Just how dumb does Chevron think we are?

Chevron ran a full-page advertisement in this paper Wednesday, stating its commitment to operating the refinery safely and earning the community's trust.

The week before, Chevron announced it would not upgrade equipment at the refinery, nor significantly lower emissions levels. Chevron will continue to use 35-year-old technology and will continue to expose refinery workers and Richmond residents to the danger of airborne pollutants and the increased risk of explosions and fires that go along with old equipment and corroding pipes.

How dumb does it think we are? Does it think an ad in the paper will convince the people of Richmond that it cares?

I hope the new City Council members, elected with the help of Chevron, will hold the corporation accountable.

Deborah Bayer

Richmond

Mallard Fillmore is not funny

Have to agree with the Nov. 13 letter from Jon Barrilleaux about the Mallard Fillmore comic strip.

It is not funny, and should probably be listed under "bad political editorials." Now give us back Get Fuzzy.

Barbara Allcox

Pinole

Thomas Sowell tells the truth

I wouldn't be surprised to find out that most people don't appreciate Thomas Sowell's column.

After all, most people today don't want to hear the truth. Either that, or they lack the mental capacity to truly understand his profundity and interpret the bigger picture of social, political and economic issues.

I agree there is a lot of banter out there about various issues in society, but at least Sowell presents truthful facts to substantiate his arguments, unlike most "politically correct" writers. Unfortunately, such one-stage thinkers are quickly taking over society.

Sowell is the best part of the editorial page, and I look forward to reading his column every Friday.

Julie Traverso

Antioch

Readers need to see both sides

As I read the Times on Nov. 13, I was appalled that Jon Barrilleaux had the nerve to say the paper should stop "subjecting us" to the comic strip Mallard Fillmore.

I really think it amazing that the left, no doubt including Barrilleaux, think the First Amendment applies only to the left and not all Americans. We all need to see and hear both sides.

I am part of "the good people of the East Bay" and Mallard Fillmore brings a smile to my face every time I read the comics.

Carl Politis

Concord

Double standard on speaking Spanish

This is regarding Hall of Hope (Oct. 27) about Kennedy High's low test scores and a loss of more than a half-million dollars in Quality Education Investment grant. The article stated that 56 percent of the student body is Hispanic and half cannot speak English fluently (and probably are never required to do so).

Once, I had to go to Richmond High. I was surprised and saddened to hear so many Hispanic students speaking only Spanish. How out of place the black students must have felt.

At the Highland Elementary School office, long ago, I complained that the office personnel spoke Spanish to a young student. "That's the language she feels most comfortable speaking," I was told.

While on a field trip at the same school, one parent volunteer spoke only Spanish to her kids even though she and her kids spoke English. I attended middle school in San Francisco. There were Chinese and Japanese students who spoke only English while they were at school.

I'm not a racist, I am just tired of the double standards of going to a store and an employee telling me, "I don't speak English." What is school for?

Judith Oneal

Richmond

The GOP must see the light this time

We all have to compromise to handle our budgets. Folks are always talking about cutting spending, which every family does when times get tough. But the price of utilities, food and health care keep going up, even if you turn the thermostat down, take shorter showers and cook cheaper foods.

The time comes when you have to ask the boss, whom you helped get rich, to share the profits and give you a raise so you can live a decent life and pay off your debts. The cost of living always goes up and so the paycheck must as well. It is time to fix the roof that is leaking, and the car that is worn out needs to be replaced.

This calls for raising new revenue and asking the rich boss to share in the wealth and not just with his shareholders. It is time to repair the infrastructure and ask the wealthy to pay their fair share.

Hope the House Republicans see the light this time.

Norma J. Neto

Fremont