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Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:30 am, Sat Oct 27, 2012.

Bravo to Ed Miller's take on the six major propositions, "TEA Party's take on the Propositions," Oct. 10. This makes it easy to vote correctly — "no" on all but Proposition 32. The "Paycheck Protection Initiative" bans both corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates, contributions by government contractors to the politicians who control contracts awarded to them, and automatic deductions by corporations, unions and government employees' wages to be used for politics.

Contrary to radio ads, there are no biggies promoting this issue — no big oil companies, big banks, real estate developers — no big anything. As of Oct. 1, the total monies for Proposition 32 is $9 million, whereas the opposition is at $45.6 million, led by the California Teachers Association with over $18 million, followed by Service Employees International Union with almost $9 million.

Since the teachers union shows strong opposition, let's review the past. Here's an overview of our public education:

  • 65 years ago California schools were rated very high among the best of the 48 states.
  • 60 years ago UC Davis' annual tuition was $85 (two semesters at $42.50 each).
  • 53 years ago teachers join the union and student performance begins its decline.
  • 32 years ago, to fix the state education decline, the lottery is initiated for more funding.

Currently state schools are rated low among the 50 states. Annual tuition at the University of California is $13,200.

Now the administrators of our public schools have found a potential solution. Increase the time it takes students to graduate — that increases revenues while stabilizing costs but does create impact for class selections. A recent study of public schools found that only 57.8 percent of students attending four-year institutions earned a diploma in less than 6 years.

California — we have a problem! Proposition 32 will remove corporations and unions from automatically taking funds from their members' paychecks and contributing to political candidates and issues which may not be in the best interest of their members or the state.

Please join in support of Proposition 32 with the Tea Party and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Vote YES on Prop 32.

Bill Castro

Former member, Rolling Mill

U.S. Steelworkers Union

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  • Thomas Heuer posted at 11:38 pm on Sun, Oct 28, 2012.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1672

    And for No on Prop 32 information go to http://www.votenoon32.com/
    There is no fairness in prop 32.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 3:59 pm on Sun, Oct 28, 2012.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1604

    The Lodi News sentinel is as biased paper has I have ever seen. No journalistic morals. No balance. No sense of fair play. Shame on them.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:31 am on Sun, Oct 28, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Heuer stated...Proposition 32 is a power grab and a effort by select corporations to place themselves


    Please do not trust me or Mr Heuer. I have provided a link for the reader to decide what this bill does... A short exerpt... ( clearly, unions can still collect dues, but with permission from the employee)

    Yes on 32 goes as far as the Constitution allows to cut the money tie between special interests and career politicians by:

    - Prohibiting unions and corporations from giving to candidates

    - Prohibiting unions and corporations from deducting money from employee paychecks for political purposes "without permission", making all political contributions truly voluntary

    - Prohibiting contractors from contributing to politicians who approve their contracts

  • Thomas Heuer posted at 5:08 pm on Sat, Oct 27, 2012.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1672

    Proposition 32 is a power grab and a effort by select corporations to place themselves in an enviable position of being able to have sole access to voter influence. Anything sponsered by the anti-union tea party is an attack on working families. The Jarvis group is not much better.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:02 pm on Sat, Oct 27, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin, the teachers union is running commercials stating big oil and corporations are funding this... yet they are being out spent 5-1 by the teacher's funds...seems to me if big business was behind the yes vote, that the unions would be out spent easily....

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 2:41 pm on Sat, Oct 27, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Yeah - I thought so.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:10 am on Sat, Oct 27, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    May I point to my first two paragraphs which you apparently overlooked in your rush to disparage.

    So sad.

    Yes, "an occasional activist" has spent 22 MILLION dollars of his family's fortune just because he likes to. It would be naive for anyone to think that Mr. Munger is not a front for a whole bunch of others who wish to promote this proposition.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:47 am on Sat, Oct 27, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated...which makes this letter highly suspect that "Mr. Castro's" letter is NOT what it purports to be.

    Actually, since Ms Bobin failed to refute even one single point of fact in this letter, one could easily conclude that this letter is very accurate and truthful.

    Since the California Teachers Association has already spent over $18 million just by themselves, and since almost no funding to support this bill has come from corporations and big business as claimed by opponents ( most has come from a private source, Charles T. Munger, who is an occasional activist in California ballot proposition politics...Munger is an experimental physicist at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. He has a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 5:56 am on Sat, Oct 27, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Interesting letter for two reasons: "automatic deductions by corporations, unions and government employees' wages to be used for politics,"

    This phrasing implies that these deductions are being made specifically for political purposes, when in fact, union dues is used for a variety of purposes that benefit members, and NOT ONLY for political purposes.

    And one would think that a "member" of the United Steelworkers would know that the union is called "United Steelworkers of America," not "US Steelworkers Union, which makes this letter highly suspect that "Mr. Castro's" letter is NOT what it purports to be.


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