Sentence too lenient in pig abuse case

I was shocked to read about the harassment of a pig at the Alameda County Fair by three young men.

They were very fortunate to receive such a mild rebuke for their conduct. They should have received stronger sentencing, including fines.

Animals shouldn't be included in the lineup of entertainment and shows at county fairs, where they're vulnerable to abuse. Who knows what other kinds of abuse goes on unreported at these fairs.

It's shocking these men would think it all right to enter the barn and abuse an innocent animal. I didn't read any sign of remorse on the part of these drunks, just their good luck at getting off so lightly.

Jean Rose

Richmond

Headline worthy of a good laugh

To the Times, I want to thank you for brightening my morning with a good laugh reading your Sept. 7 headline, "Obama vows path to a 'better place.' "

Seriously ... you nailed it! That's where our sick cat went.

Marcy Terry

Moraga

Desalination much better than tunnels

Gov. Jerry Brown's tunnel is not the solution to California's water problem. It does not increase the water supply; it merely moves it.

The aircraft carrier on which I returned from World War II provided plenty of tasty desalinated water for all the crew and passengers to drink. Since that time, the process has improved immeasurably.

Desalination plants placed along the coast could provide a never-ending supply for both drinking and farming. Such plants should be an enticement to investors because the returns are ensured by supply and demand.

  • The water could be piped to wherever needed and stored in reservoirs.

  • It would put many people to work in a difficult time and keep some working in maintenance.

  • Over the years, the cost would end up much the same as the tunnel.

  • It could supply water to replenish our shrinking aquifers.

  • Most of our current river problems, north and south, would be solved because we would not be stealing water from them.

  • Since the supply would be constant, it might possibly be a solution to bickering about who gets water when. The oceans are there. The technology is available. Why are we waiting?

    Betty and Willis Shotwell

    Martinez

    Why didn't Bush get bin Laden?

    If I were to respond to Mike Chihutski's letter of Aug. 3, I would need several 175-word letters to answer the questions he poses. So I'll settle on the last two.

    George W. Bush, when asked why he didn't get Osama bin Laden, answered "he'd forgotten about him." Dick Cheney attempted to state that it was the Bush administration's intelligence that finally got him. Why then didn't they do it?

    Chihutski also states, "in November, it will be time to vote to derail the Obama express. I'll do my part."

    Luckily he lives in a state were the Legislature and governor aren't passing laws to disenfranchise voters.

    At least 12 Republican-controlled states have instituted laws to suppress rights guaranteed by the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Diminished voting by older/younger people and minorities could tip it toward Mitt Romney. How about in Democrat-controlled states we declare Republicans not qualified to vote? I'd do my part, and vote for that.

    Frank Nugent

    Pittsburg

    Move forward or repeat failure

    I thought in America we live in a country of freedom. Really? The Constitution says Americans have the right to vote, not a privilege to vote. Shame on the Pennsylvania Supreme Courts for upholding the state's voter identification rules. This ruling needs to be profoundly protested. It's been proved that Pennsylvania hasn't had fraudulent voting. The tea party and Republicans in Congress will never accept a black man as our president, get over it!

    America is a melting pot. It shouldn't matter what color or religion a person who is running for the most important job of a country as long he or she is for the people and their country and not for egos and greed.

    Citizens, you must watch your political stations on TV and carefully listen because you do have a choice. We either lean forward or go back to what didn't work. Remember you have the power to choose in November.

    Lucy Ramsey

    Walnut Creek