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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
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

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

Re: “Letters for the Week of April 27

Or a Jean Quan was elected Mayor denier. LOL

Posted by Lawngun on 04/28/2011 at 5:16 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of April 27

Well, if you're going to attack Sinkinson: Doing a search on "Michael Hardesty" combined with the word "holocaust" will tell you all you need to know about him. He's a holocaust denier and makes no bones about it elsewhere. Do you also think the world is flat, Mike, or that Obama wasn't born in the US? Oh, wait, that's been disproven...

Posted by yoyo_guru on 04/27/2011 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of April 27

How come the print edition omitted the first two letters on Palestine/Israel ?
The only letters they print are Jim Sinkinson's predictably stupid, kneejerk Likudnik kook response and the weak Jeff Hoffman letter.
Sinkinson is part of the very small group of cranks who relentlessly attacked the Berkeley Daily Planet with false accusations of 'anti-semitism' as if all the many critics of Israel, Jewish and Gentile, would support those brutal Israeli policies if Israel was run by Gentiles ! Anyone stupid enough to believe that ?
I disagreed with Becky O'Malley about 99.99% of the time but she has always been extremely fair about running opposing letters. She waited too long to cut off Spitzer after his obvious threats and attempted intimidation. I'd urge a boycott of Sinkinson's Bulldog Reporter if anyone actually read it.
A rather sizable number of Berkeley Jews do disagree with Israeli State policies but even if there were complete agreement it would simply verify Ayn Rand's comment in We The Living that a long line of zeroes just equals
ZERO. Quantity never determines truth.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 04/27/2011 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of April 20

Why is this inane letter being reprinted again ? Let the left libs of the hills wine & brie set pay for NPR themselves. Since NPR claims ony 2% of their budget comes from the Feds they should easily make up the difference
from all the six figure nonproductive attorneys and government bureaucrats who are the core of their audience and they have tons of commercials all day on KQED. The National Propaganda Radio Newshour has a long list of corporate sponsors at the beginning of each slanted news hour.
Ayn Rand wrote about The Establishing Of An Establishment in TheAyn Rand Letter in the 70s, get it from Amazon.
Mrs. Walter Mondale had some loaded arts committee thirty years ago with Ray Taliaferro of KGO as its head. You can imagine the slant.
Multiculturalism in Oakland means Blacks Only. Even the PC German government has declared multiculturalism a failure there.
There are thoughtful conservative Blacks who oppose all this nonsense too.
Mostly braindead white libs are pushing it.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 04/20/2011 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Letters for March 30

Trying to preserve the environment and not killing animals to extinction "for our children" is part of the problem. To really save the earth, humans should stop reproducing. It is criminal to keep producing more humans. Usually about now the response is hysterical about how I'm advocating humans to die out., but really, considering the obscene number keeps doubling, that's not likely to happen.

Posted by Bev Von Dohre on 03/31/2011 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Letters for March 9

I think using the header "Gallant is guilty" over my letter tends to put words in my mouth, but also reinforces my complaint which was more about the job your paper has done covering Alameda City Hall than it was to point out how bad Gallant is supposed to be.

Posted by M Irons on 03/19/2011 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Letters for March 9

I think the point is that we all do live in our own universe. I am white, but married to someone of different ethnicity and we feel very happy in Oakland. I know that sometimes people of other races are suspicious of me, in fact may dislike me because I'm white. These are their feelings and are not personal to me but say a lot about their experience in the world. However, I have sincere friends from all backgrounds and races in Oakland. Yes, my universe may indeed be an alternate one from yours. I respect that you have had a different experience. S-J Harrison

Posted by sj on 03/13/2011 at 8:11 PM

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