States making error in not teaching cursive

I heard in the news how school children in 36 states will no longer be taught cursive writing.

It saddens me that they will not only be denied a basic human form of communication but that they will also be unable to read copies of original handwritten texts, such as the following.

The Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

The Constitution: "... and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity" and "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied."

The Bill of Rights: "... shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech."

The Gettysburg Address: "... that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

About 72 million people in the United States earn an income of $25,000 or less yearly. According to a 2010 Commerce Department report, people in this bracket tend not to have Internet access or a computer at home.

If they don't know how to write, how are they going to communicate without being face-to-face or on the telephone?

Jack da Silva

Pinole

Karkoc a victim of the Nazi hunters

I'm responding to an article in the Times, "Former Nazi living in U.S."

The current victim of the so-called Nazi hunters at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, 94-year-old Michael Karkoc, was a Ukrainian who, along with tens of thousands of other Ukrainians, chose to help the Germans free their country from the Bolsheviks.

During World War II, the United States was an ally of the greatest mass murderers of the 20th century, the Bolsheviks. By 1939, they had murdered 20 million of their own people to purge Russia of Christianity and Western civilization. It's understandable Karkoc chose to ally himself with the Germans, among whose goals it was to rid Europe of the evil of Bolshevism.

Karkoc is accused of not being totally truthful in his immigration papers. That's understandable; he knew of the deportations and certain death for anyone who had opposed "Uncle Joe" Stalin.

Instead of swallowing Wiesenthal's lies, Americans should be paying attention to the war crimes of our own country: blind support of the Israelis; supporting and arming terrorists in Syria; and sanctions against Iran and any other country that doesn't bow down to the New World Order enforcement arm -- the United States.

William Hubbell

Walnut Creek

Prop. 8 ruling damages the initiative process

Regardless of one's political leanings, the manner of resolution of Proposition 8 has seriously undermined the rule of law and our rights through the initiative process in California.

Our governor and attorney general take an oath of office. It includes: "I ... do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of California; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter."

It does not include the caveat of supporting only the parts of the constitution one likes, or confers constitutionality-determining powers. That is for the courts.

Our elected officials abdicated their responsibility, and did so in a manner that seriously undermined the position the people have in the initiative process in California.

Mark Strauch

Livermore

Raising rates after disaster is disgusting

One silver lining in this country is that in the aftermath of a local natural or man-made disaster, people will pull together to help each other.

After the plane crash at SFO, however, some corporate groups displayed all the humanity of a common looter. Unfortunately, this isn't new. That is why laws throughout the country already prohibit retailers from jacking up prices of supplies preceding an expected disaster and in its aftermath.

Certain hotels in proximity of SFO have demonstrated the need for such regulation to become applicable to their industry.

KTVU news reported on the day after the crash that, according to the Millbrae Patch, hotel rates increased from the previous week: Best Western from $180 to $400; Travel Lodge from $89 to $329; Budget from $75 to $200; Super 8 from $100 to $180.

John Thurston

Hayward