Paul's defended Constitution

I was inspired by the stand Sen. Rand Paul made in defense of the Constitution. He seems to be one of the few in Washington, D.C., who will defend it.

Rob Sorensen

Newark

It's been Obama's mess all along

We are not hearing the truth from the Obama administration. I read the recent article about White House tours being canceled because of the sequester.

The only thing wrong with the story is it left out that the tours are staffed by volunteers -- unpaid volunteers.

If we want to cut something, why not start with the $2 million vacation President Barack Obama just took to play golf with Tiger Woods, or the millions of dollars being sent to Mohamed Morsi or the $5 million for new uniforms for the TSA?

But probably the most egregious event was releasing 2,000 criminal illegal immigrants, claiming the sequester was to blame. Instead, Obama intends to cause the most pain he possibly can through his "sequestergate," and then try to pin it all on the Republicans, when all along this mess was his idea.

Connie Clark Benson

Hayward

Upset with coverage on front page

I was really upset with the Feb. 27 front page, glaring big-letter headline "Taking aim at ammo" -- the last in bigger, red letters -- and the other by-the-way, small-lettered, "Two officers killed" headline.

Of course, it was more important that more than half the front page was used for review of all the past year's mayhem, complete with pictures. But only spare a few, scrawny inches to the two Santa Cruz officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. The rest of the reporting was buried in the back pages of the paper.

Officers Loren Butch Baker and Elizabeth Butler deserved more than that.

I'm gratified that Santa Cruz and its people are stepping forward to honor them with their special memorial tribute of flowers and candles, and the Thursday services.

With a heavy heart, I offer condolences to the officers' families and to the Santa Cruz Police Department.

Janet Whitaker

Fremont