To change image, Chevron must pay

A recent letter to the editor about Chevron said, "The Times seems to report happenings at Chevron with less-than-favorable articles."

The letter went on to note that Chevron had provided some funding to the West Contra Costa School District for strategic planning.

In light of Chevron's profits, this is a ridiculously puny contribution to our local schools. I would set the bar a bit higher for the multibillion-dollar oil giant making record profits and living in our backyard.

When Richmond schools are ranked the best in the country and families move to Richmond because of our excellent public education system, Chevron will have given back enough to this community.

A proposal by Richmond council members Tom Butt and Jael Myrick, suggesting that Chevron pay full college tuition to anyone graduating from public schools in Richmond, is a step in the right direction.

If Chevron wants to change its image in Richmond, it must become a participating, concerned partner in the community and make financial investments in line with its enormous wealth.

Linda Schaefer

Richmond

Clarifying quoted comments on rape

My comments in the April 21 Times article, "Teen sex culture," deserve further context.

I wholeheartedly believe rape will always be rape -- there are no blurred lines when it comes to sexual assault.


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Unfortunately, sexual assault and sexual exploitation are not being clearly defined for our youths.

The brutality and violence often associated with rape can sometimes cause a person to second-guess whether they were victimized. Young girls (and boys) need to understand they must not allow themselves to be coerced into "giving it up freely."

Coercion is an insidious form of sexual assault, otherwise known as date rape. I've talked to many young girls who truly believe that if a boy takes them out, they are obligated to have sex with them. Girls need to learn that a date is not a sexual obligation.

In no way am I saying that a young female brings rape upon herself through social networking. However, when pictures and posts are out there, they may create a belief she's a willing participant, which may not be the case at all.

Girls need to know they do not have to sexualize themselves to be loved.

Paullette Segovia

Antioch

Miller of IRS was not fired; he resigned

Does the Times have no shame? Obviously not. Does the Times have no honor? Obviously not.

Does the Times know of what it speaks? Obviously not. Is the Times leaning to the left? Leaning! It is almost lying down.

I am referring to a May 17 article, "President appoints new acting IRS chief," in which I read, " ... will replace Steven Miller, who was fired this week."

Please note that Miller was not fired. He resigned. There is a big difference. And he only had about two weeks to go until his assignment was to expire.

The fact is, Miller walks away free as a bird. Miller deserves a long jail term. Also, his I-don't-know answers indicate he might not be smart enough to come in out of the rain. Lock him up.

I know printing that Miller resigned would deprive President Barack Obama -- who does not rate any better on the I-don't-know scale or rambling on and on and never answering the question that was asked -- of claiming credit for making a big, important decision to actually fire someone.

Harold E. Carter

Walnut Creek

Bisa French is commendable

I read the June 3 Times article about Richmond Police Capt. Bisa French with great interest. I had the pleasure of teaching her oldest son, Robert, at Ohlone School in Hercules.

I commend French on her promotion. Although I have no familiarity with her expertise at work, I can vouch for her as a parent. Her son was probably the top student I ever had in 26 years of teaching, and it was apparent French took Robert's schoolwork very seriously.

Robert excelled in all areas of the curriculum, but he was also a leader and a lad with a high moral compass. He was president of the student council and the lead role in two of our annual dramatic productions. I expect Robert will continue his outstanding work at New York University.

Let's hope we continue to read about positive moves made by French. I know the Richmond Police Department has been made better with her presence.

Craig Hammack

Albany

Why we still need good newspapers

Thank you, Times, for two great front-page articles: one on June 2 about Canadian crude coming to Bay Area refineries and one the next day about the reversal of salt intrusion in the Salinas Valley.

Articles like these remind us why we still need good local newspapers with good local reporting. The crude oil story shows how futile it is to stop the development of a vast resource, and the Salinas Valley story shows us that if we put our heads together and use our brains we can create positive results.

Peter Calimeris

Pleasant Hill