Some things must be universal for us

Some things are universal in human nature and shouldn't be considered only as ethnic or gender issues. For instance, everyone wants their children to do well. This isn't an ethnic or gender issue.

As for taxes, everyone benefits from lower taxes. At best, taxes are a form of governmental confiscation. Some women argue that lower taxes would result in allowing women to stay home to raise children because of increased income. As President Ronald Reagan said, less government means more freedom.

Another universal in human nature is the desire of most to improve their own communities. With teamwork of all kinds, people working together in preventing social evils are alleviating catastrophes by mitigating their effects beforehand is a win-win situation for all. For instance, the social evil of the use of marijuana is illegal because it is not harmless.

Further, if the heavily populated eastern states hit by Superstorm Sandy had developed teamwork and had not been complacent, aid would have come more quickly and damage lessened.

Another universal is celebrating the defense of this great nation by honoring our fallen brothers and sisters. Freedom is not free.

Stanley J. Grogan

Pinole

Will regret defeat of Measure Q

Well, the whiners of this county got their wish and defeated Measure Q, which could have saved countless lives and property.

I wrote a letter to the Times before the election expressing my opinion on this issue. And still people did not understand that our firefighters do what no one else will do.

Police and ambulance personnel cannot extract people from major car accidents. Seldom will they rescue people in difficult, life-threating emergencies; not because they don't want to, but because they're not trained, nor equipped, nor dressed to do those tasks.

The sweetest sound you can hear in a crisis is the siren on our fire trucks coming to help you or a loved one, such as happened recently when my wife fell and broke her ankle.

We have given all that up for refusing a tax hike that will eventually come up for something else some politician will dream up.

Nice going, people who voted no on Measure Q. You will be sorry someday.

Bill March

Concord

Sour grapes or toxic grapes?

Here we go with sour grapes -- or should I say toxic grapes?

In a recent Times article by Lisa Vorderbrueggen, Clayton Councilman Howard Geller, a self-professed staunch Republican, complains that progressive voters want handouts.

Well, I personally know Republicans in Clayton who enjoy many of the programs offered by the federal government.

My only consolation for that type of complainers is that all sour grapes shrivel up to be wrinkled sour raisins that no one likes.

Lutz M. Keller

Concord

His shoe collection is wasteful extravagance

Why is an article such as "Sole Man" newsworthy, especially first-page newsworthy?

The fact that a wealthy, spoiled athlete owns more than 1,500 pairs of high-priced sneakers should not even be a story worth printing in our local paper.

When I see how people struggle just to get by, including members of my own family, this kind of extravagance sickens me.

Joyce Vermette

Pinole

Birth mother has no business in spotlight

Regarding the recent article about 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's birth mother:

What is the paper trying to accomplish here? At this time in his life, it should be about Colin Kaepernick -- a young man on the road to NFL success and fame. Now his birth mother gets a top-of-the-fold headline regarding her regrets and her needs?

I worked in the field of adoption for many years. "Good" birth mothers put their children's needs first, not their own self-serving, "I'd-be-interested-in-getting-a-chance-to-see-him" whine. I'm disappointed the paper would give this woman so much time and attention.

I'm sorry, Colin, you shouldn't need to deal with this now, especially in public. Don't let her compromise who you are and your sense of self.

Susan Murphy

Oakland