Hobby Lobby has rights too

Dear Editor:

On July, 9 Ray Carter expressed his outrage of the Supreme Court's decision to allow Hobby Lobby the right to deny its employees one contraceptive out of 49 based on their religious beliefs. He states that placing religious preferences in the context of U.S. law is unconstitutional based on the separation of church and state. Mr. Carter obviously hasn't read the constitution.

The first amendment states: Congress shall pass no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

Translation: Congress will not pass any law that allows any religious entity from dictating law based on religion ie: Sharia law. In fact, based on the first amendment, I would opine that it is the President and Congress who violated the constitutional right of Hobby Lobby, by trying to force it to supply a medication that aborts babies to employees, in effect prohibiting them from the free excerise of their religious beliefs. This is a privately owned company, not a government agency.

A free copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are available at www.heritage.org

Paul H. Radliff

Brentwood


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PG&E should not be granted rate hikes

Dear Editor:

The public couldn't receive the CPUC announcement regarding PG&E asking for higher rates at a better time. Within the last week there has been at least a half dozen articles in local newspapers pertaining to the ongoing mishaps to PG&E and the CPUC, criminal and ethical violations.

So now PG&E wants the CPUC to rubber stamp their request for money due to the upper management's incompetence and greed.

* PG&E is currently being federally indicted.

* CPUC has a chummy relationship with PG&E.

* Head of CPUC is possibly being terminated.

* There's a hareholder lawsuit against PG&E management for gross incompetence and all the other mishaps that I haven't mentioned.

The question now is who should pay?

Since upper management caused this whole ordeal, ultimately they should be the ones who take 100 percent of the financial hit for their gross incompetence and greed.

Before any issue comes up about PG&E receiving more money from the public, executive compensation needs to be dealt with. When I say compensation I mean anything and everything that management receives from the public utility. Everything should be scrutinized.

Make sure upper management compensation and benefit plans come into play before deciding on any kind of rate increase.

Hopefully the CPUC will grow a little from this ordeal and be a little more autonomous and regulate the way it is supposed to -- for the public's best interest.

I'm sure some common-sense solutions can be thought up.

Paul Johannis

Bay Point

Christianity is misunderstood

Dear Editor:

Burt Bogardus' recent letter was saddening. It's pretty clear he doesn't understand Christianity and Amendment 1 to our Constitution. I'm certainly not the spokesman for Christianity, but maybe I can clarify for him.

Basically, the behavior of all humans earns us a place in hell. This belief's hard to state and hard to take in. Many people calling themselves Christians don't believe it. But God has provided Jesus, who can save us from our fate. There's a lot more to Christianity, but this is basic. The way to heaven is open to every person on earth.

Because Christians know there's a way to heaven, they have compassion for their neighbors and want them to go to heaven, too. Penn Jillette, of Penn and Teller Magicians, and a religious skeptic, once commented, "If you believe I'm going to hell and you know how to prevent it, how much must you hate me if you don't tell me how."

So Christians "proselytize," not out of hate, but love. If one spends his life looking for offenses, one will find them.

Bill Day

Brentwood

Boycott oil companies

Dear Editor:

Let's start boycott of oil companies

A major reason the entire world is at the threshold of a depression is the price of gas.

Gresham's law of supply and demand was once a valid concept. But when oil companies control supply and demand, they can charge whatever they want and there is nothing we can do about that.

There is no viable alternative to gas yet.

Worldwide, airplanes, personal vehicles, manufacturing, and much more, depend on oil. Therefore, oil companies very powerful monopolies.

What can we do? We must boycott one oil company at a time, until they reduce the price of a gallon of gas to no higher than $2.50. Government is impotent.

In California, we the people should start with boycotting Shell, the most expensive gasoline in our local area, until they are hurting as much as we are. Then, we move onto the other major oil companies.

It's our time to act. No one else is going to do a darn thing.

Mario Flores

Pittsburg

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