House must pass measure

Dear Editor:

The House must pass the Violence Against Women Act.

It is the second time in the last year a large majority of senators agreed to expand protections to combat domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The bill has wide support by victim advocates' groups and the public.

Unfortunately, the 22 "no" votes were all Republicans. One hopes that upon seeking re-election they will be remembered.

The reauthorization bill offers needed expanded protection for gays, undocumented immigrants and Native American women who suffer from domestic abuse (now not treated equally under the law).

President Obama wants to sign the bill as soon as the House takes action. Let us hope the Republican-led chamber doesn't let the bill die through inaction.

Richard Asadoorian

Antioch

U.S. budget must be reduced

Dear Editor:

The sequester was President Obama's idea -- his way of manufacturing another crisis that he could campaign on (he doesn't lead, he campaigns) -- and denigrate those he disagrees with. Democrats are warning of dire consequences if it comes to be. The news media simply regurgitate their false claims.


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Federal spending in George Bush's last year was $2,982,544,000. In Obama's first year spending jumped to $3,517,677,000, and has stayed between $3.4 and $3.7 trillion. The sequester will cut $82 billion from the budget, or 2.4 percent -- the cut is 12 days of borrowing by the administration.

Or to look at it another way, spending in 2008 was 20.8 percent of GDP (Bush was a big spender. The 40-year average is 18 to 19 percent). Under Obama, spending jumped to 25.2 percent of GDP, and is still at 24.3 percent.

The $830 billion stimulus, we were told, was a one-time spending spree to help the economy. It is still in the budget and is itself devastating the economy. It is immoral, generational theft, to take from our children to spend on ourselves. The numbers are telling -- we have a spending problem, not a tax problem.

Forget the sequester -- cut the budget to the 2008 numbers.

Hal Bray

Brentwood

Our borders must be secure

Dear Editor:

There is very little support for the illegal immigration plan proposed by the "gang of eight" in the U.S. Senate.

However, that being said, the question does bear discussion. Illegal immigration is a serious and persistent problem. It is a definite indication that our southern border with Mexico is as porous as a lace curtain. If illegals can cross with impunity, what does that say about terrorists' ability to enter our country whenever they choose?

Despite President Obama's assurances to the contrary, al-Qaida is alive, growing in strength, and remains a clear and present danger to the security of our nation. In order to combat this, "We the People" must insist that our borders be made completely secure.

Genuine immigrants, who mean us no harm, have legal methods available to them to enter our nation. So, why doesn't our government enforce our existing laws and protect our borders? Could politicians have ulterior motives for maintaining the current situation; e.g., cheap labor for their personal business interests?

Ernest Hampson

Pittsburg

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