Market simply won't support the Bankhead
The arts and culture groups are gnashing their teeth over audience shortfalls and even bigger money problems.
These folks just aren't looking at the situation in a businesslike manner. Let's say I had put up a five hundred-room hotel in downtown Livermore four years ago. People just didn't want to stay at my nice hotel. The occupancy rate was rarely above 60 percent, which meant that I could not even make my debt payments, let alone make money.
If I proceeded like the LVPAC wanted to do in Livermore, I would add 1,500 more rooms and expand my hotel. Then I could attract even more customers because my hotel is even BIGGER and better. But it didn't work out. My occupancy rate now is barely 30 percent. As a business, I would not have any chance to have city and county governments bail me out. So ... I would just face reality that people do not want to stay in my hotel. I would try to sell it to a bigger fool than I am.
My suggestion to Livermore is to try to get donations to keep afloat. If that doesn't work out, do NOT go to government to get bail out money. I do NOT want a parcel tax or a sales tax increase. Just face the reality that Livermore is not ready or geared to culture and arts in a big enough way.
Sell the Bankhead and the Bothwell to an Indian tribe, and let them open a casino. That will put Livermore on the map in a big way, will boost the Livermore wine business, and may even reduce taxes!
Livermore landlord Pleasanton
Math may be hard but has to be studied
I have just read Irwin Keinon's letter about "algebra." Frankly, I would never expect such a heap of nonsense from a retired teacher. True, life can be made beautiful through English and the arts and through the vast offerings of Western and Asian cultures. I recommend it to every person, including scientists and engineers. In addition to the above, kids do need the discipline of algebra and sciences to train their analytical thinking and to expose them to cause-and-effect relationships.
Part of a marvelous life experience includes the enjoyment of having understood the complex relationships in mathematics and in the physical sciences. Science and mathematics teach us about the working rules of the world. Is this not important to Irwin Keinon? The idea that school should be fun without stress is a horribly harmful misconception. Anything that involves hard work is also stressful. Depriving youngsters of that experience is depriving them of one of the most important aspects of life. We can thank the ideas like Mr. Keinon's for the fact that American kids are nowhere in comparison with the European and Asian kids in mathematics and sciences.
Tell the whole truth on guns, not just parts
If you want to spout statistics from articles that one reads on the Internet or in the news, make sure you include all the information contained therein, especially if one parrots. Allow me: yes, gun-related crimes have decreased by 56 percent. What one fails to mention is that gun-related crime has dropped across the nation as a whole. Other states that allow their citizens to own firearms and carry them on their persons whether concealed or not make the would be perpetrator think twice.
Have you seen the news? The sideshows in Oakland with the police just turning around for "safety" reasons. Yes, why endanger your life doing what you're sworn to do? That's rhetorical. All the shootings on the freeway. In the homes? All over the nation. Let's put other facts along with your statements so they can be well rounded. List all the data regarding "gun control."
Gun laws have only enabled the criminal to rob, murder and harm the public because we are not allowed to defend ourselves from the criminal that did not do a background check and the such to acquire the object used in the commission of that crime. We are made to be the criminal(s).
So please, do spout your opinion -- I am. But do include all the facts. Have you not looked at history? We are the same people with the same fears, wants, desires and hopes. There will always be those who want to take that. There's a blurred line between the "Gestapo" and the street criminal. Read between the lines sometimes. It's enlightening.
Memo to Lee: GOP doesn't run California
In response to U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee's editorial on March 9: Eldritch Cleaver, Martin Luther King, Jackie Robinson, Karl Malone, Dr. Ben Carson, Allen West, Princella Smith, Armstrong Williams, Angela Mcglowan, Condoleezza Rice, Lyn Swan, Don King, Jimmy Walker, Michael Steele. Colin Powell, Ward Connerly, Alan Keys, Richard Parsons and Clarence Thomas, to name a few black Republicans, must at present be wondering how it is that in a state that is more than 90 percent Democrat-led, a Democrat Congress member can blame Republicans for the plight of young black men in Oakland and other cities. I'm confused myself, unless in her editorial Rep. Lee meant white Republicans.
One would think that if someone were as concerned about young black men in Oakland, one would do something about it instead of blame the other guy who has no power to do anything anyway? Isn't it remarkable that one of Obama's biggest fans emulates him in every way; to include blaming someone else for the job they are NOT doing themselves?
Education, which includes learning the difference between right and wrong, begins at home, Rep. Lee. It is the parents' responsibility to guide the children, not the Republican Party's. And thank God it is also not the job of the Democrats.
Lord, do we ever need to clean house this election. Crying "racism" seems to be every one's crutch lately. Why don't you do something!
Michael K. Hurder
Freedom fast becoming rare commodity
It appears that every day I read the paper, watch the TV news or listen to the radio some bans on a legal product or conduct or some tax is being placed on the purchasing consumer. These range from food items, beverages, content, speech and numerous areas of daily activities us people engage in.
All from the federal, state and local level, unelected and elected persons are by fiat instituting laws that "we the people" never voted for or against. Where do they get this power? Neither the U.S. Constitution nor state constitutions grant this type of authority or legislation.
We are banned from consuming certain oils and foods, beverages with sugar, drinking water in plastic bottles, viewing controversial images on the news and films, teaching our children aspects of American history, placing religious symbols on private property, donning the American flag, honoring our veterans, the vehicles we drive and engaging in free speech whether it is spoken or printed.
There is no war on men or women. It appears to be a war on American ideals and freedoms. True freedom involves the individual right to make the right or wrong decisions and to deal with consequences -- good or bad.
The more we allow the government to abridge our private freedoms, the worse it becomes for our individual privacy and choices, civil rights, free speech and the collective interests.