GOP is 'dazed and confused'

Why are Republicans such dipsticks when they strive to be hip?

GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan blandly jokes that Mitt Romney's iPod selections are elevator music and then accepts the "calling of his g-g-generation" by offering AC/DC and Led Zeppelin as his personal A to Z.

Ryan was 3 years old when AC/DC was formed. This nation was two years away from the blessed event of Ryan's birth when Zeppelin hit the charts. Under this tone-deaf calibration, Romney must be listening to Kay Kyser and the Andrews Sisters.

Of course, Ryan also quoted his own daddy: "You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution." Does he realize pop was quoting a quip popularized by Eldridge Cleaver based on a VISTA slogan?

This Republican ticket needs a theme song. I suggest "Dazed and Confused."

Roger Fox

Richmond

Komen does not fund abortions

I just read Mavis Sonnier's letter regarding two ways to examine the Komen Foundation's funding loss.

Her point was that pro-life people should not support Komen because it gives money to Planned Parenthood, which uses some of that money for abortions. That is not the case.

None of Komen's donations to Planned Parenthood are used for abortions. Rather, all Komen funding is exclusively used by Planned Parenthood for breast health care, primarily for women who could not afford such care on their own.

I, too, have stopped supporting Komen, although for the opposite reason than Sonnier. Perhaps Sonnier should look into alternative charities to donate to that support her pro-life beliefs. There are many to choose from that help take care of unwanted children born to women, who for a variety of reasons, are unable to limit how many children they conceive and deliver.

Hillary Swiggett

Alamo

Hercules does not need silly antics

I congratulate reporter Tom Lochner and the Times for bringing to light the shenanigans and petty, childish behavior of Hercules City Councilwoman Myrna de Vera in her quest to be reappointed mayor, or kingmaker thereof.

Like so many Hercules residents, I have lost all the respect I once had for her. Our City Council still has many difficult financial decisions before it and de Vera is wasting time trying to build her political empire at the expense of the city.

With the council facing many hard choices to prevent city bankruptcy, promote revenue growth and preserve our police force, we do not need her silly antics and self-serving behavior anymore.

Christine Kelley

Hercules

'Going purple' for good cause

On Sept. 21 -- Alzheimer's Action Day -- I'll be "going purple" to show support for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

I'll also be honoring the memory of my mother, Edythe Stevenson, who recently died of Alzheimer's. She was an award-winning advertising copywriter -- best known for the iconic commercial "Mikey likes it!"

During her 15-year affliction, this brilliant woman gradually but irrevocably lost the ability to write, read and formulate thoughts. Ultimately Alzheimer's robbed her of the ability to speak and even to swallow. Nothing could be done to slow or stop her decline: Alzheimer's is currently an unpreventable, irreversible and fatal disease.

Worldwide, 36 million people have dementia, and more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia. Please join the global fight against Alzheimer's and spread awareness by wearing purple on Sept. 21.

If you or someone you know needs support, please contact the Alzheimer's Association at 800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org. It was a great resource for my family in caring for our mother.

Karen Stevenson

Alzheimer's Association Advocacy volunteer Berkeley