Brown should veto unnecessary bill

As the chair of the board of directors for the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH) that represents more than 850 offices of direct care providers who oppose SB 411, we strongly urge Gov. Jerry Brown to veto this bill.

SB 411 establishes unnecessary requirements that greatly increase the cost of providing home care without adding significant consumer protections, such as the certification of all home care aides and a public website that includes the names, employers and location of all home care aides.

The Department of Social Services estimates that the cost of SB 411 would be $25 million every year and $3 million in upfront costs. The majority of these costs are associated with the certification of home care aides and the development and maintenance of a registry website, both of which CAHSAH opposes and considers unnecessary.

The public website also poses a security and privacy concern for home care aides, who are mostly women, and may not want their location and employer made public.

Please join me in urging Gov. Brown to veto SB 411.

Denise Altomare

Chair, CAHSAH Belmont

Brown using wild plans in search of a legacy

Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking to establish his legacy by the building of the bullet train and the water pipeline to send Delta water south. In my eyes, he is ignoring that this state doesn't have the money for his goals.

The Delta levees are in need of major improvements. They protect our fragile ecosystem, fishery and drinking water. If Brown thinks the federal government will do it, he's dreaming. All we have gotten from the feds is talk, talk, talk. This is the area he should spend the money. What has been done so far is nothing but a Band-Aid solution to a major problem. As to his legacy, he could be remembered as the man who saved the Delta.

Joseph J. Congi

Concord

Look in the mirror for elusive militia

In a recent letter, Robert Zanker made the following statement concerning firearms, the Second Amendment, and the militia: "there must be lots of militia members around" but he has "never met any."

If Zanker wants to meet one of the elusive members of the militia he is searching for, I suggest he do an Internet search of the California Military and Veterans Code, Sections 120-130, and the United States Code, Title 10, section 311, and then look in the mirror and see if he knows the person looking back at him because he is, was, or will be, a member of the militia under both state and federal law.

Bob Greenslade

Walnut Creek

GOP thinks we are moochers

Mitt Romney did let the cat out of the bag.

The Republicans think almost half of our country is a nation of slackers, living in an entitlement society, mooching off the rich. The narrative is right out of an Ayn Rand novel.

Of course he has his facts wrong: Most of the 47 percent are senior citizens living off Social Security, military families, young people working at minimum-wage jobs, and millions of Americans with disabilities. The majority of the 47 percent live in Southern states that vote Republican.

Romney also doesn't factor in that the 47 percent who do not pay federal income taxes do pay other taxes, and this group is not static.

Millions of Americans, at one time or another, have not paid federal income taxes, but then move on up the ladder and pay taxes, or they have finished their careers and now live on Social Security in low-cost states.

It was an incredibly insulting comment to make about his fellow citizens who are among the hardest working people in the world.

Robert V. Zimmerman

Lafayette

Is GE one of the freeloaders?

So, if Mitt Romney says that 47 percent of the population does not pay federal income taxes, and "corporations are people, my friends," how would he classify the zero tax paid by the person also known as General Electric?

Irving B. Phillips

El Sobrante