Using sanctions is a pointless effortEconomic sanctions are symbolic gestures, an expression of national pique, and remarkably useless in changing any government's behavior.
Big Ag does not deserve water bailoutOppose HR 3964, which guts our federal and state environmental laws. This GOP House water bill is a stealth drone aimed at state and local control of a valuable resource.
Anti-male news bias is tiresomeWhy are these articles ALWAYS about women? Why does no one in the mainstream media look at why boys are the ones actually falling behind?
Simple way to solve income inequalityThere's growing concern over the widening gap between the rich and the poor. There exists, however, an obvious solution to this problem.
Applauds faculty for strong stand It's time to applaud the no-confidence vote given to Hercules Middle High School Principal Jennifer Bender by high school faculty in February.
Water a vital part of fracking processCalifornians are unaware that fracking of Central Valley or offshore shale beds has something to do with fresh water and droughts.
Vendetta against the progressivesI think Charles Smith has a vendetta against Richmond progressives. The problems he cited in his letter, "Richmond divided by color and class," are more complicated than he described.
To conserve water, planning is crucialDespite recent rains, most of us are faced with seeking ways to conserve water.Imagine all of us on a lifeboat. Those in front equipped with paddles have a sense of control because they can see what's ahead.
Oil companies not conserving waterWhile we are discussing Gov. Jerry Brown's water conservation plans and worrying how reducing consumption affects us even further, our oil producers are going 90 mph opening up new fracking sites in California.
Bankhead needs a plan to stay openThe Bankhead Theater is a wonderful and very valuable part of Livermore. The vitality of our downtown restaurants and stores reflect the importance of the theater.
Let's bail on high-speed rail, revive I-5Gov. Brown, please do not spend $68 BILLION on this high-speed rail set to fail.Please spend far less money and still put people to work widening Interstate 5 to three or even four lanes while rebuilding it with some asphalt that might last more than a few
'Gun control' is a misleading termA recent Josh Richman article is about Marlene Hoeber, a woman who dislikes "gun control" because she thinks it means preventing her from owning a gun.
Did Pearl Harbor not instruct us?Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's "yes" man, is the wrong person to oversee our military.Cutting back to what our military was before World War II is stupid.
Richmond public housing fiascoI have been a Richmond resident for more than four decades, and I can't think of anything more disgusting than the news story in the Times about the Richmond Housing Authority.
Strengthen laws on child abuseArticles and editorials about child abuse in our schools concluded not enough has been done in grades K-12 to keep children safe from predatory adults.
Possible future of Safeway is scaryThis paper's Feb. 20 report on the possible sale of Safeway to a private equity firm lacked crucial context.As journalist Matt Taibbi has documented, these companies can thrive even when the companies they acquire die.
Hypocrisy on race relations never-endingRegarding "There's A Chilling Effect In the Melting Pot" about Steve Kopff's being labeled as a "gentrifier" in his new Oakland neighborhood, I was stunned to read about his uphill attempt to make a difference in a low-income neighborhood.
Speeders and tailgaters major problem in zoneThis letter concerns a construction zone on a stretch of San Ramon Valley Boulevard in Danville. There's some house, as well as freeway (Interstate 680), construction going on around this zone, and a speed limit sign is posted in both directions that
Richmond divided by color and classRegardless of all the talk about a city renaissance, Richmond remains corrupt.City Manager Bill Lindsay lives in Walnut Creek.
Our rights under a direct assaultThe recent Supreme Court ruling that permits government spying on U.S. citizens through the NSA brings us another step further into being a police state.
Marijuana as bad for you as tobaccoI would like to commend both individuals and municipalities in Contra Costa County who recognize smoking as a health issue and are taking steps to curtail this activity.
Rationing of water is not the solutionMandatory water rationing is a futile act that merely postpones the inevitable: no water!Without a practical and workable plan to increase available water supplies, no amount of rationing will achieve anything of value.
Fire district story is same tired songI suspect thousands of my fellow readers countywide will join me in asking that the incessant coverage of the dispute between the Moraga-Orinda Fire District and the firefighters' union be curtailed.
More dogs should be on leashesRecently, while on horseback at Mount Diablo, I was attacked by a pit bull that was off-leash. The vicious attack on my horse resulted in my being bucked off and luckily receiving only minor injuries.
Celebrate the diversity of views, tooA certain "reverend" has used this forum (Jan. 23) to accuse me of perpetrating myths and attacking, mocking, demeaning and insulting his religious beliefs.
Hypersensitivity to racial issuesI don't think the administration of Carondelet High has anything to apologize for with regard to their well-intentioned effort to celebrate Black History Month with a menu of fried chicken, cornbread and watermelon.
Not surprised by sexual assaultsIt's not really surprising that a recent report found sexual assault to be at epidemic levels at our nation's colleges.
We must consider the consequencesRaising minimum wages to $10.10 is a 39.3 percent increase from the current $7.25.President Barack Obama will shortly decree the increase is to be part of all federal contracts, bypassing Congress.
San Pablo schools treated unfairly Every school in the West Contra Costa school district was reimbursed for having cops on campus, except for San Pablo.
Tobacco is the most dangerous drugI agree with CVS's decision to stop selling tobacco products.Tobacco is the most dangerous drug worldwide, and daily cigarette smokers are drug addicts.
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