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Tri-Valley letters: Public sector unions at root of water rate hikes

The EBMUD and Central Contra Costa Sanitary District rate hikes are outrageous. There should be a public outcry regarding these increased charges.
At the root of the issue is the fact that now the public sector is unionized. None other than Franklin Delano Roosevelt stated that there was no room for public sector unions. In labor negotiations for public sector unions, there is no true representative of the taxpayer. It is a gigantic mismatch. And the taxpayer ends up footing the bill; case in point – EBMUD and Central San rate hikes.
There was a day when public sector workers were paid somewhat less than the private sector because of the enormous security and extensive benefits in civil service. Today, the unionized public sector not only still has the security and the multi-week week paid vacation etc., but also high wages and enormous pensions. FDR was right. The taxpayers should have an outcry.
Kevin Reidy

BART leaders hiding crime date should quit jobs
BART’s Kerry Hamill needs to go. Hamill and all the other executives at BART who have taken it upon themselves to dictate what crime information does and doesn’t get released need to do us all a favor and gracefully resign.
Pontificating as to what might occur if certain information is released and then acting on their beliefs is not within their purview. A crime is a crime is a crime. I don’t care who commits it or what they look like — the act speaks for itself and must be acted upon in the interest of all citizens.
Crimes must be reported to the authorities and information that would be beneficial toward solving them must be circulated in order to maximize apprehension and yes — gasp! — actual punishment.
The old, now-forgotten saying “crime doesn’t pay” should once again be made relevant. All this concern about the little hearts and minds of these deviant thugs preying upon the commuting public — you know, the workers who make this country run — is apparently not working all that well. Bring back the figurative swift punch in the nose. That is timeless and, trust me, it works far better than wringing your hands.
While I’m at it, BART would be well advised to clean up the stations as well as the cars. It would be nice to once again look out clean windows as you ride along instead of clutching your hidden iPhone and wallet while watching the door. Talk about absurd management.
George Vien
Yes, probe ALL recent U.S. collusion with Russia
Collusion with the Russians must be investigated. This is dangerous. We cannot ignore how Hillary Clinton — while she was Secretary of State — worked out a deal to sell Putin and the Russians 20 percent of U.S. uranium through Canadian middlemen who all then gave over $100 million to the Clintons. This is truly collusion, corruption and even treason.
U.S. Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Chuck Schumer, et al, where are you and your concerns for protecting America from this Russian interference?
Greg Thibodeaux
Proposed A’s stadium cost seems unwarranted
I have recently been hearing or reading about the plan to build a new ball park for the A’s at the cost of millions or even billions of dollars. It seems quite an expense to build a park for the team who usually draws less than 20,000 fans per night.
On July 17, the crowd totaled less that 10,000. It is no wonder the crowds are small since the team routinely gives away any player who produces or is a fan favorite. Steven Vogt, very popular, was let go and is now playing for Milwaukee. Then Billy Beane gave away two top bullpen pitchers for basically no return.
So is it any wonder that the large crowds only show up for games against the Yankees and Red Sox? The big question is whether we residents of Alameda County are going to be paying for the stadium.
James McCuen
WWII Japan deserves no tears for getting nuked
As the anniversary of the end of the war against Japan approaches, you will read misleading letters that decry the use of atomic bombs to end the war.
These writers will try to convince you that we were wrong to use such weapons and that our actions were immoral. Nothing could be further from the truth. What they do not tell you is that our country was at war with the Japanese Empire, which had invaded its neighbors in Asia, attacked the United States, murdered 10 million civilians, conducted research on and used bio-weapons, forced tens of thousands of women into sexual slavery, murdered countless Allied prisoners of war and were planning to execute all prisoners of war, including civilians, in August of 1945.
An invasion of Japan would have killed several hundred thousand soldiers and civilians and prolonged the war for years. Since my father did not die in this invasion, I am able to write this letter and believe that ending the war quickly using atomic bombs was the right and moral choice.
Michael L. Atkinson
Continuing to raise taxes won’t relieve the gridlock
I read a recent article about gridlock that states “more than half of prospective voters would be willing to pay up to $3 more in bridge tolls to ease congestion.” I thought, “Wait, this is July 4, not April 1.”
The executives of BART, AC Transit and SCVA must be salivating over potentially receiving more funds. The duped and sheep already approved a $3.2 billion bond measure for BART, and they voted in several tax hikes in November. Not to mention the Legislature approval of a gas tax increase.
The article goes on to justify this insanity, “which the voters approved.”
Poll questions should be: Do you work, pay taxes, use BART or ferry systems, or cross bridges daily? Are you willing to continue to line the pockets of the executives running the transit systems in the Bay Area?
The problem lies in each city’s planning department: Stop building new homes; and the federal government: Stop allowing more immigrants in until the dust settles.
I’m sure this article was run on the Fourth of July while the duped and the sheep were planning their barbecues, giving them yet another pass at ignorance.
Gerry Jackson
This climate change quite different from ones in past
A recent letter writer lambasted Kristie Middleton of the Humane Society of the United States for suggesting that eating less meat would provide a partial solution to the problem of climate change.
What problem? Earth’s climate has always fluctuated. Ice ages and warming periods have come and gone and there have been five mass extinctions during which up to 90 percent of species have disappeared. He knows that and I know that but apparently thousands of climate scientists missed school that day. How embarrassing. What’s happening now is completely normal? That changes everything.
But wait — you say that climate change is normal but now instead of happening over millions of years, it’s accelerating rapidly and may be close to reaching the point of no return? And, this time, it won’t be just mastodons that go extinct but humans, too? More fires, hurricanes, rising sea levels, record high temperatures? Future generations doomed? Wow, that’s different. Maybe we should do what we can before it’s too late. Hard, but worth a try. Or not. You decide.
Kathy Sarconi
Walnut Creek

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