What sane nation has this policy on immigration?

Guess where our state tax-dollars are going now (as per the March 8 Times article). Our tax dollars are now going to pay illegal immigrants to attend colleges in California. That's right. They can now apply for financial aid for college tuition.

What a slap in the face for all the legal residents who are looking for aid for their children to attend college. My granddaughter is looking at colleges she would like to attend. She could be denied financial aid because the aid that might have gone to her is instead going to an illegal immigrant. It is estimated that this will cost our state about $565 million a year to pay for these illegals to attend our colleges.

What other country (or state) would deny aid to their own citizens in favor of paying illegal immigrants to attend college? Anyone paying state taxes will now have a portion of those tax dollars pay for these illegals to attend college. What a disappointment Gov. Brown and our state lawmakers are.

Jerry Apostolo

Danville

Press and state complicit in scam of ObamaCare

I was shocked after seeing the 20,000-plus-page stack of ObamaCare regulations. It's criminal to propose that much complexity into one law. I believe that President Obama should be required to read every word of those regulations. It may cut into his golf game or campaigning!


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Maybe Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi could meet with him four nights per week to discuss what they read because they are as guilty as he is. To every person who is affected by these regulations, this is a time tax as well as an economic tax. Too many so-called leaders in Washington are insane, and they are arrogant about their disease. The media are not the friends of this country because they are in bed with this evil.

What kind of protest or exposé will the Times make regarding this evil farce?

Ray Greer

Danville

Here's what our founders' thought about militias

In his March 11 letter, Harold Franklin opines from "militia" in the Second Amendment that gun ownership may be regulated. In fact, it is the militia that may be regulated, not gun ownership.

The founders used the term "militia" quite deliberately and carefully defined it to explain its inclusion in the Second Amendment:

"The right of the people to keep and bear ... arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the people, trained to arms is the best and most natural defense of a free country ..." -- James Madison, 1789

"A free people ought ... to be armed ... Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself." -- George Washington, 1790

"No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." -- Thomas Jefferson

"A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves ... and include all men capable of bearing arms ... To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them ..." -- Richard Henry Lee, of Virginia, 1788.

John Bruhl

Danville

Development conspiracy nonexistent

Mike Arata's March 17 letter is incredible propaganda for the Tea Party's latest conspiracy theory. If believed, this nonsense could jeopardize our town's future standard of living.

The Danville Town Council is considering zoning additional land for multifamily or high-density dwellings, as allocated by the Association of Bay Area Governments (our regional planning body directed by 38 locally elected officials). Mr. Arata and the Tea Party, however, would have you believe that ABAG is a dictatorial body controlled by the United Nations.

We already have a half-dozen such projects in Danville. All were built in the same way: voluntarily by private developers. The residents range from our kids, fresh out of college, to a lot of the hardworking people who keep Danville running.

Why does Mr. Arata say such nonsense? Perhaps because he must. Belief in this conspiracy theory is a Tea Party requirement. They even got a corresponding plank in the Republican Party platform. Just look up in Wikipedia any of the people or organizations that Mr. Arata demonizes. Then, if you have the stomach for it, Google "Tea Party" and "Agenda 21."

Mr. Arata's ravings could derail Danville's planning process, all to satisfy his party's delusions. Should anyone be listening?

W. Michael Youngblood

Danville

Weapons parity idea a nonstarter

On March 20, Paul Dunton argued that we need more than single-shot guns if we must defend ourselves from our government. He uses the American Revolution as an example of the need for citizens to have "weapons parity" with its government. Four reasons -- location, help, arms parity and communication -- make Dunton's argument flawed.

During our revolution the British were an ocean away and it took months for them to communicate and longer to re-man and rearm. We likely would have lost without help from the French.

Most governments today, especially America, have weapons far superior to their citizens. That is why rebels in Iraq (with two-thirds of its citizens against the government) and Libya were unable to overthrow their governments; it took the United States, et al. Does Dunton have a Blackhawk that can fire 30 mm rounds at 625 per minute?

Our government controls and scans the communication infrastructure. Dunton has company, and not good, in thinking that the U.S. government can be overthrown (e.g. Bin Laden and al-Qaida).

Instead of being delusional, stay informed and vote.

Bret Beck

Livermore

Opposing cheap housing plan valid, justifiable

Recently several writers have castigated Danville as elitist because of its opposition to ABAG dictates regarding affordable housing.

Other nearby communities (e.g., Orinda, Lafayette, San Ramon, Pleasanton) have also been in ABAG's gunsights in recent years. It is actually one component of affordability that raises serious concerns: "very low income." This is not a category that includes teachers, firemen, etc., as often stated. Rather, it consists of violence-prone broken families that consistently raise havoc in Antioch, Richmond, East Oakland and elsewhere. Youths from this background are far more attracted to gang activity than to care about education.

If this element is allowed to live near downtown Danville, it will only be a matter of time before we will see metal detectors and full-time policemen at San Ramon Valley High School. Innocent youths will be attacked for wearing the wrong color clothing and school test scores will plummet, taking down property values with them. Danville and other nearby cities don't want gang-prone elements forcibly placed in their midst. This is not elitism. It is just common sense. ABAG's demands are social engineering at its worst.

Lawrence Foster

San Ramon