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Re: “Letters for the Week of August 20

Hooray for Debra Sherman. Boycott the Stroll. As for Krebs' statement that the Stroll does not benefit the merchants: the Solano Avenue Association states on its 2010 IRS 990 Form that the purpose of the Stroll is to benefit the "more than 400" merchants of the association, and categorizes the Stroll as "Fundraising." The Stroll generated $105 K in 2010, with expenses of $50 K and only $13 K for "entertainment," according to the association's 990 form. (Cain misstated that amount as $25 K to the EBX reporter. One wonders why.) I don't think anyone would argue that the music is one of the main draws, if not THE main draw, to the event. It figures prominently in all the association's advertising for the Stroll.

Cain was paid $55 K in 2009 and received a raise of $7 K in 2010, about half the grand total of what what the musicians were paid. It is mind-boggling that the association has not seen fit to throw a few crumbs the musicians' way. In fact, it's shameful. Cain and the Solano Avenue Association should hang their heads in shame.

Boycott the Solano Stroll.

Posted by yoyo_guru on 08/17/2011 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of August 3

NO.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 08/03/2011 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of August 3

"College students should not ever have political say in the city they go to school in, unless they grew up there. You are a "guest" in the city. Get over yourself.

Entitled little sissies ...."

But, who will speak for the entitled little sissies? Should they try to find a wimp to promote their cause?

Posted by Lawngun on 08/03/2011 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of July 27

Way to hide the news of Ms. Swan's award. I think it's safe to come out now. Those creepy bawdy people are all gone.

Posted by Lawngun on 08/02/2011 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of June 22

There is no such animal as a cost-effective governmental program. If the need for adult education is as great as is claimed here, then let it be privately provided, by either a profit or nonprofit group.
Every time ANY governmental program is facing the axe apologists come out claiming it is indispensable, etc. If the idea has enough merit that a sufficient number of people voluntarily support it it will succeed.
If not, it shouldn't.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 06/22/2011 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of June 8

pinball wizardry an almost extinct art appreciation gradually diminishing, in a rapidly expanding cyberworld of virtuality made mostly somewhere across the sea, magically appearing on shelves at the shopping mall filling the world with chatter more profuse than solid matter.....pinball machines employed craftmen to design the machine, carpenter the console, engineers hooked up the wire harnesses, made moving mechanical parts,
kept lots of people busy....
Ipods, tablets, Ereaders MP3 players etc, maybe a handful of guys get together in a garage, put together a prototype, grab a bankers attention, fill the garage with money, open up a factory on the other side of the world
keeping tens of thousands busy. The pinball wizards, with the magic gone, cant a find a place for pinball machines to call home. Alameda with its ghost naval base has no vacancies available to furnish the pinball wizard's needed space. the plan instead is to to bare no bones, in spite of todays housing markets Alameda's future holds prospects for stick and mortar homes....

Posted by RailTern on 06/11/2011 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of June 8

I agree with Lawngun's general philosophical comments about bankruptcy. Probably in a free society these laws would not exist because why is it moral for a third party to void the debt owed by the second party to the first ?
But government is different in that it is coercively supported unlike all other entities in society.
If bankruptcy is allowed for the city or any city it should be so structured that the city never gets credit again and totally lives within its then very constricted budget.
We all know the Federal Debt will eventually to be repudiated because there's no way it can be paid back and morally it shouldn't because some people have benefited from it while many haven't.
That the DC area is the most prosperous in the nation is because they are living off the fat of the land. I grew up back there and they really think that they are special but they are not.
Nor are we in the vastly overrated Bay Area.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 06/08/2011 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of June 8

"Under bankruptcy, our debt obligations of hundreds of millions of dollars could be restructured."

You need to do a little homework on the City's debt and how it is funded. You will find that such a restructuring would have less impact on the current budget issues than you might imagine. Besides, bankruptcy has become an easy out for individuals, corporations and, increasingly, governmental entities. Who pays, when bankruptcy is declared? The rest of us -- those who believe we should be held accountable for our actions. Bankruptcy is for losers.

