When we drop our bombs, people die

President Barack Obama should recognize that the words "punish Assad" and "our national security" cannot rationally coexist in the same sentence regarding American foreign policy.

There is no way to Teflon-coat a bombing policy. When you drop bombs, people die indiscriminately, usually in nasty ways. Body parts go flying, blood gets splattered everywhere, children lose their parents and parents lose their children.

When the dust clears, everyone -- everyone -- stands around and says, "It should not have been allowed to happen."

It is better we think about that before -- rather than after -- we do the deed.

Michael Russell

Brentwood

Where is outrage from liberals?

Where's the outrage regarding the death of Christopher Lane in Duncan, Okla., a young white man and college student from Australia gunned down by three teenage boys?

They said they shot Lane because they "were bored." Is everyone silent because Lane was white and two of the assailants are black?

Where were President Obama's words of wisdom, so quickly proclaimed, when Trayvon Martin was killed by a white-Hispanic man? Has Obama asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate this death as a hate crime? If Martin's death is considered a hate crime, isn't Lane's also?


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Doesn't Obama owe Lane's parents and Australia an apology on behalf of the United States? Oklahoma's governor sent her personal condolences to the family. Obama's silence about the outrageous killing of a white man once again proves he's not the president for all Americans.

Robert Stolte's recent letter, "The liberals are the real racists," is correct. It appears Obama, liberals and the NAACP feel only words and actions by white people can be "racist." With that attitude, racism no longer has meaning.

I pray somewhere, somehow, someone will provide a righteous path for all people, regardless of race, color or religion.

Lea Walton

Rodeo

Selective anger over chemical use

Why is this administration making a lot of noise saying chemicals were used against Syrian citizens?

Did our politicians make the same amount of ruckus when white phosphorous was used against Palestinians in Gaza by the Israelis some years ago? Did our politicians say anything when chemical weapons were used against civilians in Bahrain, with the assistance of the Saudi government, which in turn is an ally of the United States?

I knew Barack Obama would not be the ideal president. Is there a way his Nobel Peace Prize can be taken back?

Jaime Cader

Concord

Sentences should have been the same

Recently, two members of the U.S. Army were convicted of committing heinous crimes.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was found guilty of murdering 16 Afghani men, women and children while they slept. Maj. Nidal Hasan was convicted of the murder of 13 co-workers, who had no reason to fear Hasan would turn against them.

Both murderers deserve no mercy. Bales was sentenced to life imprisonment, while Hasan was sentenced to death. Both murderers are members of the military, tried by military judges and jurors, and deserve the same fate.

The different sentences prompt me to ask: Was the same yardstick used in meting out justice for these two killers?

I am not passing moral judgment but simply pondering the outcome of these two cases -- and whether these outcomes are consistent with our Pledge of Allegiance, "with liberty and justice for all."

Balsam Nimr

Pacheco

It's reasonable to require a photo ID

I would like to know why anyone would object to having to produce a photo ID for voting privileges.

In order to drive a car, you must have a driver's license with a photo ID. Passports require photo IDs. As a Kaiser Permanente member, I must show a photo ID for registration and for prescriptions. And many stores require a photo ID when a charge is made.

I can find no reason for not having a photo ID for voting.

Tod E. Nobriga

Brentwood