Gun-control stats tell different story
I find it interesting that so many pro-gun-control letter writers are proposing more onerous gun laws or cite inaccurate statistics to justify their proposals.
Here are the government statistics that can be found using National Instant Criminal Background Check System (2001-2010) and Department of Justice FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Stats (2001-2010): Murder rates have declined from 5.6 per 100,000 of population in 2001 to 4.8 per 100,000 of population in 2010.
This is a 14 percent decline in the national murder rate. During this period, there has been a 60 percent increase in background checks for firearms purchases.
Simply stated, the media and gun-control narrative is conclusively refuted by the statistical data. It would be better for intelligent people to get their facts straight before making incorrect assertions about gun ownership.
Customers paying for Chevron's mess
So let me see if I got this right. Chevron's incompetence and negligence endangers millions and sends thousands to the hospital.
One would think this incident would be a terrible thing to happen to a corporation. However, as we have already seen, gasoline prices have increased by almost 50 cents per gallon, which will result in increased profits for Chevron
Funny how that works. It's interesting to note that when PG&E, a publicly regulated company, had a pipeline explode in San Bruno, there was a public outcry when PG&E suggested it would raise its rates. The utility was forced to back down and say it would take the hit out of its profits. Chevron, a publicly unregulated company, makes a vast sum of money by making people sick. Go figure.
U.S. can't afford four more years
A letter by John Whalen (Aug. 6) and a commentary by Maureen Dowd (Aug. 7) are by far the most vicious and hateful writings that I have read in your paper.
Mitt Romney is a decent man who has been very successful in his endeavors but is portrayed as a felon, not paying taxes, etc. These are all lies, and they know it. He's rich because he earned it, not because he took it from someone else. These vicious attacks will backfire in the long run. The American people aren't buying it.
Dowd's column is just as mean or worse. As a writer for this newspaper, she should be ashamed.
Every sentence is full of hate and lies. Yes, President Barack Obama, the anointed one, as he is portrayed by the liberal media, went abroad to apologize for America's deeds. That was just the beginning of all his stupid statements. It would take pages to cover it all. Just to name a few: the Solyndra debacle, Fast and Furious, Obamacare, and the list goes on. We cannot afford another four years.
Rising gas prices are really a tax
When gasoline goes from $3.50 to $5 a gallon (depending on the place of purchase) in one month, don't call this a price increase.
Call this gas-price hike what it really is: a new tax.
According to the Times (Aug. 11): "Gas prices zoomed past $4 a gallon Friday (Aug. 10) throughout the Bay Area." The Times added: "A gas station in the Mono County city of Bridgeport was above $5 a gallon."
Like a tax, expensive gasoline takes money out of consumers' pockets. The only difference between higher gasoline prices and higher taxes is that money derived from higher taxes can go for such things as government employees' pensions and health benefits. Or the extra tax money can go to schools that don't educate.
In a time of rising gasoline prices, government should cut taxes.
Gov. Jerry Brown should reverse course and demand that voters reject his November ballot measure that will hike state sales tax and personal income tax.
Consumers already pay too much for necessities like food and fuel. There is no need to expand -- through taxes -- the bloated government of California.
Richard S. Colman