Obama's comments on bin Laden valid
Earlier this month, Mitt Romney "chided" President Barack Obama for what Romney says was inappropriate "politicizing" of the killing of Osama bin Laden when Obama, answering a question, referred to ordering the raid of bin Laden by U.S. Special Forces.
Obama cited bin Laden's death to draw comparison between his administration's leadership and that of his predecessor, President George W. Bush, who instead of vigorously pursuing bin Laden ordered an attack on Iraq -- based on the universally discredited claim Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
That attack led to a war we are still fighting, with no discernible goal but to get out as fast as we reasonably can.
Romney supported John McCain's run for the presidency four years ago. Yes, that's the same McCain who, at every opportunity, voiced the slogan "I was a POW" to every question he was ever asked.
C'mon. President Obama referred to bin Laden in discussing policy. It was valid. The event was remarkable. It shows starkly Obama's action vs. Bush's politicizing stunt.
President Obama did not board an aircraft carrier, don a flight jacket, stand before a huge flag and announce "Mission Accomplished." He answered a question.
Philip A. Encinio
Brown tax increases bad on many levels
The increases are bad on many levels. The sales tax portion of the tax increase is regressive and will impact low-income people to a greater degree than the "wealthy."
The tax increases on the wealthy will accelerate the exodus of the entrepreneurs and moneyed individuals who are responsible for California's high-tech economy. In the long run, taxing the rich has never worked. Individuals and companies are leaving California at an accelerating rate. Those leaving the state have larger incomes than those who replace them. The rich are leaving because they can.
Companies are leaving because they are overtaxed, unfairly regulated and expected to continue to operate under the general hostility directed toward them by state and local public agencies.
Brown says the 74 percent increase in the budget deficit was unexpected. It was not.
We can expect a Greece-like situation here. Insolvency will overtake us unless all individual and corporate taxes are slashed, state government is reduced, out-of-control unions are neutered, and the ever-increasing business regulations are suspended.
The sports news is still news
I didn't want to believe the rumors that newspapers were dying, but I see the writing on the wall.
Back in the days when a reporter only had a telephone to get his story to the editor, he still managed to meet the deadline before the paper was put to bed. Now if an A's or Giants game begins at 7 p.m. or later, forget about reading the game summary in your morning paper. I realize this must have something to do with cutting costs, but is it still news? Nope. If we want news, we must crank up our computers.
Must not stand idle during degradation
With the CSU faculty's decision to strike next fall it seems clear the faculty, as a collective, cares more about the quality of education in the CSU system than do the students. There has been little cohesion among the students.
One of my history professors called my generation the generation of apathy. But I do not agree. It is not our job to hold power and make decisions that affect the collective. However, it is our job to remain fast around moral educational imperatives that we cannot and will not compromise. In our democratic society, the lack of quality education directly relates to the daft political rhetoric that defaces our political arena. The degradation of the education system in California is appalling and we cannot expect monumental change without properly educating our youth.
Heise is a student at Chico State.
Must teach boys about brain injury
Incredible pressure is placed on young men's performance in high school athletics, which can result in irreparable harm. According to Purdue University's two-year study on high school football players' brain injuries, repeated head injury will leave permanent damage even if the player doesn't show any symptoms. Consequences include severe degenerative brain disease, memory loss, depression and loss of motor skills.
Throughout their lives boys are taught to push past pain, which prevents kids from confessing when something is wrong, which can cause damage to their developing brains. Should we allow our sons to be subject to such rigorous training? The body and brain are not meant for that kind of continuous strain, especially not for a sport.