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Letter: Gas price increase shows need for change

Posted: August 20, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 20, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Gasoline prices have skyrocketed again due to the Richmond refinery fire and the lack of refining capacity in California.

As you fill your car at the pump, think about the almost $1 per gallon in taxes you’re paying. Events like the Richmond fire happen. But maintaining high tax rates on the people during such a crisis shouldn’t have to happen.

If the state Legislature or governor cared about we the people, they would temporarily suspend at least the sales tax portion and give an 8.75 percent reduction in prices.

As you who are students pay the rising and outrageous tuitions, consider the salaries and benefits of your professors and administrators. What is wrong with asking a professor to teach an extra class or two per term or bumping class sizes an extra 10-15 percent to keep costs down for students? Far less innovative and more convenient to jack up tuition.

Why does California fail to provide decent primary educations to our children while we spend more per capita on education than any developed country? It’s certainly not being spent on classroom teachers and supplies.

The money pours through the sieve of administrative and bureaucratic waste that has been imposed on our once-great school system by federal and state bureaucrats and technocrats.

American education has not changed much in the past 100 years despite the technologies that are now available to fundamentally change the entire paradigm of student learning.

Why is unemployment among our youth at all-time highs? Maybe they are unprepared for the jobs that are in demand. Or maybe the jobs are killed by the cost of trying to run a business in California with all its wasteful regulations.

Maybe we need more oil refineries than restrictive cap and trade regulations?

It’s time for different political leadership.



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