I read with dismay the article about Proposition 30 and Gov. Jerry Brown (“Passage of tax increases spells big win for governor,” Thursday). On the cover, the subheading read: “Governor says taxes will pave way to state fiscal stability.” In the story it then says that, “The changes will provide $6 billion to balance the state budget.”
Balance the state budget? I thought the ads said the funds from Prop. 30 were going to our schools and that “Sacramento can’t touch it.” So, this means that he’s going to take the money and spend it on other things (like the high-speed rail project and the water tunnel from the San Joaquin Delta, as stated in the article) and not all on our children? This was exactly what I expected from him and now it’s in print.
The proposition and the ads were merely a cover and scare tactic to get people to agree to raise taxes and then take the money to do with as Brown sees fit, not as the people saw fit.
In short: They were all lies and the people fell for it hook, line and sinker. I guess we can forget about seeing any improvements in our per-pupil spending in schools in the near future, because the money won’t be spent on our children.
Hail to the 76 bus route
I am a frequent rider on the Sunday-holiday 76-Marin Headlands Muni bus line.
Your story on the bus line (“Fewer bumps for bus to Marin,” Tuesday) incorrectly states that the current schedule operates only on Sundays. The 76 bus also operates on certain city holidays.
You say the on-time performance of the 76 line is 10 percent, which in my experience is not the case.
I believe the chief reason the 76 bus does not operate on schedule is because of Sunday Streets, which causes mayhem to vehicular traffic in huge swaths of The City by barring vehicles from certain areas.
Get to work, GOP politicos
In 2008, the Senate majority leader, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, declared that the No. 1 goal for the Republican Party would be to make sure President Barack Obama was a one-term president. America has suffered because of it.
On Tuesday night, America denied McConnell his goal and we re-elected Obama. So now it’s time for Republicans to give up that crazy nonsense and get to work doing their jobs.
I’m hoping that Republicans learn something from this and follow New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s example as a new template for GOP behavior.
It’s time for Republicans to do what’s right and argue over who gets the credit, rather than do what’s wrong and fight over who gets the blame.
Tough road ahead for U.S.
Even though President Barack Obama was re-elected, it is no time for a celebration.
Our country has a lot of hard work ahead to create more jobs, stimulate the economy and improve our educational system.
Kenneth L. Zimmerman