Stop burning oil, coal in America
Burning oil and coal for fuel is un-American.
It didn't used to be that way. When kerosene replaced whale oil to light the lamps in our parlors; when coal replaced wood to heat our homes; or when the internal-combustion engine replaced the horse and buggy -- burning oil wasn't un-American.
Burning petrochemicals for fuel was innovative and efficient -- that's what made it American.
Today, you'll find more innovative and efficient ways to create energy for heat, light and transportation. Sunlight is just one of the ways.
People who think switching our energy base to solar will remove the need for oil are just as wrong as those who want to keep on burning it.
One of the most important construction materials on the planet is made from oil -- plastic. And plastic is used to build just about everything these days. From your toaster to your telephone to your truck -- everything uses plastic. After oil is gone, we won't be able to make any more plastic.
This is why burning oil today is un-American, This is why we've got to stop burning oil now. Can you imagine running the starship Enterprise on gasoline? Can you imagine building the starship Enterprise without plastic?
Europe's security focus is all wrong
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Perhaps they should concern themselves with right-wing extremists who thrive on anti-Muslim propaganda like this.
Support nominees by giving to charities
I am appalled -- and saddened -- by the huge amount of election money that is currently being spent, much of it on unpleasant negative advertisements or high-priced banquets for the few. So here's an idea:
Major contenders could identify special causes dear to their hearts and request donations to be sent directly to these concerns. Donors would feel their money was going to help problems our country is facing, such as housing, poverty, health care and education, and each candidate would get credit and publicity for these money-raising efforts.
Encouraging supporters to send money to a charity in the name of the party or candidate -- or for themselves to give a full day helping in a thrift shop or laboring with Habitat for Humanity -- would enable candidates to relate more realistically with the needs of the ordinary voter, as well as helping the economy, more than a stump speech before an invited audience could ever do.
Think of how much good there would be to show for the money at the end -- and the donor could claim charitable tax relief, as well as supporting his party and his chosen charity.
Better chemical policy needed
I applaud the FDA for the right action of banning use of BPA in baby bottles, though delayed by four years since the first warning in 2008.
Americans are still being exposed to BPA every day since it is present everywhere, like in food cans, beverage bottles, receipts, car parts and sports equipment. People are drinking toxins in soup and soda, but they can only avoid it if they start living away from civilization.
BPA is also a toxic chemical for animals, and research studies have linked it to a higher risk of cancer, hyperactivity, heart disease, diabetes and obesity, to name a few. It doesn't take much common sense to know that it should be avoided.
If BPA is not good for babies, it is not good for older children or pregnant moms. Government has the legitimate responsibility to protect the public's health. The FDA should ban its use from all food packaging and will probably do so one day.
Then again, will a BPA ban safeguard Americans or will we be exposed to some other unknown chemical? Americans deserve a better chemical policy, where it should be up to the profit-making food industry to prove its products safe before they are allowed to play with our health.
Sukhminder Khurana, M.D.
No matter who wins, we lose
Hmm, now let's see ... who should I vote for?
Should it be the "All-Time Job Creator" (in China) Mitt (I don't got to show you no stinkin' taxes) Romney or the mutable Nobel Peace Prize recipient Barack (Drone 'Em All) Obama?
OK, here goes: Heads, they win; tails, I lose.
Sutter using misleading ads
I am a registered nurse at Sutter/Eden and am disturbed at its ads attempting to mislead the public during contract negotiations with its nurses.
Sutter/Eden's recent ad stated that RNs make $84,000 a year in retirement, so the public will infer that all Sutter/Eden RNs retire with an $84,000 annual salary.
I've been an employee of Eden for 25 years and have yet to meet a unit or floor nurse who earns $84,000 a year upon retirement.
Maybe the ad is referring to Sutter/Eden's RN/vice president of patient care services who, according to the California Nurses Association, makes $343,879 a year ($165.32 per hour). Retirement benefits for RNs pale in comparison to the salary of Eden's CEO, who makes $925,371 a year ($444.88/hour); or that of Sutter's CEO, whose salary is $4.7 million/year ($2,260 an hour).
While I don't have a problem with anyone earning whatever they can, it certainly appears that Sutter's administrators are using misleading ads to gather public support for their demands to cut patient care services and to cut pay for RNs, who provide bedside care and advocacy for patients, then using the money from those cuts to increase their retirement.
Actions were evil at Penn State
The shocking Joe Paterno scandal at Penn State should teach us all a lesson: The powerful forces of money and worship of football -- which causes thousands of serious physical injuries to our youths and adults -- are not to be overcome easily.
But, hurrah, there will finally be some justice for the victims, although very belated.
The Freeh report called it "shocking." Isn't there a stronger word for it -- such as "evil"?
Brown blackmails state's taxpayers
So, Gov. Jerry Brown threatens California voters with a 20 percent increase in University of California tuition if we don't vote for his tax increase.
As a UC parent, I find his threat disgusting and reprehensible.
Cancel high-speed rail, cut spending across the board and significantly reform the state's pension and health care benefits programs. No tax increase should go before the voters until these steps are taken. The UC pension system also needs to be reformed.
Typical California Democrat response to a problem: Increased taxes will fix everything. This state's leadership is pathetic and embarrassing!