U.S. has false sense of independence
With the recent celebration of our country's Declaration of Independence, I propose that the notion of gaining independence in the United States has been taken too far.
Like anything in this world, "just enough" should be the realistic and practical goal. More and more of what was needed once will become too much.
In our case, striving for more (or too much) independence is playing out with some citizens desiring to amass enormous wealth and power under the illusory notion that these bring them greater independence. But it is control, not independence, that it brings.
Wielding control over one's fellow beings and environment requires that one bear the burden of acting out of a consideration for the interests of all concerned. This responsibility, however, is all too often being ignored in the name of "freedom" and with a false sense of independence.
The remedy for this misery-inducing attitude and behavior is to recognize our innate interdependence and oneness.
Obama has secured the borders better
Recently you published a letter from a "tea party" fanatic accusing the president of not securing our borders, but the writer showed a dismal contempt for real facts. Anyone with a computer can go to the ICE site and look at the records
In five minutes, I found out that President George W. Bush deported 1.57 million undocumented immigrants in his eight years in office, an average of less than 200,000 a year, and, in four years, President Barack Obama has deported almost as many: an average of 400,000 a year.
So the Democrat is twice as good as the Republican was at "securing our borders."
These ex-Republicans are trying to rewrite history. They voted for Bush not once but twice, and they just can't face how wrong they were. By constantly ranting about Obama (and never mentioning W's name) they hope that people will forget the damage their party did to this once-great country, and blame all our problems on the new guy. Good luck with that.
We hope awareness is Penn State legacy
Your headline "They Knew" on July 13 was not only a sad commentary on Penn State, it was also cautionary advice to parents, teachers and all those who work with children. We hope your headline will alert our communities about the repercussions that will likely recur if we do not educate ourselves on how to identify, talk openly and report suspected child abuse.
Child abuse and neglect are 100 percent preventable. One of the most important steps to prevention is our mandated reporting law.
California was the first state to enact mandated reporting laws. These laws protect children from abuse and neglect at the hands of those who should be protecting them. For many years, the Child Abuse Prevention Council has provided, free of charge, mandated reporter training to teachers, coaches and all those who work with children to educate them about their responsibility under California law.
CAPC will continue working to make sure our kids grow up free of child abuse, because it shouldn't hurt to be a kid.
Executive Director The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County
Marriage is not to blame for gap
In "A nation also divided by marriage" (July 15), Jason DeParle says that the United States is becoming a society of family haves and have-nots, with marriage and its rewards ever more confined to the fortunate classes. Please!
It may be, as DeParle states, that those who are married are more fortunate, but the opportunity for marriage and the rewards thereof are not confined to a single class.
To not take advantage of that opportunity is a choice. There are many things causing the gap between classes that are not within the control of the have-nots, but the opportunity for and benefits of marriage are not among them.
Some brilliant folks can be wired wrong
About the event in Colorado, I suggest we look at it as one person losing it all. It could be somewhat similar to someone losing it all and committing suicide. Consider how many people are on Earth, and expect some to lose it all.
Another idea to consider is that very brilliant people are mentally wired strongly and there can be problems with those types of personalties. They probably lack the ability to disregard an idea or forget things. They probably lack emotional ability to accept many possibilities. They think in terms of yes or no.