Not about race, it's about policies

Late in November, I called for President Barack Obama to be impeached for lying to America about the death of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. Two readers responded directly to my letter. To Mr. Locher of Richmond, facts are stubborn things and history will prove George W. Bush did not lie about Iraqi WMDs, but I do understand the left's fixation on Bush.

To Mr. Shicoff of Martinez, whom I do not know, essentially called me a racist for daring to challenge the chosen one. I don't object to Obama's race. I object to Obama because of his radical Marxist ideology (which fails every time it is tried) that he is working to impose upon America. We can see it take form in fast and furious, Obamacare, the welfare state and the choking regulatory climate for business.

We also know he is going after the Second Amendment. So when Obama finally trashes the Constitution and the second American revolution begins, what side will these gentlemen be on? I think we know.

Mike Harkleroad

San Ramon

Manufacture of guns profitable

Why is it the first part of the Second Amendment -- the rationale for owning guns -- is never mentioned by those hating gun regulations?

The complete amendment reads: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."


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I always thought our Army, Navy and Air Force protected us just fine; we haven't used militias for a long time.

Could it be the biggest reason for "bearing arms" is to enrich the gun manufacturers, who, in turn, spend money to make us believe we need guns to save our country?

Perhaps the NRA's secret version of the amendment is: "A well-oiled gun industry being necessary to the immense profitability of the gun manufacturers, to funding the NRA, and for buying off many legislators. The right of the people to buy, keep, and shoot guns, especially guns that spit out zillions of bullets, shall not be infringed."

Robert Zanker

Concord

Editorial was naive, at best

I do not pretend to know the best way to replace Gary Bell on the Richmond City Council, but the Times' request, in its Jan. 25 editorial, that "Chevron exercise restraint ... for the sake of community harmony" in a special election seems too naive to be honest or too stupid to be sincere.

I have lived in Richmond for 20 years and the awesome spending on advertising for Bell and Councilman Nat Bates (including the billboards that blocked out as much of the sky as that toxic cloud on Aug. 6), along with the blizzard of hit pieces on Eduardo Martinez and Marilyn Langlois far surpassed, in proportion, the $100 million the Koch brothers mustered for Mitt Romney.

Your undignified and delusional plea to Chevron to self-censor its electoral gas releases, as well as the degrading suggestion the council is taking advantage of a tragedy, could make a cynic wonder.

Roger Fox

Richmond

Beware, FDA may approve GE salmon

Consumers beware! The stage is set for the Food and Drug Administration to approve the first ever genetically engineered animal, AquaBounty's GE salmon, for human consumption.

GE salmon will appear in supermarkets and restaurants without being labeled. AquaBounty claims GE salmon is safe to eat based on a study of only six GE fish. Yet, without rigorous, long-term and independent studies, the consumers will be lab rats again.

GE salmon will devastate our ocean environment and threaten to make our wild salmon extinct. Furthermore, this will open the flood gate for more genetically engineered animals as food.

Join the San Francisco rally to tell the FDA "No GE salmon" on Feb. 9 at the Ferry Building. Learn more at facebook.com/GMOFreeWorldGDA.

Cana Chin

Albany

Closing 'Dome' a misguided plan

The misguided plan to close the CineArts "Dome" theater, instead of a modest remodeling of the site, will significantly reduce the quality of life in our community.

It will force many of us to spend at least one night a week having dinner and seeing a movie in Berkeley instead of in Pleasant Hill. That will mean loss of revenue and will hurt the reputation of Pleasant Hill as a city worth visiting.

A quick Web search shows we have 46 other sporting good stores within a few miles.

I ask our city leaders to please consider putting cultural gems -- that improve our quality of life -- ahead of unnecessary retail operations that may provide a few more dollars in government coffers to help pay for extra city employees.

A theater that shows intelligent movies for an audience which is often older adults, is better for our community than more sneakers.

Deborah C. Donovan

Pleasant Hill

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