Glazer's stance is right one on BART strikes
Concerning Tom Barnidge's Oct. 8 column on Steve Glazer's position with BART strikes, my wife and I, both registered Democrats, will vote for Glazer in next year's election. We hope others, Democrats and Republicans alike, will see the wisdom in his actions in safeguarding the 400,000 riders who use BART daily.
Hasn't Hudson done enough harm by now?
Unfortunately for San Ramon, Dave Hudson is running yet again for City Council. Over the past 20 years Hudson has been a fixture on our council, never seeing a development proposal he didn't like.
He aggressively supported the failed Measure W which would have allowed massive development in the Tassajara Valley, further crowding our streets and schools. When former City Manager Herb Moniz was the highest paid in the state at over $350,000 per year, Hudson angrily defended the largesse, proclaiming Moniz "was worth every penny." During the worst recession in a generation, citizens were outraged.
Hudson and others on City Council at the time allowed deficits to soar in part by sanctioning overly generous city worker pensions. They then issued millions in incremental long-term debt to cover the liability while sticking us citizens with the bill (plus interest!) for the next 30 years. Twenty years is more than enough of this kind of leadership. We can do better than another four of Dave Hudson.
Congress and Obama should also lose pay
I understand that during our government shutdown the president and Congress still got paid their salaries. I bet if this is reversed the solution to our government problem would be dramatic!
Old weapons station great for Raiders, A's
It's interesting to note that the Oakland Raiders are considering a stadium at the Concord Naval Weapons Station. It's a good idea for them and it's also a good idea for the Oakland A's. And it was an excellent idea when I first proposed it in my letter to the editor mailed October 27, 2005.
I totally agree with your editorial that the Oakland A's should remain in the Bay Area. If the A's are willing to consider a new stadium, I would like to suggest a location that I haven't heard mentioned before now. What is needed is nearby freeway access, BART service within a stone's throw of the stadium and lots of open, undeveloped space.
What better location than the old Concord weapons station, which is soon to be developed by the City of Concord? Consider: a major freeway goes right by the site; a BART station could be built that would directly feed into the stadium; and the land is certainly ready for building. I would urge that local leaders consider this project and all the many implications for vibrant economic development in the north county.
Affordable Care Act is proving not so for many
I appreciated Sunday's article "Health Law's Reality Sets In" by Tracy Seiple. This good example, I fear, is just the tip of the iceberg. As a healthy longtime Kaiser plan family, we are confronted with an increase of 50 percent in medical insurance costs for 2014. This is accompanied by a $2,000-a-year increase in the deductible, increased prescription costs and services averaging about 50 percent higher. We are a retired couple, not yet Medicare-eligible, and expect this will add more than $5,000 to our medical costs next year. We aren't eligible for government assistance to offset any of these costs.
To Dana Howard, of Covered California, I say, "baloney." Most people on independent plans ARE seeing increases, just not those with pre-existing conditions. We converted to independent coverage upon retirement two years ago, with little cost impact at that time. I am feeling thrown under the bus for 2014 with the other independently insured and assume Kaiser must sense more "risk" with this pool. But I don't understand how they would quantify this to be exactly 50 percent more or why that wasn't the case last year or earlier.
I sense that the bulk of the burden is being carried by independent plan members, not employer plans. Here's hoping that millions of healthy younger individuals join coveredca.org soon to drive costs back down. I'm not holding my breath.
Shutdown all solely fault of tea party GOP
The tea party is responsible for the government shutdown. What's in it for these mean-spirited zealots? It's hard to silence fanatics who won't be shamed as racists or bought by special privileges.
They are slowing down access to the illusion of security that Americans rightly deserve. Tea party principles, once called American exceptionalism, is now a lunatic-fringe ideology. By the way, our "exceptionalism" as mocked by Vladimir Putin and disavowed by President Obama never meant that Americans are preeminent human beings; it means that the legacy of our founding is a political system based on Enlightenment thought to thwart the worst excesses of unfettered government power.
The tea party's last stand is an anachronism of our Exceptionalism. If they infuriate you, just wait, they will fade into irrelevance now that the majority of Americans yearn to be unexceptional.
Thanks to area stores for aid to our troops
East Bay Blue Star Moms Chapter 101 wishes to publicly thank Safeway stores in Alamo and San Ramon and Lucky Stores in Danville and San Ramon for allowing us to collect goods outside their stores.
We have sent thousands of packages since 2001, with more than 4,000 in 2012 alone, to deployed Americans serving our country due to the generosity of your patrons. We still have 68,000 military personnel in Afghanistan, many from this area.
Our soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors and Coast Guard love getting things from home! Blue Star Moms thank both businesses for letting us work with the community as we continue in our mission to support our troops.
With heartfelt appreciation,
Dublin care package committee chair
president, East Bay Blue Star Moms Chapter 101 Lafayette