Californians are simply apathetic

I was surprised to read Mike Harkleroad's Nov. 27 letter regarding the attack on the Benghazi consulate, in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were murdered.

In California it is rare to read or hear anything negative about President Barack Obama and his administration. What I find so disturbing is the apathy and basic knowledge of this terrorist attack.

There were and are so many lies worked, in part, to shield Obama from assuming any responsibility or even culpability.

It doesn't matter to Obama's adoring public that numerous requests for more security from the people on the ground were denied over and over again. It doesn't matter that there had been two prior explosions at the consulate, or that England and the Red Cross had pulled out.

It doesn't matter that Stevens was telling the Obama administration they were concerned about the escalating threat from al-Qaida. It doesn't matter that the Obama administration perpetuated and continued a lie about a demonstration.

Sadly, to most Americans and particularly Californians, it simply doesn't matter.

Deborah Harris

Pinole

Unreasonable talk of impeachment

Mike Harkleroad's Nov. 27 letter, "Impeachment of Obama must begin," indicates why some people need to have their memories restored.

Did Harkleroad forget that President George W. Bush had his entire staff lie to the world about weapons of mass destruction that plunged the United States into two wars that have maimed and killed so many people worldwide?


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If anyone should have been impeached, it's Bush. And let's not forget Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and their deceits.

Most of the rhetoric these days, such as Harkleroad's, must be based on race, because there can't be any other logical reason.

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell stated the the GOP's main goal was to make President Barack Obama a one-term president.

Well, that didn't work, so get over it. I think it's refreshing we have a president who can think and doesn't make rash decisions.

Stuart Shicoff

Martinez

Union plays chicken at bakers' expense

How tragic that the bakers union had to take its game of chicken to the brink with Hostess, a company that was struggling to survive and was finally driven to liquidation because the union wouldn't agree to some cut in benefits to make financial survival possible.

Now 18,000 are out of work, including many Teamsters who were not on strike. Who are the greedy, rich "millionaires" here -- the Hostess officers or the union officers? The ones who suffer the most, naturally, are the workers. Merry Christmas from the bakers union!

Richard Terry

Moraga

An easy solution to Hostess case

There is a solution to solve the issue of the bankruptcy of Hostess Brands, the maker of Twinkies and other bakery delights. The dispute with the union apparently ended with the Hostess folks saying, since we can't resolve the pay/benefits negotiations, we will close the company and sell off the assets.

The solution is easy, since the union believes it knows how much the company can pay: The union should buy the company and run it itself. This would provide the 18,000 jettisoned employees, who paid the unions to look out for their welfare, their jobs back and give the union an opportunity to demonstrate its managerial skills.

It would have to unscramble the inhibiting work rules originally established by the unions, but that would be their problem to solve. An easy solution to a perplexing problem.

Done, problem solved.

Evo Alexandre

Moraga