<b>Money well spent</b>
EDITOR: In response to Tuesday's editorial ("The tricks and gimmicks that pad pensions"): Former Supervisor Mike Kerns and former Auditor-Controller Rod Dole were mentioned as being instrumental in guiding the policy of the current county retirement system. The amounts of their pensions were mentioned, which are in the hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. But, as a Sonoma County taxpayer, I think this is money well spent in order to keep them out of office — where they cost the taxpayers millions.
SCOTT D. BOWEN
<b>Akin and the GOP</b>
EDITOR: Todd Akin, the representative from Missouri, is not an outlier within the GOP. Paul Ryan, the GOP pick for vice president, co-sponsored Akin's bill on abortion that gives any fertilized egg the same rights as any person. This is what GOP leadership stands for these days.
Please give us an in-depth look at the relationship between Akin and the GOP leadership. We need to have a clear idea of what is on the table.