Time to take back our neighborhoods

We recently held our first Neighborhood Watch meeting. It was well attended, and members of the Antioch Police watch staff were in attendance.

Our area has been hit with a series of car thefts, gasoline siphoning, home break-ins, etc. It is high time to take back our neighborhoods and send a strong message to these sick individuals that we are mad as hell and won't take it any more!

I urge other citizens to follow suit. The city has the resources and it must use them.

Richard Asadoorian

Antioch

We need panel to focus on climate change

There could not be a better time to tackle any ambiguities about the existence, the cause and the solutions to climate change.

President Barack Obama could, with the help of Michael Bloomberg, Chris Christie, Al Gore, leaders of the fossil and renewable fuel industry, leading scientists, and activists, create a bipartisan "grand jury on climate change."

Findings and conclusions reached could offer all parties a guide to what needs to be done and how fast it needs to be done.

Steven Birnbaum

Richmond

Real truth behind first Thanksgiving

On Nov. 22, the majority of Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. They will be with other families at home.

Many people believe that the first Thanksgiving started several centuries ago in New England between American Indians and white settlers. Some said that there was harmony between both of these people and that they sat down together for a feast.

Here is the real truth: When the white settlers arrived on these shores, many of them were suffering from starvation and some suffered fatally from illnesses.

American Indians, such as Tisquantum and Samoset, fed and nourished them back to health. Massasoit taught the settlers how to plant corn in the fields.

What was the reward that American Indians get from the white settlers for healing them? A combination of both colonization and genocide, as well as the taking of the land. These tragic incidents explain what the first Thanksgiving was really about.

Billy Trice Jr.

Oakland

Some of the letters just sour grapes

I feel compelled to respond to the sour grapes letters submitted by Dave Morris and Ray Green of Nov. 10.

Their comments insult a vast majority of the diverse (and intelligent, I might add) citizens who populate our nation. I, along with many, took full responsibility for keeping informed on both presidential candidates and all issues discussed. Resources were plentiful in print media, television and online. Therefore, I feel no shame for my selection of Barack Obama -- nor am I a fool.

Then, sandwiched between these letters was one from Don Crook who espoused the most preposterous proposals for the anticipated doom of our country now that we intelligent, unfoolish people have chosen our candidate.

Really, who's the fool now? Mitt Romney lost because he was not savvy enough to appeal to the broad base that was necessary to get him elected, forgetting the effect that nonwhites, women, and Latinos had. Rather foolish, don't you think?

Lois Kary

Bay Point

You can't censor entertainment

I found the letter from Jon Barrilleaux in the Nov. 13 Times of some interest regarding the comic strip "Mallard Fillmore." This is not a comic strip I have followed up until now.

I thank Barrilleaux for calling it to my attention. I thought the strip was amusing. I look forward to the one tomorrow. I think there were other folks years ago who thought they should censor entertainment they did not enjoy. Hitler, Stalin, and many of our communist and Middle-Eastern adversaries around the world today have done the exact same thing!

Surely, just because you are unhappy, Barrilleaux, does this mean everyone should be denied the opportunity to make a choice?

I think that if "Mallard Fillmore" bothers Barrilleaux, he should not read it and that he should expand his mind with the rest of the educational comic page.

Gordon A. Schmidt

Walnut Creek

Hoodlum wasn't even worth the space

Why did you choose, on Veterans Day no less, to devote the top section of "Local News," along with a large portion of the following page, to an article about a worthless hoodlum?

Your article about Vincent Jones was a waste of space, as was Jones himself. We will never know for sure all the terrible crimes he committed, but we will know that he contributed nothing to making Richmond a better place to live.

Rather than including a sensational article about a gangster, why not include an article about someone who has overcome the odds and bettered the city of Richmond?

Michael A. Herr

Walnut Creek