library was built in 1951 -- during the Truman administration -- when Hayward had less than one-tenth of its current population. At that time, libraries were simple repositories for books, but no longer. Modern libraries are buzzing community information hubs. In the Wild West of digital content, librarians are seasoned guides in our quest for quality information.

Today's library is a nerve center for all manner of civic and community activities. Visitors of all ages flock there for homework assistance, legal advice, technology training, research support and much more. Critics who argue that we no longer need libraries because we have iPads obviously don't understand the modern library. Perhaps they, too, are stuck in 1951?

Judy Harrison

Member Friends of the Hayward Public Library

Lawyer's role in case is mischaracterized

A letter regarding Mumia Abu-Jamal's role in Debo Adegbile's nomination is an example of thinking that fails to support our democracy's guarantee of equal rights to every citizen, even hated citizens. Moreover, judging a lawyer by his client's behavior sends a chilling message that counters the Constitution's Sixth Amendment.

There is reasonable doubt of the veracity of the letter's "facts" about Adegbile and Abu-Jamal. A young journalist researched the 1982 trial, uncovering disturbing evidence that Abu-Jamal was innocent, that Faulkner was killed by a friend of Abu-Jamal's younger brother. The case was based on a perjured testimony, ignoring the preponderance of evidence, and claiming a nonexistent confession (J. Patrick O'Connor: "The Framing of Abu-Jamal"). Not the first time a miscarriage of justice is revealed. Nor do racial aspects disappear through denial of their existence.

Adegbile's role in the 2011 sentence change was reportedly signing briefs and supervising a team of lawyers who worked the case. Reports of his involvement in any rallies appear to be nonexistent.

We always need to question and seek as much truth as possible, lest we all lose critical rights. It isn't easy, but without true facts, we cannot make good decisions.

Marilyn Clark

Oakland