Will be voting for Romney

I will vote for Mitt Romney. His policies reflect the lessons learned in our republic's 200-year history, that when government is small and unobtrusive, the people thrive, but as the government grows it becomes more oppressive, and the people more subjugated and dependent on it.

Romney's policies encourage the freedom, responsibility and innovation for people to serve each other's needs through the businesses and organizations they create. President Barack Obama's policies encourage and force reliance on government, and instill in people the false belief that government can provide their every need and protect them from every risk.

Obama's policies have obviously failed: they worsened and prolonged the recession, the poverty rate is the highest in 50 years, health care costs are spiraling out of control, and America is plunging deeply in debt.

Obama's work experience is helping people on welfare; Romney's experience is helping people create prosper.

Obama's foreign policies have alienated our allies, and he failed to protect his own diplomats; Romney knows how to work with other countries, and will ensure a strong military.

Dick Patterson

El Cerrito

President needs more time to clean up mess

President George W. Bush took eight years to mess up. The president needs eight years to clean it up.


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Jim Meeks

Castro Valley

Candidates are just milking California

California is known as the one-party state, with Republicans and Democrats not bothering to spend any campaign funds here. Yet the people of California were milked of $300 million this year to fund campaigns in other states and get nothing for it.

How sad to think we are taken for granted each year. As a registered Democrat for more than 45 years, this alone is enough reason for me to vote for Mitt Romney. If we get a Republican winner, Californians would no longer be taken for granted.

Robert Parkhurst

Redwood City

Alternative choice is the way to go

From president to propositions, choice in this election is in danger of being determined by corporate money. In the editorial "Obama best choice for difficult job," the staff chose from among only two "viable" candidates, and that means corporate-funded.

Some say President Obama's trouble was that he was thwarted by the Republicans. In fact, he was supported by the same donors as the Republicans.

Laws about campaign finance are only getting worse since the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United, but no one can stop us from voting for no-corporate-money candidates.

Look at Richmond where Greens, Democrats and others run together, take no corporate money, and win against the biggest corporation in the state, Chevron. Others are following suit.

Please look into Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. Green candidates never accept corporate money. She would follow through on her statements and correct the problems listed with Obama's tenure.

For implementing the American values of peace, environment, social justice and real democracy, Jill Stein is the best choice.

Laura Wells

Oakland

Voting for Romney to help the economy

I plan on voting for Mitt Romney. He's much more capable of strengthening the economy. He's for drilling, and I'm a real fan for that.

I don't trust President Barack Obama. I never understood his relationships with Bill Ayers and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. If that was a Republican, he would never have been elected president.

This Libya disaster has me completely baffled. Why Obama hasn't come out to explain the situation to the American people after six weeks I will never understand. He's in a total campaign mode. He's not governing and looking out for us.

The mainstream media is totally in the tank for Obama. Why they're not objecttive, I'll never understand.

Cathy Ledbetter

Newark

Already voted for Obama

I have already voted for President Obama. I believe he deserves another four years.

Think back to the mess that he inherited four years ago: The financial markets were in chaos, the stock market had tanked, the housing market was in disarray, unemployment was trending ever higher, the automobile industry was on the ropes, Osama bin Laden was safe in his compound, and our two wars were continuing aimlessly without end dates.

Through Obama's steady and effective leadership, we have come through those crises. On the other hand, his opponent does not have the character, conviction or courage to stand up to the extremist views of the right-wing elements of his party.

We are better off than we were in 2008, and will be even better off in 2016 with an Obama presidency.

Dennis Wasco

Clayton

President's policies are growing the economy

I believe the policies the president has put in place will continue to keep the economy growing.

I don't accept the idea that cutting taxes by 20 percent will do anything to spur growth. It didn't work with George W. Bush and it won't work with a Romney administration.

Then there is the issue of character. Gov. Mitt Romney has taken every position available to him including trying to co-opt the president's position.

Finally, why won't he show his tax returns? What is he hiding? How can he be trusted?

Robert J. Browder

Vallejo

Voting for Romney, he's not a Democrat

I'll vote Mitt Romney.

President Obama's a Democrat, and since they run our state, it's what's in store for the country.

Before the state Senate voted for the train to nowhere, they hired a project head at almost what Obama makes. So, the vote was meaningless; that's bad. Besides, it's another bond issue. More than 8 percent of the budget is earmarked to bond interest. Moody's rating agency says interest shouldn't be over 5 percent of a state budget. That's not good.

We have enormous unfunded pension liabilities. Public employees can retire at incomes most people only dream of having. I inspected CalPERS and realized it's either incompetence or simple corruption. Isn't the party that lets it continue similarly corrupt or incompetent?

I noticed that Proposition 30 is really blackmail. It's a sales tax couched as tax the rich folks. It puts money into schools for about one year; after that who knows?

If Obama's re-elected, California's record is where the country's headed.

As a Korean War veteran, I love this country too much for that.

James Scala

Lafayette

Obama is completely in over his head

Contrary to the paper's endorsement, President Obama has not done a good job:

He wasted two years' control of Congress; he gave billions to the banks who used it to take care of themselves rather than address the mortgage mess that they created; he did do what Mitt Romney suggested, having GM file bankruptcy; he sacrificed Bay Area jobs at NUMMI because California was not a swing state.

He is completely in over his head.

Ken Koenen

Livermore