Best to do nothing

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry boxed themselves in with their own rhetoric, have a political interest in defending their statements and, so, limit their options.

In this unholy Syrian whirlpool -- with chemical at the center and nuclear on the periphery -- it might be best to say and do nothing.

U.S. military action will add bad energy to an already chaotic, violent and unpredictable situation. Players with claimed actionable interest include the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Israel, Iraq, Turkey, Hezbollah, al-Qaida and their offshoots, and multiple Syrian parties and militias.

Hopefully, Congress will block authorization.

The emerging picture of what most likely happened in the gas attack is that it was a desperate/fearful/rogue local Syrian government commander who gave the gas attack order.

Obama is disingenuous on the Syria issue. It's not certain that Bashar al-Assad directly ordered the attack. We don't want to roll the dice and hope they don't come up chemical or nuclear.

The United States should suck energy out of this situation, not add more.

John Irminger

Albany

Ignoring our wishes

Naming the Bay Bridge span after a wheeler-dealer politician with highly questionable ethics is a classic example of our legislators' totally ignoring the wishes of the people who elected them.


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David Ogden

Walnut Creek

Clear that nobody wants Obamacare

In his recent letter, Tony de Grassi cannot imagine how anyone could dislike Obamacare. He needs to look no further than Washington, D.C. Democrats are running from Obamacare as fast as you can say "train wreck."

Democrats gave us Obamacare and, yet, just voted to exempt themselves and their staffs. Staff and career politicians were threatening mutiny after learning of the onerous terms, conditions and costs of the law. They want no part of what they have wrought on the rest of us.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union cut long-standing ties with the AFL-CIO after learning how its members will be financially crushed by Obamacare. Unions supported President Barack Obama on his promise they would be exempt. After he was re-elected, Obama immediately broke his promise.

When this travesty is fully implemented, all Americans will be paying higher premiums, getting less coverage and facing massive layoffs by companies that must downsize or go bankrupt. Treatment for senior citizens will be severely restricted.

Jay Todesco

Concord

Destructive tea party

The acronym for "tea party" really stands for "The End of America!" Their dogmatic, uncompromising, shameless abuse of power will result in a tea party dictatorship (worst-case scenario) or continued Washington stagnation and stalemate (best case).

Isn't it time the intelligent Republicans and Democrats work together to neutralize this group?

M. Danny Levin

Benicia

Miracle for Syria?

In a news conference in London, a reporter asked Secretary of State John Kerry if there was anything Bashar al-Assad could do to avert an American-led attack.

Kerry responded off the cuff: "Sure, he could turn over every bit of his chemical weapons to the international community." It's not clear Kerry planned this, but his remark may lead to a miracle.

Amazingly, this was embraced by Russia and Syria as well as the United Nations, Britain, France and President Barack Obama. It's great to see Obama and Vladimir Putin agree on something.

If it in fact works, Kerry, Obama and Putin should get the Nobel Peace Prize.

Gerald Glendenning

Richmond

Plan is anti-American

Plan Bay Area is an attempt to take away our God-given civil rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Planning should be local, not regional. Regional administrators are not accountable to the people because they are not elected by us.

The bureaucrats pushing Plan Bay Area have proved they are not friends of democracy. They pretend to accept public input but ignore the input that repeatedly and overwhelmingly opposes PBA.

Live free or die.

Steven Scheye

Martinez