Who represents the poor, elderly?

It irks me every time I hear politicians speak about how they will improve the well-being of the middle class.

Whatever happened to "send me your poor and huddled masses"? These politicians are currying favor with middle-class citizens to get their votes. What about the poor and aged citizens? Don't they count? They vote, too.

Thank goodness for the federal judges who stopped some states from creating roadblocks that would have prevented some poor people from voting.

Let's not forget our country became great due to the labor of those poor and huddled masses that migrated here.

What this country needs today are champions like Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez, who risked their lives to further the cause of the poor and downtrodden.

Ralph Nader also influenced the plight of working men and women.

Who will step up to the plate and bat for the apparently unrepresented poor and aged citizens?

Joe R. Guadarrama

Pinole

Appalled by Scouts' position on sexuality

As an Eagle Scout and former scoutmaster, and as the father of an Eagle Scout and former scoutmaster, and as the grandfather of an Eagle Scout, I am appalled that any boy is denied Scouting's highest achievement because of his sexuality.


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The xenophobes who have done this not only should be reprimanded, they should be removed from a position of authority.

And the lad must be given his due.

M. Danny Levin

Benicia

Column lacks common sense

On Oct. 9, the Times published a column by Tom Barnidge, "Scouting's anti-gay posture baffling." He lambasted the Boy Scouts of America for excluding gays.

I would like to make the stance of the Boy Scouts less baffling.

When my son was a Scout, I felt comfortable sending him off to camp with other boys and men. I was not concerned he might be in danger from a homosexual predator such as Penn State ex-coach Jerry Sandusky, whose sentencing for molesting boys occurred the same day the Times ran Barnidge's column.

Barnidge concluded by stating that one thing missing in the Boy Scouts' organizational policy is tolerance.

In my view, the thing that's missing in Barnidge's liberal way of thinking is common sense.

Barnidge might also show a little tolerance of the viewpoint of the vast majority of Scout parents and chartered Scout troops -- and the U.S. Supreme Court -- which uphold the long-standing policy of the Boy Scouts.

Jeff Morris

Brentwood

Proposal for foreign workers is suspect

Our tech industry is often disingenuous concerning American or foreign-educated workers. People good in math and science don't grow on trees. Even the homegrown variety worked long and hard to get high grades in K-12 and AP classes. The course work for these majors is rigorous and a real commitment in college. But technology's mantra seems to be "get more H-1B visas."

I'm in my 60s and married to an engineer, so I've seen this "wrong-mindedness" several times for the same job sector.

Industry wants cheap, qualified workers whom they can dump back home when business turns down. They want kids with the newest ideas that someone else trained. How patriotic is that?

Microsoft lobbies for a plan that both increases the number of foreign-educated, experienced, high-skill workers entering the U.S., and raises employer fees from $1,500 to $10,000 per application. This carrot will be used to boost math and science education in K-12 with about $500 million a year for more STEM teachers and AP classes. It doesn't guarantee they will hire American-educated people. The legislation doesn't hold this industry accountable.

It's suspect when no educator group buy-in is mentioned when support is primarily from information technology and trade groups.

Jan Howe

San Ramon

Situation still needs serious explanation

Surely I'm not the only one who has figured this out? Four people died in the Benghazi attack. One was a U.S. ambassador, one was a computer expert and two were former Navy SEALs. The SEALs were not there as a security force, they were there searching for stockpiles of weapons.

Not one of the men who died was there to provide security for the ambassador and I've heard of no survivors that lived through the attack. So, it seems to me that not only was there not adequate security, but no security whatsoever in one of the most dangerous places on Earth for Westerners.

Why no security and why was Ambassador Stevens even in Benghazi on Sept. 11?

Christopher "Tree" Murrell

Walnut Creek

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