Alameda Measure B-1 desperately needed

This is regarding the editorial against Measure B-1.

Maybe the editorial's author didn't experience the service cuts that AC Transit had to make, causing delay and inconvenience that we are still living with today. Maybe he doesn't drive on the same pothole-riddled streets as the rest of us.

Maybe he lives where the infrastructure isn't crumbling upon them, as in the older cities, with roads, bridges and sidewalks built before the Eisenhower era.

Measure B-1 is a necessary fee to ensure that our transit, streets, sidewalks and highways serve the transportation needs of all, regardless of how you travel. If that requires a small half-cent sacrifice, I am all for it.

What the public gets in return are reliable and sustainable transit, well-maintained roads, safe bike trails and an efficient infrastructure that helps us retain our economic engine.

Yes, sales taxes are inherently regressive and can place an undue burden on the poor. But if this sales tax does not pass, AC Transit will have to cut $10 million in service just to make ends meet -- that alone will hit the lowest-income communities right where they live.

Measure B-1 is what this county needs now and in the future.

Tina Spencer

Alameda

Hope for Hillary to become president

President and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Hillary Rodham Clinton.


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Don't scoff at this idea. As secretary of state, Clinton has visited several countries in the Middle East, conferring with their leaders and gaining their respect.

She stood beside President Barack Obama at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, eulogizing in a tearful but determined tribute the four Americans killed in a terrorist attack -- Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others.

On a personal level, Clinton has experienced several traumatic, heartbreaking moments, the most memorable being her troubled relationship with the "Comeback Kid" Bill Clinton, whose libido while in the White House resulted in his impeachment.

Who can forget that picture of Hillary, Chelsea and Bill walking hand-in-hand to a vacation spot in the East?

While some critics find Hillary Clinton a bit strident, nonetheless she possesses the strength of character and determination that qualify her to be our next U.S. president. Let's hope that happens.

Dorothy Snodgrass

Berkeley

Must learn to live within our means

This regards the recent My Word by Scott Haggerty, Nate Miley and Mark Green.

While pleading for more of our hard-earned tax dollars, they failed to acknowledge a recent study by UC Berkeley identifying how costly and inefficient our bus and light-rail systems are in the Bay Area. The report even made it to the Channel 2 nightly news.

So before any more money is collected to support public transportation, I strongly suggest that they take a good look at what they are currently doing and learn to live within their means.

One great example would be to take all the empty buses that they run out to Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin and redeploy them to denser cities like Oakland and Berkeley, where there is more of a population to support them.

It's time to start realistically assessing resources, rather then act like drunken tax-and-spend politicians driving the state further into bankruptcy and citizens out of the state.

Mimi Steel

Castro Valley

GOP is conducting the real class warfare

Attempting to tax the superrich has been labeled class warfare. Chronic amnesia must have swallowed Grover Norquist and the GOP.

Over the past three decades, the superrich and all three branches of government have successfully waged war against ordinary working Americans. It began with deregulation; transportation, communication, energy and finance, benefiting only corporations and Wall Street while eliminating American jobs.

American workers watched their mills and factories close, their pensions evaporate and their lives change to flipping burgers for minimum wages.

The super-corrupt Reagan administration continued the dismantling of the middle class with the help of Congress, and more of our high-paying jobs were shipped overseas. The next three presidents, with the help of Congress, continued to outsource our jobs to the cheapest bidders overseas and across the border.

White-collar Americans became the next to evaporate, culminating with the Bush legacy: the 2008 recession.

The practice continues with today's GOP and their hatred of American workers. Make them pay for it in November. That's class warfare.

Bill Castellanos

Pinole