High school graduationsIt seems a shame some parents are unable to hear their child's name called at the time of receiving a diploma due to the riotous behavior of a substantial number of seniors during graduation ceremonies.
Laura's Law must be implementedI'm responding to Candy DeWitt's guest commentary, "We must treat mentally ill before a tragedy strikes." I thank DeWitt for her courageous fight on behalf of families such as ours.
U.S. must do more to address climate changeDonald F. Anthrop does residents of California, the United States, and the world no favors with his confusing June 2 guest commentary, "Uncertainties about climate change many, varied.
Government is too intrusiveWhen will enough be enough? Monitoring phone calls, emails, tweets and all other means of communication without the requisite warrant is not just an invasion of privacy, it is an abuse of power.
Rodeo-Hercules fire chief acted unethicallyRodeo-Hercules/Pinole Fire Chief Charles Hanley has treated Pinole unfairly.Hiring three Pinole firefighters for Rodeo-Hercules -- while he's still fire chief in Pinole -- has left Pinole in a precarious situation.
Just say 'no' to 'blended rail'Californians in 2008 voted for Prop 1A, "The Safe, Reliable High Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century.""Blended rail" -- future high speed rail on Caltrain's tracks -- would be Neither safe Nor reliable.
This is no way to fight a warOur "war" on terrorism has been going on for almost 12 years. We have paid untold billions and sacrificed some of our finest young people in this effort.
Don't blame poor for health crisisAll this outrage over Obamacare spending money on health care for the poor is misplaced.The retiring CEO of United Healthcare, Bill McGuire, got a $1.
Low prices for Chinese goods worth the risk?The Times reported that the California attorney general's office is suing major food retailers for selling lead-tainted foods from Asia, and that some Chinese solar panels are failing just a year or two after installation, due primarily to drastic
Washington is incomprehensibleThe June 3 article, "Republicans going after Holder," corroborates that Washington's activities are beyond comprehension.
To change image, Chevron must payA recent letter to the editor about Chevron said, "The Times seems to report happenings at Chevron with less-than-favorable articles.
Plastic bag ban not a good ideaA statewide plastic bag ban would not be a good thing, especially if the option given is to buy a paper bag (a new store-profit center).
It is not just about feral catsI read your recent article on the trap, neuter and release programs. TNR sounds so humane, warm and fuzzy -- unless you're a songbird, a lizard or a diseased feral.
'Stand-down' orders must be probedWhy are we, as Americans, not up in arms demanding honest answers regarding who gave the two "stand down" orders during the Benghazi attack?
Twin tunnels water proposal will be disasterIn response to Jill Duerig and Beau Goldie's response to your editorial on why the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is not right for the Tri-Valley water district, it's the same story on a big fat NO AGAIN ON TWIN TUNNELS that will divert 50 percent or more of
Moderating climate changeAccording to his May 27 column, Eugene Robinson seems to think President Barack Obama can single-handedly have a positive effect in moderating climate change by directing the Environmental Protection Agency to further clamp down on carbon dioxide and methane emissions.
Chevron must pay if it is to change imageA recent letter to the editor about Chevron said that the paper "seems to report happenings at Chevron with less-than-favorable-articles.
Denying health care only costs us moreThere is much talk about creating fair immigration policy so that millions of people who reside permanently in the United States without "permission" can regain a modicum of basic rights that we have deprived them of.
Soda tax could reduce obesityThe May 28 Times editorial, "California soda tax falls flat," asks "Why hit soda with a sin tax while others get off scot-free?
Superintendent's firing was rash, costlyI'm referring to the May 12 column by Theresa Harrington, "Trustees explain their votes." I wish to respond to Harrington's question asking if we think the Mt.
June 1 letters to the editor
The devil vs. the cyclistsAs they should, Diablo residents have spoken out against cyclists for their flouting of traffic laws as they ride through town.
Letter wrong on solar panelsIn reading a writer's letter (May 19), I realized how important it is for a newspaper to do a modicum of fact-checking when printing letters that purport to be based on facts.
Obama should be impeached over scandalsThere are currently at least three scandals (Benghazi, the IRS and AP files) involving the Obama administration with the highest levels of government claiming to have been "not present.
Remembering those who diedMy flag still waves high and another Memorial Day has passed.I watched the pomp and listened to honors given the men of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard who lost their lives winning the fight over tyranny during World War II.
Global warming is happeningGlobal warming is taking effect and people need to take action to avoid catastrophic change to our environment.Animal, plant and ocean habitats are changing at such a fast rate that many species are struggling to adapt.
The real cost of low-priced goodsNow that corporations are persons, we may determine what type of persons they are.After large cracks were noted in the structure of a building in Bangladesh, shops and a bank closed the next day to protect their workers.
Californians voted for death penaltyOne of your recent editorials, "Accept plea deal from suspect in Aurora shooting," did not report the cost of keeping 730 inmates on death row in California -- at an annual cost of more than $4 billion.
The statistics are highly misleadingA resounding "No!" to California lowering its alcohol threshold for DUI to .05.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 10,000 people die each year in alcohol-related traffic accidents and if all states lowered their blood alcohol content limits to
The firefighters' lawsuit is newsIn the April 19 report by Pinole City Manager Belinda Espinosa, it was disclosed that the Pinole firefighters, through their union, United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Local 1230, was suing the city based on the following allegations: Due to the
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