Letters • 03-28-2012 | Print |  E-mail

On Better Government


When I started to read Courtney Strysko’s letter (“Thinks Most in U.S. Not Qualified to Vote,” Letters, March 21) I thought she was motivated by a “graphic T- shirt” without realizing that young men (and women) who wear such shirts are looking for attention more than they are stating their position.

Samuel Jackson’s quote was probably much longer and more thoughtful in its entirety. I am sure many voters have little knowledge of (or interest in) history, and what they know about politics comes from Fox News or MSNBC.

So do we exclude them from the voting process because they are less than thoughtful citizens? Was the country better off when only white male property owners could vote? I think not.

We could help citizens  become better voters by shortening the interminably long campaign season. We should also limit legislation to one subject. No amendments, no backroom deals, or 1,000-page bills, which lawmakers can’t realistically read before voting on them (as well as a huge waste of paper).

Our state legislators send out newsletters describing what they have introduced or voted for in the last session, but a more timely and comprehensive description as Ms. Strysko proposed would help voters make a more intelligent choice.

Something must be done to include the citizenry in the process, or we are just so many sheep being herded around by Big Business lobbyists and the Supreme Court. Of course big business is not a person, but a group of people, who should have only one vote each, like the rest of us.

Carlene Tillson, Castro Valley

Courts Moving Country

Toward Equal Rights


(A response to “Accuses ‘Radical Left’ of Pursuing Reversal of Prop. 8 Through the Courts,” Letters, March 7)

What part of no don’t I understand?

The same part that Susan B. Anthony didn’t understand when she was arrested and went to court for trying to vote in 1872. She died before she ever got to vote legally, with “No” still on the lips of her oppressors.

The same part that James Meredith didn’t understand when he went to court in 1962 to gain admission to the University of Mississippi. 

The same part that Richard & Mildred Loving didn’t understand when they were told they couldn’t get married in 1967 because they weren’t the same color. They went to the Supreme court.

The same part that Florida families didn’t understand in 2008 when they were told (by voter initiative) that they couldn’t adopt children because they were gay. They went to court.

The same part that gay soldiers didn’t understand when they were told they could not fight for their own country. They went to court.

When someone tells us that we can’t have access to a civil marriage license that is issued by a government institution, which guarantees certain rights regarding taxation, healthcare, social security, estate planning, immigration, etc., in our country where we pay taxes but churches do not, we will go to court. And when some people spread their misguided views that there is something inherently wrong with gay couples, gay families or gay people, I will not be silent or stand idly by. See you in court.

Billy Bradford, Castro Valley

Sees ‘No Logic in

Granting Special Civil Status’ to Gays


What’s wrong with homosexual “marriage?”

First, understand the subject. I am going to group three similar attributes together – homosexuality, obesity, and alcoholism.

Similar? Yes, very. (1) They are all epigenetic, a fancy word that means a trait formulated by both genetics and environment. (2) Most of these traits occur naturally in “healthy” populations at a rate of about 4%.  Interesting. (3) All of them inhibit successful procreation of the species.

But wait, there’s more. (4) When a population is under duress, the frequency of these attributes increases – greatly.  Wow.  One of Nature’s built-in methods of population control – which in turn reduces stress on the population. Both fascinating and eminently logical.

I can admire the accomplishments of an obese person, but I cannot admire their obesity. I can honor the intelligence of an alcoholic (my favorite math teacher), but not honor his alcoholism. I can respect the many positive aspects of a homosexual person, but not respect that aspect of their character.

There is no logic in granting special civil status to those who are defined by an attribute that is symptomatic of a culture in trouble. The prevalence of such behaviors is indicative of excessive stress amongst the population and defines a society in decline. There is nothing positive about that.

However, we live in California. Political correctness and individual “rights” will trump all reason, will they not?

Stacy Spink, Castro Valley


‘Angels’ Don’t Fear to

Tread in Castro Valley


I’d like to thank the three “angels” who came to my rescue on Saturday afternoon, March 24. I was driving westbound on Redwood Road near the 580 exit when my car broke down. The weather was rainy and it was approximately 3:30 p.m.

As I phoned for roadside assistance a passenger by the name of Larry came out of a burgundy truck and helped push my Jeep across the 580 exit, and another man, who was picking up signage for a recycling event, came to help Larry.

After pushing my car to the nearest corner, unbeknownst to me, Larry and the other man noticed that I was still in a compromising area. They returned a second time to push my car closer to Vegas Street, a safer location.

Do I believe in God’s Divine Intervention? Absolutely!

This “dynamic trio” – the driver of the truck, Larry, and the gentleman who was nearby, all could have gone about their business, but they stopped and aided me.

I believe that there are hundreds of stories of Good Samaritans like mine that go unnoticed. I want to encourage you, that an act of kindness no matter the size, will leave an indelible mark on our hearts, change our perspective, and greatly impact our lives. I can only imagine...

Margarita Ramos, Castro Valley


Proctor PTA Thankful

For Auction Support


Proctor School PTA would like to thank the community for its generous support of our auction fundraiser.  We very much appreciate the wonderful donations that we have received from local families and businesses!

Our online auction runs through March 30th.  More information is available at  www.biddingforgood.com/proctorpta.

Debbie Parkes, Proctor PTA




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