Others also should lose their jobs

The recent termination of Superintendent Merrill Grant by the Brentwood Unified School District, while long overdue, is not enough. In fact, the lack of a unanimous vote by the school board proves it was little more than a move to placate the outraged parents of the school district.

Eleven people had knowledge of teacher Dina Holder's abuse of a 5-year-old autistic child and did nothing. Of those, only Grant was terminated and three others were disciplined with the promise that abuse education classes would be given to all teachers. This is outrageous. Their silence was not only against the law, but enabled Holder to continue to be a danger to other children. They should all be terminated as accessories to child abuse.

While I agree with Douglas Adams, the interim superintendent, that we need to move forward as a community, the rest of these people need to be fired, not only for their dereliction of duty in protecting this child but as a message that we don't tolerate child abuse in our community.

Paul H. Radliff

Brentwood

It's been Obama's mess all along

We are not hearing the truth from the Obama administration. I read the recent article about White House tours being canceled because of the sequester.

The only thing wrong with the story is it left out that the tours are staffed by volunteers -- unpaid volunteers.

If we want to cut something, why not start with the $2 million vacation President Barack Obama just took to play golf with Tiger Woods, or the millions of dollars being sent to Mohamed Morsi or the $5 million for new uniforms for the TSA?

But probably the most egregious event was releasing 2,000 criminal illegal immigrants, claiming the sequester was to blame.

Instead, Obama intends to cause the most pain he possibly can through his "sequestergate," and then try to pin it all on the Republicans, when all along this mess was his idea.

Connie Clark Benson

Hayward

Paul defended Constitution

I was inspired by the stand Sen. Rand Paul made in defense of the Constitution. He seems to be one of the few in Washington, D.C., who will defend it.

Rob Sorensen

Newark