Federal budget deal is a complete farceYour Dec. 13 editorial, "Deal on fed budget offers a decent start," provides a thought-provoking but deceptive perspective.
Spare the Air days are nonsensicalAs I understand this spare-the-air nonsense, when atmospheric conditions are such that our normally moderate Bay Area winter weather turns frigid cold with subfreezing temperatures, we aren't allowed to warm our homes with free heat from fireplaces or wood stoves.
Obamaniacs march onward like lemmingsThe mindless gullibility of people snookered by the UNaffordable Care Act ("Obamacare") is splendidly displayed by a Nov.
Questions linger about Prop. 13, lottery revenuesHow many now own the homes they owned 35 years ago? (Many of these are retired or close to retirement).
Tea party displays reckless behaviorIn his Dec. 10 letter, Michael Arata described his odd world, where liberalism equates to Marxism, and referenced "President Barack Obama and his gang of marauders.
President must focus on the U.S.The most unsatisfactory area of President Barack Obama's job performance is his allowing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to drag on far too long.
Won't Obamacare save the center?The Times Dec. 2 editorial predicts the impending financial demise of Doctors Medical Center, upon which West Contra Costa's neediest patients depend.
Medical center crucial to areaWhether we know it as Brookside Hospital, Doctors Hospital or Doctors Medical Center, the hospital has provided West Contra County residents with an accessible health-care facility both in terms of geography and the provision of critical services such as cancer,
Not satisfied with his performanceLet me count the ways.Benghazi's security and administration cover-up. Operation Fast and Furious illegal gun running to Mexico and subsequent murders with those guns.
Obstruction made president look badWho to blame, the leader or the followers? The president advocates and Congress legislates. There are problems needing solutions and proposals to address them.
Berkeley smoking ban goes too farThe recent Berkeley ordinance to prohibit smoking in dwellings with multiple apartments goes too far.The science of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke is not as well founded as that of, say, global climate change due to greenhouse gas emission.
Smarter plan for high-speed rail construction"I've been working on the railroad, retired with 30 years.High-speed rail could be successful, though not as yours appears.
Country to go broke on social benefit costsOK, everybody likes "free stuff." Nevertheless, adults don't let children eat candy all day because they want to, and you cannot spend money that you do not have because we want to either.
Mandela a light for democracy in AfricaWith the death of Nelson Mandela, sub-Saharan Africa lost its greatest leader of modern time.Like Abraham Lincoln, he emancipated a people, and after the conflict and transition, advocated reconciliation rather than revenge.
Power is driving force in politicsRecent changes of U.S. Senate rules by the Democratic Party majority, allowing a filibuster to be stopped with a 51 percent majority vote, is yet another indication that power is the overriding interest of both major political parties.
The real problems with ObamacareThe Obamacare website is the least bad aspect of the law.This problem can be circumvented by dealing directly with the available providers.
Hypocrisy is at heart of the tea party Tea party and House Republican legislators constantly are harping about the amount of money the government spends.
Judge right about high-speed rail The 2008 voter pamphlet required securing federal, private, and local public matching funds before construction of the high-speed rail.
Plenty of blame for Newtown tragedyA recent report on the Newtown, Conn., massacre cited James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University, saying Nancy Lanza can't be blamed for the actions of her son, Adam.
The truth about Common CoreThe real reason California does not want the results of Common Core testing published? Because in states where the test was administered, scores dropped by 30-50 percent.
Animal-cruelty case horrifyingI have been following the case of Todd Powers, the Walnut Creek man charged with fatally stabbing his family dog, and am horrified by its disposition.
Specious attack on animal rightsPaul Popenoe in his letter, "Humans are meat eaters by nature," says People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is a "quasireligous cult" and that "animal rights is dogma based on the anthropomorphic idea that animals are little human begins .
Stop apologizing for the ACA siteI'm tired of President Barack Obama mewling "mea culpa" about the health care website.He should say to those states having problems signing up, "You were supposed to design your own website.
BART becoming a useless dinosaurThe BART board did the right thing in not approving a flawed contract. However, they did the wrong thing on the items they did approve.
Stop the attacks on gun ownershipI strongly disagree with the Nov. 19 letter by Claire Baker, "Too many tragic gun accidents." The story she quoted was not an "accident," but an unfortunate, intentional misuse of a gun by a suicidal individual.
Church's plan would change neighborhoodIn response to Ron Kuhlmann's letter to the editor titled, "Opposition to church proposal isn't consistent," perhaps the Presbyterian church did not antagonize its neighbors.
Heed emphatic 'periods' with much cautionRecently, there was an article in the Tri-Valley Times about the negotiations the United States and other countries are having with Iran regarding Iran's nuclear program.
Must curb power of the big donorsI appreciate the Times Nov. 20 editorial, "Big campaign money flowing to both parties."It states what many of us believe -- that campaigns relying on big money is no way to run a political system.
Time to ponder some real factsI would like to address Pete Laurence's letter, "Tea party folks are being vilified." Laurence feels the press vilifies the tea party, which is trying to save us from President Barack Obama.
Told many stories about ObamacareI find it ironic that Republicans are saying President Barack Obama purposely lied about Obamacare. Maybe so, but a look at the fact-check sites shows that when it comes to lying about Obamacare, Republicans take the trophy.
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