He keeps fighting
Re "After chemo, the Ironman," Oct. 5
Thank you for your wonderful story on Marine Staff Sgt. Clayton Treska, who plans to race in the Ford Ironman World Championship in Hawaii while battling stage 4 cancer.
It is extraordinary people like him who inspire all of us to support the people and organizations that stand behind those who are making a difference.
Here is a true hero; a person who knows adversity and is facing it head on. Why can't we have politicians like Treska?
A true inspiration; I wish him success in beating this insidious disease.
Scott H. Whittle
The Times' pick for governor
Re "Brown for governor," Editorial, Oct. 3
Three topics demand the attention of our candidates for governor: Shall we legalize and tax marijuana, allow offshore drilling for oil, and renegotiate state pensions?
Clearly, Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman would rather argue about domestic help than to touch these issues. But Californians must consider solutions to the immense problems coming at us — otherwise, we might as well continue with Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor.
It is not surprising that The Times has endorsed Brown for governor; what is surprising is the rationale. All of the reasons expressed in the editorial are exactly why he shouldn't be elected.
Californians are sick of the status quo: budget deadlock, politics as usual, escalating deficits and threats from the unions and special interests.
Brown's TV ads sound like a chapter out of the conservative book: "No new taxes without voter approval, caps on pensions, tough decisions, getting the decision-making back to the people/out of Sacramento." Where were those promises when he was governor before?
Your recommendation for governor is incorrect but pretty much irrelevant.
Only "true believers" vote in primaries, so the poor choices in the general election should come as no surprise.
When compared to other elections, Brown and Whitman are better than the average due to the lack of voter participation.
It is the Legislature, bureaucracy and us — the uninvolved but proposition-happy electorate — that are the core of our state's problems. Even an Earl Warren, Pat Brown or Ronald Reagan would be stymied.
The only difference that the "piñata" we choose for the next four years will likely make may be to veto the most egregious bills put forth by the legislators. That being the case, Whitman is the better choice.
Your endorsement of Brown came as no surprise, and it appears to be well researched, logical and well meaning.
I have a different point of view. A Republican governor can provide the checks and balances that are imperative when we have the left, the progressives, the liberals, the Democrats passing law after law that destroy the state economy and our freedoms.
The Times seems to ignore our high unemployment rate and studies that show us at the bottom in business friendliness and regulation mandates. You also forget what happened the last time we had a Democratic governor.
The last thing we need is a Democratic governor.
The Brown/ Whitman contrast to the "real world" is interesting. If you need to fix your car, you look for the most experienced mechanic, not the new guy who never fixed a car before but was a great salesman for a tool-making company.
It seems that in politics, the public often feels obliged to get the inexperienced to govern.
Politics is the art of persuasion, by everything from arm-twisting to sweet-talking. It is knowing which levers to pull and when to swallow your pride or when to lord it over another politician.
If my car is broken, I'm going to take it to the best mechanic in town, even if he is grumpy and elderly. Brown, it seems to me, is that mechanic.
San Juan Capistrano
Back and forth on Whitman
Re "Whitman ex-maid files wage claim," Oct. 6, "Whitman cast as hypocrite," Column, Oct. 4, and "Whitman campaign courts Latinos," Oct. 2
Meg Whitman blew it. If she had hired an immigration attorney to help her former housekeeper instead of firing her, she would not have been perceived as a pariah among Latino voters.
An act of compassion would have won Whitman more Latino votes than all her money could buy.
Ocean Hills, Calif.
According to Whitman, when her housekeeper tearfully confessed that she was here illegally and begged for help to correct her status, she was immediately fired without warning or severance pay, and Whitman says she has not spoken to her in the last 15 months.
This is the treatment received by the person who Whitman says was "like a member of our family," someone who was a trusted employee for nine years, who helped care for Whitman's children?
I wouldn't treat a stranger with such cold-hearted disinterest. I fear what Whitman has in mind for the rest of us if she wins this election.
Debra Young Krizman