Reporters must give readers the facts
This is regarding the July 20 Times article titled, "Suicide attack linked to Iran."
News is needful, so is information. Speculation, especially political propaganda masquerading as news, is not.
Almost everything in that front-page headline story was speculation based on anonymous quotes from unauthorized spokespersons. The facts of the bombing were news, but the only real facts about the bomber were buried in the last paragraph on page 9, " ... investigators had more questions than answers."
The preceding four paragraphs describe what is suspected: a man carrying a backpack, with a fake Michigan driver's license for ID. And the unanswered questions: Who he was, how he came in and traveled around, where he stayed, did he survive the bombing?
The nine preceding paragraphs were quotes from anonymous sources claiming to know everything except the specifics, but blaming Hezbollah and Iran.
Please leave the conspiracy theories to those of us who write letters to the editor. Ask your reporters to give facts.
Highest rate of gun ownership
Your recent Talk Back question asked should we change our gun laws? Sure, let's not have any.
Let's allow everyone to police the commons. Like George Zimmerman, we'll all be well-trained
Funny, we already have the highest rate of gun ownership in the world (Yemen is second, but their rate is only half ours), yet roughly 100,000 Americans are killed or wounded each year.
Not enough carnage for you? Let's arm everyone!
Voices of reason in Richmond
Recent discord on the Richmond City Council stems from the Richmond Progressive Alliance members who support Mayor Gayle McLaughlin's divisive agenda for the city of Richmond -- an agenda that pushes "sustainability" and "green" businesses to the detriment of the public at large.
El Sobrante residents are constantly under the threat of annexation by Richmond, and our planning and zoning decisions are overseen by a Richmond resident. From viewing live broadcasts of council meetings, I'm convinced that Councilmen Nat Bates and Corky Booze are the sole voices of reason and sanity on the council. In my opinion, the problems stem from McLaughlin's attempts to quash free speech by Bates and Booze. RPA Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles has displayed a total lack of professionalism by constantly baiting Booze and Bates and with her outbursts calling Booze "evil" and "ignorant." Her smirking diatribes are easily found on YouTube.
RPA members seem to think they can solve international problems with proclamations in support of Palestine and ridiculous attempts to solve obesity by taxing the poorest members of the public.
I can only hope that Richmond voters use common sense in November. I support the re-election of Nat Bates as well as City Council candidate Mike Ali.
Keep Mitt's hand out of my pocket
"Mitt" was so named because he had his hand out when he was born and he has had it out ever since. Raised as a privileged person who had everything handed to him, Mitt Romney carried this over to his business career with Bain Capital.
He was and is a "taker," getting his without consideration of what he did to others. He cleaned out the coffers bankrupting companies, sent jobs overseas while putting American employees out of work.
He claims to be so patriotic, so American, but he managed to dodge the draft. Now he talks of war with Iran. This, of course, would be profitable for his and his friends' companies.
However, if there is a war you may be sure none of his sons will be in it. Things like that are for "you people." How dare "you people" ask for more disclosure and tax returns. All he is asking for is to be your president.
As president, he will assure you he will take care of the 2 percent and "you people" the 98 percent will just have to make more sacrifices. You can be sure he will have his "Mitt" in your pocket.
Leone gesture is not exactly magnanimous
How generous of Concord Mayor Ron Leone to offer the benefits of his lifetime health care from the Mt. Diablo Health District to cancer victims, if he is elected in 2014. He is currently covered under the city of Concord's health care plan. What he fails to mention is that if he is elected again in 2014, he will qualify for lifetime health care from the city of Concord after serving only 5 years in a part-time position on the City Council.
Nice political move, but thanks for nothing mayor. Local taxpayers will still be footing the bill for his lifetime health care, if he is elected in 2014.