Rail, health off track
EDITOR: I wonder how many people have noticed the similarities between the state-run high-speed rail project and federal implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Both are government-sponsored programs, and according to The Press Democrat's Dec. 11 editorial (“Time to put the brakes on high-speed rail”), the rail system is “beset by soaring costs, unfulfilled promises, legal setbacks and a resulting loss of public support and confidence.” The same words apply to the Affordable Care Act implementation (or the lack thereof) except that that debacle is far worse since it affects the nation as a whole. What does that lead one to conclude? Think about it — it is our tax dollars at work.
AUDREY J. CHAPMAN
Four to unseat
EDITOR: I am appalled that four Sonoma County elected officials — Supervisor Mike McGuire, Santa Rosa Mayor Scott Bartley and Vice Mayor Erin Carlstrom and Healdsburg Vice Mayor Jim Wood — signed a Nov. 26 letter opposing San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed's plans for a statewide pension-relief ballot measure (“Effort to overhaul pensions draws fire,” Dec. 13)
These four want to saddle taxpayers with a long-term tax burden for outrageous lifetime pensions and medical benefits. Some folks already retired are making six-figure pensions and are now working in other jobs for full salaries. And what does the public get? More and more cuts to parks, the needy and other vital services.
Let's make sure these four are not elected. We need leaders who will give us our public services back. We need leaders who will get us out of this tremendous unfunded pension liability debt. We need leaders who work on behalf of the public — not the unions.
Please for the sake of the public, when voting next, say no to McGuire, Bartley, Carlstrom and Wood.