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Let Livermore Schools
parcel tax expires

I have decided to vote no on Measure A, the renewal of the Livermore School Plot Tax. Three reasons:

I wonder about the need. District Superintendent Remuneration exceeds $435,000, more than that of President Joe Biden. The following three assistants in total more than $800,000 more. The neighborhood seems flooded with money.

I question the district’s judgment in rebuilding high school swimming pools to an outdated 1950s size rather than the modern one. Standard length of 25 meters found in other high schools in the region.

I question the administration’s wording in the ballot that “…any parcel owned and occupied by a person 65 years of age or older shall be exempt from the school parcel tax”, but I found who should have apply for exemption.

The previous fee expires. Leave it like that.

Russ Greenlaw
Livermore

Compensate fairly
our disabled veterans

Our disabled veterans are grossly underpaid and have been for generations. This is especially true for our totally and permanently disabled veterans.

In 2022, a totally disabled veteran with no dependents is compensated at the ridiculous rate of $39,984.72 per year. The National Average Wage Index (NAWI) for 2020 was $55,628.60 per year and the median income for 2020 was $67,521.00. GDP per capita in 2020 was $63,416.00among the highest in the world.

Compensate them at least at NAWI level for all types of totally and permanently disabled veterans.

Once our young people realize that serving in the armed forces and injuring themselves badly enough to require disability retirement will condemn them to a life of near poverty, the armed forces will collapse.

Gretchen Hansen
Davis

Allocate more funds
for research on Alzheimer’s disease

April is National Minority Health Monthand it reminds me of the ongoing need to raise awareness of the disproportionate affliction of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias among people of African descent.

Blacks are on twice as likely than white people to have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, but much less likely than whites to get a timely diagnosis. It is inexcusable. It’s not a black public health issue, it’s a human public health issue that affects everyone.

I’m an African American Alzheimer’s Caregiver, and I say we can do better, America. We must do better. I urge Congress to increase the commitment to Alzheimer’s disease research (including research into the cause of black disparities and ways to improve early diagnosis and detection) by $226 million. dollars for fiscal year 2023, as requested by the NIH in its fiscal year 23 Professional Judgment Budget for Alzheimer’s Disease.

April Bolin
nice hill

Benefits of COVID
the vaccine outweighs the risk

I liked your opinion piece on anti-vaxxers (“Anti-vaxxers and their chilling and increasingly violent threats” (Page A6, April 12). I feel like both sides are become extreme.

Of course, doctors should not be compared to Nazi doctors and concentration camp experiences. On the other hand, people were frustrated with social distancing and masks after seeing those in power (on both sides of the aisle) not following mandates. Also, people have not been made aware of what essential businesses are. I don’t understand why movie sets stayed open when restaurants outside of those sets had to close.

Also, I feel sorry for people suffering from serious side effects from vaccines. They should get some sort of compensation. However, people should balance the value of the vaccine against infection with the virus. I should know. I was born blind due to a contaminated vaccine that my mother received during her pregnancy. However, I still prefer the vaccine over COVID-19.

Marianne Haas
Berkeley

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