Prop. 8 ruling merits changes in vocabulary

The judges have made their ruling on Prop. 8, so some new words will now be needed. Words that say what they mean and mean what they say. "Marriage", "husband", "wife" do not fit all situations. The following quotes from this paper, "his husband" and "I now pronounce you wife and wife," do not fit the definition of the words.

Perhaps "union," "spouse and spousette," "dude and dudette" would be acceptable.

Along with this new wording, two additional legal documents will need to be printed incorporating the new words. There are plenty of bright minds out there, so surely someone can come up with words to fit the comfort zone and also be explanatory.

Mavis Jamison

Dublin

Snowden looks pretty good compared to Wall Street

The world's attention is on Edward Snowden, the leaker -- or whistle-blower -- of our spy agency's vast surveillance program. He told the world what most of us already knew or at least suspected: our phone calls and emails might be monitored. Still, our president, members of Congress and many Americans are outraged and want to see him put behind bars. Why? Because he jeopardized our "national security."

Accepting this argument, why hasn't Washington gone with equal fervor after the Wall Street guys whose recklessness caused a worldwide economic meltdown five years ago? Talk about "national security" -- these gangsters really did major damage! Remember Angelo Mozilo, of Countrywide; Jimmy Caine, of Bear Stearns; Richard Fuld, of Lehman Brothers or Fabrice Tourre, of Goldman Sachs?

Mr. Snowden should be last in the line leading to court and jail -- I want to see these gangsters behind bars first. If we are being told that they haven't broken any laws, then we, the public, should ask why our elected representatives adjust the laws to make it perfectly legal to sell high-risky mortgages as AAA-rated. Compared to Wall Street criminals and their corrupt accomplices in Congress, Mr. Snowden doesn't really seem like such a villain!

Patrick Weidhaas

Dublin

Should the few be able to hold many hostage?

Public employee unions often have the power to bring important public facilities to a complete halt. This is generally much different from unions in the private sector, where there are usually alternative products and services.

This gives the public employee unions a big advantage, a cartel-like power to disrupt public order, enabling them to exact generous settlements during wage and benefit negotiations, or (is this an acceptable alternative?) they can shut down the system, one where there are no alternatives, as in the private sector.

Should a public employee union, representing perhaps 2,000 workers, have the power to disrupt the public safety and order of millions? Which is more important, good public order or the right of public employees to strike? It's one or the other, not both. I'm still waiting for some of our courageous elected officials to wade in on this issue.

John Griffin

Alamo

Zimmerman should have let self be attacked

I am sickened by the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Florida. I don't care if he even really was attacked.

Armed with a gun, he provoked an altercation that he felt confident he would win no matter what happened. Well, the worst happened, a young man is dead, and George Zimmerman is walking free of his wrongdoing. When my boys were small, I had dreamed of taking them to Florida when they were teenagers. No longer. I will never visit Florida with my family. There are 49 other states where I would rather spend my tourist dollars.

Janet Brazelton

San Ramon

We thought that race didn't matter anymore

I'm amazed at the race-focused comments recently made by politicians, including the president and Attorney General Holder, regarding the jury verdict in the George Zimmerman case in Florida.

Apparently, these politicians don't even remember or agree with Dr. Martin Luther King's exhortation that people should be judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. Many courthouses in the United States and around the world display the well-known Lady Justice statue, often showing a blind-folded woman holding scales. I think this is the standard our court system should be held to -- judging cases based solely on the facts of each case and not with reference to the sex, race, education, wealth, etc. of the defendant, plaintiff or victim.

It is interesting to look back and compare this with the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles where he was acquitted of multiple murder charges -- where was the outpouring of concern for the victim in that case? Can you say, "hypocritical?"

If the president and other politicians imagine that "race relations" will be improved by their race-based comments, I'm afraid that exactly the opposite effect is likely to occur.

John and Sandra Heller

Danville

Is paper saying Obama's favor can be bought?

I found your editorial, Sunday, 7/14/2013, "Obama must lead debate on disclosure," nothing short of shocking. The very first paragraph states that "Silicon Valley" has backed President Obama with "votes and dollars," and therefore, according to BANG, he owes Silicon Valley his support. It seems BANG is suggesting that the president's favor can be bought!

Diana Gregory

Danville

America needs a clear plan for its tech future

American progress in technological fields has no parallel in history. However, the political arena in America has not kept pace with it.

From a technological perspective, there is a solution to every problem; from a political perspective, there is a problem to every solution.

The citizens cannot draw full benefits from technological progress unless the political system is brought in sync with technological progress. Disconnected progress in the two arenas can be harmful to the citizens.

Based on a certain ideology, the American government has remained the product of the time it was created in. Now the challenge of the changing times demands that the government must also be goal-oriented to create the most desired future for the nation. The leadership must own the responsibility for the nation's future.

Unless there is a vision, direction and pursuit of the desired future, people can perish by their own untamed progress. If we do not know where we want to go then every road goes there. Not knowing what we want in the future cannot create the desired future. The desired future is not a gift of God. It is the expected result of the efforts exerted in the present.

America has the best talent to delineate the desired future through "Generative Scenario Methodology" but has never deployed it. Congress must act now.

T.S. Khanna

Alamo