Arnold and the State Budget; More San Francisco City Budget; Gay Anthology …

by on July 6, 2009

To the Editor:

Good for Arnold! It is about time some Executive held a legislature’s feet to the fire. SPEND WITHIN YOUR MEANS. You can not have everything you want. The taxpayers are not a limitless source of revenue. Even the ones you call “rich.”

California has been chasing off industry for decades, even the nominal Hollywood film industry. Every dollar in tax revenue that you chase our-of-state must be made up by increasing taxes, unless you cut spending. You will have no choice but to do it, if not now, then later. If you do it later, it will only become more difficult.

Lux Omniz

PS: Please don’t come asking the rest of the country to come bail you out. We are having trouble making our own ends meet with more people trying to take out of the government than are putting in.

To the Editor:

Look, when are people going to stop playing this stupid game of “it’s HIS fault!!” The problem this state has, is that despite having the highest taxes in the country nearly, they waste all the money they collect, because they are one of the most corrupt states in the union. California doesn’t need to collect more money, they need to fire some worthless “employees” that collect a check, but don’t deserve to collect one.

Look at our public education system here, it’s now awful. We need to fire teachers. We don’t need more certifications. I live in Silicon Valley, I’m an engineer, I’m a fucking good engineer, and I wouldn’t ever be qualified to teach math or science here, because being a person that uses advanced mathematics and engineering and science doesn’t qualify me to be an engineer. Some dumb ass test does. The bureaucracy is crazy here, and there are no performance metrics.

Richard Wicks

To the Editor:

Thank you, Paul Hogarth, for the detailed articles about the San Francisco budget. They enlighten us about what’s going on in that byzantine City Hall. Gavin Newsom’s imperviousness to San Francisco’s woes qualifies him to be in Sacramento to continue in the legacy of George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Nafiss Griffis
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Regarding your review of Smash the Church, Smash the State, I must say this: why would you NOT include in your Philadelphia review the NAMES of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) Philadelphia-based contributors, who will be part of a reading at Giovanni’s Room on July 18th?

This omission is hard to understand. Philadelphia icons like Victoria Brownworth, Mark Segal and Thom Nickels (Gay and Lesbian Philadelphia) are just two of the contributors to this anthology, as well as long time activists like Hal Tarr and James Roberts.

Maureen Otwell

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