Net neutrality rights, wrongs

The Times' May 18 editorial addressed the net neutrality debate and the need for the rules. Also published was a May 25 op-ed by Kevin Terpstra calling for an overhaul of communications laws. The editorial was spot on; Terpstra missed the mark and got significant facts wrong.

You're right that ensuring equal access to the Internet is essential for consumer welfare. Terpstra is wrong that the Communications Act needs an overall because it's outdated. Just as the principles of the Sherman Antitrust Act, adopted in 1890, are still valid today regardless of the technologies involved, the Communications Act's concept of common carriage is relevant today, too. Terpstra is wrong that the Act makes no mention of wireless carriers -- it does; they are called "Commercial Mobile Radio Service" providers.

You correctly see the handwriting on the wall with Tom Wheeler as Chairman of the FCC: net neutrality dead. To prevent this, President Obama must remove Wheeler as chairman. It he doesn't, what you foresee will come to pass. Netizens must speak up now.

James P. Tuthill

Lafayette UC Berkeley's School of Law

How crazy can this situation get?

What about the Moraga School District scandal costing "taxpayers" $14 million now owed to two sex crime student victims? The settlement was reportedly the largest ever of its kind.

That's in addition to two other victims that received $4.6 million last year in legal settlements. What about all the additional legal, bureaucratic and other expenses?


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The victims were reportedly relieved at the settlement, but indicated "we remain appalled at the callous and reprehensible behaviors of all the school official and administrators involved ..."

Was justice served when the culprit subsequently kills himself while the "enablers" get off basically scot-free?

The time has come, the walrus said, for parents and local communities to take back control of their schools.

The bogus rationalization was that "payment will not affect the district's general fund as its insurance company will foot the bill."

Anyone that believes this is hooked on the use of opium and should not be allowed to vote.

Paul W. Van Etten

Walnut Creek

Wrong about Hamas rockets

In his July 18 letter to the Times, Mr. Rick Sterling states that the Hamas rockets landing in Israel are "mostly homemade and impotent." Only a racist vicious Jew hater could make such an absurd statement.

Just look at the pictures posted by Hamas itself as they celebrate the destruction of nursery schools and medical clinics.

Mike Levine

Moraga