We are all worthy of respect

So, President Barack Obama won fairly and squarely.

Some upset Times readers, as especially evident in the Times Nov. 10 Talk Back, seem to assume half of the nation is sick, foolish, deluded, lack all intelligence, won't work for a living, believe in government Santa Claus, and want to steal the wealth and guns of those who do work, think, and produce absolutely everything.

If this thinking wasn't so pathetic, it would be painful.

Some of your readers believe those who disagree with them aren't simply mistaken, but mentally ill traitors and children.

William F. Buckley, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan would be ashamed of this philosophy. And if you don't know who they are, you should be ashamed.

We are either all Americans and worthy of respect, or we are nothing. I fear for my country.

Michael Steinberg

Berkeley

Let's see what happens now

Let me get this right. The majority of Californians voted to increase taxes on the rich as well as to a sales-tax increase to offset the state's budget deficit.

So, Gov. Jerry Brown and the two-thirds supermajority of state legislators have no excuse to not pass a balanced budget on time for once. They also have no excuse for overspending in the next seven years.


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Gov. Brown and the Democrats have no excuse to not rein in out-of-control pensions with true pension reform. Also, there will not be any revenue shortfalls due to the high-speed train, nor the water diversion plan to steal water from the upper Sacramento River.

I am also looking forward to Brown and the Democrats to hold the line against any pleas from constituent groups to increase social services spending. Oh, one more thing. The state debt should really shrink under their leadership. (A balanced budget meets its debt obligations.)

We will be watching.

Doug Fastabend

Discovery Bay