Posted by Lawngun on 06/08/2011 at 5:37 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of June 1

Sorry, I meant homegrown tomatoes. An unfortunate typo but I thought my meaning was otherwise clear.
I eat two small hardboiled eggs every morning as part of an Atkins type protein diet, which seems to be working.
Ok, I'll try one of those extra large eggs, just can't make it a regular habit. Thanks for the suggestion.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 06/03/2011 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of June 1

What are "long grown tomatoes"? Never heard of them.

Seriously: who said these are mutually exclusive? Grow your own tomatoes (I do) AND get yourself some incredible eggs once in awhile. It's expensive but not a lot of work...

Posted by yoyo_guru on 06/02/2011 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of June 1

Almost a buck an egg ? 99% of us can't afford those prices. We have long grown tomatoes in our backyard along with corn and many other vegetables.
It's a lot of work but not expensive.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 06/02/2011 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of June 1

Re organic: I missed the article but note Ken Ott's letter. Coincidentally, I accidentally discovered Alexandre's Kids eggs a couple of weeks ago. O.M.G. It was like the first time I tasted a homegrown tomato! It was like I'd never had a real egg before! The yolks are large and bright orange and thick and the eggs seem heavier than other eggs I've eaten before. These eggs are worth paying double for (which is what they cost). It's still less than a buck an egg. And I'm glad the hens are happy. It had been bothering me not to be totally vegan because I knew that even "free range" hens are hardly that.

Posted by yoyo_guru on 06/01/2011 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of May 25

University of California (UC) Faculty, UC Academic Senate, UCOP pitch in to curb taxes and increases in tuition. 10 UC campuses, UCOP are not untouchable. Californians face foreclosure, unemployment, depressed wages and higher taxes: it's time the Governor, UC Board of Regents, President Yudof showed leadership by curbing costs, particularly wages, benefits. As a Californian, I don't care what others earn at private, public universities. If wages better elsewhere, chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured, non tenured faculty, UCOP should apply for the positions. If wages commit employees to UC, leave for better paying position. The sky above UC will not fall.
California suffers from the greatest deficit modern times. UC wages, benefits must reflect California's ability to pay, not what others paid elsewhere. Campus chancellors, vice chancellors, tenured & non-tenured faculty, UCOP are replaceable by the more talented.
UC eases pressure for additional funding:
No furloughs
18 percent reduction in UCOP salaries & $50 million cut.
18 percent prune of campus chancellors', vice chancellors' salaries.
15 percent trim of tenured faculty salaries, increased teaching load
10 percent decrease in non-tenured faculty salaries, as well as increase research, teaching load
100% elimination of all Academic Senate, Academic Council costs, wages.

Rose bushes bloom after pruning.

The Governor, UC Board of Regents, whining President can bridge the trust gap to public by offering reassurances that salaries reflect depressed wages in California. The sky above UC will not fall.

Californians are reasonable people. Levy no new taxes until an approved balanced budget: let the Governor/Legislature lead; make the tough-minded (not cold hearted) decisions of elected leadership. Afterwards come to public for continuing, specified taxes.

Thanking you in advance for advocating for all Californians, University of California

Posted by Moravecglobalebe on 05/25/2011 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of May 11

