I'm sure that I'm not the only one who is writing to you in response to Supervisor Piepho's comments at the Blackhawk Museum last week. To say that I am appalled and dismayed at her idea of good government is an understatement! MAC elections give the groups "a false sense of power," her words, and yet she also comments that a MAC serves as a "bridge" between the community it represents and the Board of Supervisors.
Why would the board NOT want an elected MAC consisting of members that their community WANTS? Why would the supervisors NOT want a body of individuals who give voice to what their community WANTS?
The way I see it is any APPOINTED MAC member owes his/her loyalty to the supervisor who did the appointing and not the community it is supposed to serve. How does Piepho expect to get ANY independent thoughts from a group of individuals that she and her fellow supervisors appointed?
Sorry, but democracy doesn't work that way. Democracy exists FOR and BY its people, not for the board of supervisors.
Lucretia Marcus, Alamo
Guy's best bet
Your feature article "What a Guy" on Assemblyman Guy Houston (Jan. 26) was balanced and excellent journalism. I've known Guy and Inge Houston since she was president of the San Ramon Valley Republican Women, Federated, and I a member, which meets in Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville, while Guy was considering entering Dublin politics. His playing football at and graduating from San Ramon Valley High School, where his dad coached football, in downtown Danville, certainly qualifies them as subjects for your hometown paper.
Although I parted with the GOP because they deviated from their long held set of political philosophies, I still have highest respect for how Guy, and Lynne Leach before him, represented us in the Assembly. Now, with Congressional District 10 falling to Ellen Tauscher 10 years ago, and Congressional District 11 falling to Jerry McNerney last November, Assembly District 15 is the only partisan seat in Republican hands. When Guy terms out in 2008, the advantage of incumbency is gone, plus with the ever-narrowing registration advantage of Republicans, Assembly District 15 could easily become the final East Bay seat to go Democrat in 2008. A third party in the race could tip the balance.
Guy's options in 2008 likewise are difficult: To win either District 11 back from McNerney, or a race against the 2008 Democrat Primary victor for the termed-out seat of District 7 Sen. Tom Torlakson. I predict this will be Republican-turned-Democrat District 11 Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier.
Guy's best bets in 2008 may be a state or federal appointed post.
Ralph Hoffmann, Danville
Library withholding critical works
Contra Costa Library System has about 93 books on the subject of the "global warming" hysteria. Of these, 78 are downright propaganda pieces of global warmer tub thumpers, devoid of facts or verifiable references. It is OK to have all kind of books.
Of the remaining 15, three are not really relevant and the other 12 do represent a critical view of the issue. There are also two government reports but not, of course, Sen. James M. Inhofe's "A Skeptic's Guide to Debunking Global Warming Alarmism." Presumably the librarians hold that this represents a balanced resource for the readers.
To do my part by way of correcting this situation and in view of the current campaign directed at propagandizing our children, I left with the Danville library an "Energy Primer for the Kids." The manager approached me and said the library could not make the book available to its readers because it had no ISBN number (I wonder if the U.S. Constitution has one) and "has not been published" - presumably not by the Washington Pest or the Treason Times. The ISBN requirement later turned out to be a fabrication of that person. I also heard from the chief librarian that there is no "space."
It is obvious the establishment is gearing up to impose a hefty "carbon footprint" tax, part of which will go for financing the billion dollar grants for "scientists" (=charlatans) to fabricate additional "scientific" support for their hallucinations.
It looks like Danville residents will be able to read only what the librarian allows them.
Vlado Bevc, Danville