Resigning from Republican Party

I laud Reince Priebus for attempting to bring my Republican Party into the 21st century.

Alas, 168 members of the Republican National Committee, chaired by Priebus, ignored all but a diminishing base and voted unanimously against moving the GOP forward.

I've always voted Republican. My son, my parents, my grandparents -- I've been told, our entire family -- voted a straight party ticket since the GOP's founding in 1854. However, the proud family tradition will now be broken.

I'm resigning from the Republican Party immediately and wish my name be removed from all GOP lists.

I shall never vote for a Republican candidate again in any election for any office as long as I live -- no matter how deserving the candidate. I will either refrain from casting a vote or vote for the opposing party candidate.

All five generations of my staunch Republican family members would roll over in their graves if they knew I may vote for a Democrat. My mother may never speak to me again after I tell her about my decision.

An old saw from back home in the hills of Kentucky comes to mind: "You can fix ignorance; there is no cure for stupid."

Doug Snider

Danville

Chevron should help hospital


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What can Chevron do to show it is a good citizen of Richmond and surrounding West Contra Costa County?

It can help save Doctors Medical Center San Pablo, a struggling district hospital serving thousands of patients each year with one of the busiest emergency departments in the East Bay.

After the Chevron fire last year, Doctors Medical Center physicians and other caregivers evaluated hundreds of West County residents who felt they had suffered injury from the fire.

Doctors Medical Center badly needs a financial benefactor now, as Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia knows well. Closure of the hospital and its emergency department would overwhelm other emergency departments and require some county residents to travel unacceptable distances to receive emergency services.

Gioia should ask Chevron to show good will, support its surrounding community, and help save Doctors Medical Center.

Dr. Lorna Cogen

Berkeley

Dr. Cogen is a surgeon at Doctors Medical Center San Pablo.

Good teachers merit support

So, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District has placed an Oak Grove Middle School teacher on leave while an investigation is conducted over a cell phone video of him "tapping" a student on the head with a rolled-up piece of paper.

I guess this must have been deemed to be cruel and unusual punishment. As the kids would say, OMG!

I am truly amazed we can even find teachers who are willing to put up with this idiocy. I don't suppose also putting the cell phone user on leave was even considered.

Today's teachers get virtually no support from the school administration. Everyone at that level is only concerned with covering their own you-know-whats to placate the parents of overindulged brats who run wild, daring anyone to attempt to control them.

When you don't support good teachers, you will only be left with the poor ones.

Michael D. Scott

Walnut Creek

Our taxes are necessary

This is regarding Tammerlin Drummond's column, "Private security not the answer."

It made me ponder whether or not the same people who are hiring their own neighborhood security services also support raising taxes to pay for our struggling police departments, fire protection and the like.

I'm not a wealthy person, but I always vote for taxes and bonds that will help staff agencies that are there to help preserve public safety. I also support taxes for education and infrastructure.

It's kind of sad how on the one hand some people are anti-government and vote to gut government budgets, but at the same time are quick to complain about the lack of police and fire services, the deterioration of our schools, poor roads and an aging BART.

Diane Dickey

Richmond

We're become a country of 'takers'

The present seems to be the only history that exists, as memorialized in the news, with a smattering of a form of history taught in schools.

The percentage of people 40 and younger with knowledge of our country's birth, struggles, values, successes, wars and ultimate prestige is minute.

The U.S. government provides housing, food, medicine and an inane belief in entitlement in any and every aspect of life -- unless, of course, it is adherence to the Second Amendment or that freedom of religion means freedom from religion.

What a difference from when my family came here from Italy! When my mother was told that the "streets were paved with gold" and she saw no gold, she was told by my grandfather that the gold was opportunity. Opportunity to work, prosper and own a home.

A pseudo "benevolent society" created a country of takers.

D.C. Rentz

Walnut Creek