David Altschul's tendentious rant ignores all the relevant facts in the Palestine Dispute.
Jews have not been living continuously for '2,900 years' in Palestine.
The ancient Hebrews, who may or may not be descendants of the
Ashkenazim, had two small kingdoms over 2500 years ago and they
were shortlived. Ask yourselves what happened to the Canaanites,
Philistines (where the name Palestine comes from), Phoenicians,
Chaldeans, Babylonians, Assyrians and other tribes whom the Hebrew
tribes were encouraged to wipe out according to the Unholy Book
Of Genocide, aka The 'Holy' Bible of the Old Testament.
Ask any Palestinians living in Israel or the Occupied Territories about
the racist nature of Israeli 'democracy.'
The US has given a quarter of a trillion dollars (250 Billion) to Israel
in US tax dollars, mostly since 1967. The German guilt reparations
have also run in the hundreds of billions.
Whether Israelis invented the cell phone or some chip or the alleged,
undocumented advances in medicine and agriculture is totally irrelevant
to the fact that Israel was created by the expulsion of one million
Palestinians in 1947-48 and another half million from the West Bank after
1967 plus the numerous ongoing expulsions of Arabs from East Jerusalem
today.
Altschul's crude racist invocations of his 'people' and their alleged greatness
is utter nonsense. There are no great peoples, only a very few great individuals in ALL ethnic groups and races. Altschul reminds me of the Nazis trying to claim Beethoven, Copernicus, Shakespeare, etc. Total hogwash.
No the hundreds of thousands of Arabs killed by Israel since 1967 and 1948 are exactly on the hands of the Israelis who killed them.
Altschul conveniently forgets that Israel encouraged Hamas in the 80s as an alternative to the secular PLO.
As the old UAW ditty used to go, you can scrub and scrub but you'll never get clean in a Kohler tub.
This applies in spades to the mindless US supporters of Israel who are willing to die to the last Israeli (and Palestinian) from their Berkeley Hills homes.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 05/11/2011 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of May 4

Puhleeeeze, sign Ms. Chretien up for a weekly column. This lady is HILARIOUS!

Posted by Lawngun on 05/04/2011 at 5:41 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of April 27

Lawngun, can you translate your one sentence wordsalad into english ?
By the way, what is a lawngun ? Is that a gun libs in the Hills use to keep
'people of color' off their front lawns ?
Just curious. You have a great day now.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 04/28/2011 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of April 27

Person? Nobody knows you're a dog on the Internet. LOL.

Posted by Lawngun on 04/28/2011 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of April 27

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Posted by Editor on 04/28/2011 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of April 27

This is the second time the coward hiding behind the name of yoyo guru, rather appropriate pseudonym, has made this accusation. There are plenty of Michael Hardestys and plenty of people who doubt the standard WW2 agit-prop across the board. Your attempted analogies fall flat as they are greatly overused by people who are unable to debate rationally.
Furthermore they have nothing to do at all with the subject at hand.
The so-called Shoah is used as an excuse by Israeli apologists but the original
Zionists always advocated the replacement of the Arab natives with outside Jews.
Israel was created by force and fraud. After the US stage managed UN Partition on November 29, 1947 the armed Zionist militias began expelling Arabs and by June, 1948 close to a million had been expelled. The official
UNWRA stats for 1949 show that they were feeding 960,000 Palestinian Arabs
in camps at that time.
Since 1967 we have given 250 billion, that's a quarter trillion, folks, in tax dollars to Israel so blood is on our hands bigtime.
I never was much interested in Obuma's birthplace. He kept Hillary out and the neocon McCainiac out, so he did two good things but that's it.
He has been as servile a stooge to AIPAC as his moronic predecessor.
And except for Ron Paul, he's still better than the other GOP candidates.

Lawngun, as you well know, Don Perata was actually fairly elected by a large margin in the original honest ballot. Quan was narrowly elected in the crooked IRV ballot.

As far as other nonevents go, I have to agree with what Noam Chomsky wrote to me eighteen years ago regarding the knocking off of JFK, it was about as meaningful as another Saturday night shooting in Roxbury.
That's the Negro section of Boston.

Have a great day, folks, and if you Racist Zionists could abstain from anymore cowardly criminal actions against Rabbi Lerner that would be very nice.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 04/28/2011 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of April 27

Or a "lawngun is a smart person" denier. Wait a minute....er.....

Posted by yoyo_guru on 04/28/2011 at 7:41 AM

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