Selecting plagiarist for DA
was failure by supervisors
The Board of Supervisors failed its constituents Sept.12 by approving a plagiarist — retired judge Diana Becton — as interim district attorney. After former DA Mark Peterson’s crimes, the county needed to restore confidence in that office, instead, we got the “ends justify the means.”
What should have been a laudatory choice, given Becton’s otherwise stellar qualifications, only further sullied an office that in recent years has been marred by complaints of cronyism and political infighting.
Plagiarism is more than a cardinal sin in the journalistic profession, it is a declaration of deceptive intent by falsely presenting another person’s work as one’s own. We trust an one’s words as their own, unless attributed to someone else. When they lie about their words, what else will they lie about?
Becton’s appointment should have signaled that all accused of any crimes will be treated fairly regardless of race, gender or political/social prominence. Now, I cynically fear, the response will be she lied and nothing has changed.
For the record, I am affiliated with none of the applicants.
John L. VanLandingham
Becton is one who
When “people get away with little things, it lowers the standards for everyone,” according to Contra Costa’s new interim D.A. Diana Becton.
Where does plagiarizing multiple times, from multiple sources on an application to be the district attorney fall on her scale? Beyond the outrageous hypocrisy, her plagiarism should have been automatically disqualifying. Instead, the stain of poor leadership and soap opera atmosphere at the D.A.’s office will continue.
I truly feel sorry for the many decent, hard-working employees at the DA’s office. They deserve better.
Amazon can do very
big favor for Detroit
This is regarding Amazon’s second headquarters.
Why doesn’t Amazon do a big favor to a really depressed area like Detroit where scads of buildings are empty, streets are deserted and many are out of work. Help revitalize a community. There are lots of people there who are qualified for the 50,000 proposed jobs.
Cheap real estate, diverse transportation and lots of hungry workers — what more do they really need. And what better way to reawaken and vitalize a depressed city.
Walnut Creek has become
an ugly apartment town
My family and I moved to Walnut Creek in 1989. At that time, Walnut Creek was a charming place to live and shop. Sadly, by 2017, Walnut Creek has become an apartment town. I was shocked driving down California Street recently to witness an ugly, inappropriate, multi-colored monstrosity. All the members of the city’s Planning Commission should be fired and replaced with people who have at least a little taste (and common sense).
Mischaracterization of political
parties by recent letter writer
A Sept. 5 letter writer attributes to the Democratic Party many of the ills of American life. Political parties in America have often changed their names and political philosophies. The Federalist, Whig, Democratic-Republican, Know Nothing, (which is making a resurgence under the current administration — look it up), Democratic and Republican parties have evolved and changed their views from generation to generation. The Democratic and Republican parties of the 1860s are not the Democratic and Republican parties of the 1960s or of 2017.
A more insightful examination is the position of liberal and conservative political camps regarding national issues, whatever party they identify with. Conservatives supported slavery, the Confederate treason, persecution of Native Americans, segregation and oppression of blacks; they opposed the American Revolution, suffrage for women, the 60s Civil Rights Movement and legislation, Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, equal rights for the LGBT community and a humane immigration policy.
Franklin D. Roosevelt is quoted as saying, “A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward.”
Thomas H. Sponsler