Benghazi shows two who aren't fit to lead nation

The Benghazi Affair presented a real test of the Obama administration to cope with an emergency situation, and it decidedly failed with resulting disasters. Primarily, the situation exhibited the failure of Obama as Commander-in- Chief and of Hillary as Commander-in-Chief in waiting. As I recall, Obama decided at the time to campaign in Las Vegas, the only talent in which he excels. That dereliction of duty speaks volumes. I am not aware of any excuse Hillary might have.

Neither Obama nor Hillary have shown, in this case, that either is presidential material. (Romney was a good example of what presidential material looks like!). How unfortunate we are. It also follows that the Democrat Party is not capable of acting for the benefit of the country rather than for politics. We voters must do our part in contributing to a better United States with thoughtful voting this year and in 2016.

Frank J. Murar

Danville

Facts trump Obama's play of race card

In a recent New Yorker magazine interview, Obama blames racism for his dismal approval rating.

It can't be the fact that he lied about us being able to keep our health care provider and doctor. Or that he promised to cut the deficit in half and instead added $5 trillion to it. Or that he promised a transparent administration and all we see is stonewalling in regards to Fast and Furious, Benghazi, NSA, etc. Or that he punishes his enemies, i.e. Tea Party groups, using the IRS. Or that he fires military generals who disagree with his soft stance against radical Muslims.

Or could it be his Arab spring foreign policy is a disaster (see Syria, Greece, Iran and Iraq)? Or could it that his economic policy is nonexistent (91 million people out of work who want to work)? His immigration plan is nothing but a ploy to register illegals as Democrats. He wages a war on the private business sector while expanding the federal government.

His goal is to redistribute any and all wealth, like the socialist dictator he wants to be. Yes, his lowest approval rating ever must have something to do with his race.

Mark Marcotte

Danville

Dismantling old bridge sad but necessary

After reading Anne Auburn's letter in the Jan. 14 edition I was compelled to remind everyone the reason the new span was built was for safety.

While I agree with her that not only is the new span an impressive and beautiful piece of architecture, the old span is also impressive, especially considering when it was built. Unfortunately, structures do have a lifetime, and for the safety of the public, as well as for budgetary reasons, sometimes need to be torn down. The cost of making it safe for foot traffic and street fairs and insuring it, would far surpass any revenue that would be created.

Kristen Trujillo

Danville

Ends justify the means for Seahawks

Your recent column by one of your sports writers, saying we should forgive the Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman because he came from a disadvantaged neighborhood doesn't hold water.

He has a degree in communications from Stanford. I'm sure they taught him when to showboat and when to shut up. Maybe the problem is the scent of impropriety brought by Pete Carroll to the Seahawks. Carroll left USC with a boatload of NCAA violations. He apparently has the philosophy to win at any cost. The Seahawks were the most penalized team this year. The Wall Street Journal recently had an article indicating their philosophy on pass interference (do it since the refs won't see most of them). Harbaugh apparently realized Carroll's USC "envelope pushing" when Jim was at Stanford because I don't believe he liked Pete even then.

I must confess I am prejudiced since I have been a 49er fan ever since they started in S.F. and have disliked USC ever since a USC player maliciously twisted the leg of Cal's star running back (when I was a student at Cal many years ago)

H. Tom Nelson

Danville

Pipeline plan to be raw deal for almost all

The single most critical issue linked to global warming that we now face is the northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport tar sands crude oil from Canada to the Gulf coast. This oil is the most environmentally damaging form of petroleum, starting with the vast areas of deforested, polluted landscape where it is extracted. Remarkably, this pipeline would serve foreign markets, would not reduce our energy prices and would accelerate tar sands extraction and global warming. Each year the pipeline would contribute atmospheric CO2 equivalent to 37 million more cars, exacerbating droughts and hastening rising sea levels.

To have any chance of reducing the CO2 level to the 350 ppm needed to prevent the earth's temperature from rising more than 2°C, the Obama administration needs to resoundingly say NO to the pipeline and Big Oil lobby. Climate and energy scientists have done the calculations showing that most of the earth's fossil hydrocarbons need to stay in the earth! Please encourage the president to make this scientifically compelling and politically courageous decision.

Larry H. Thompson

Livermore

Drought may be worse this time around

California is now in another drought period with very little rain falling this winter so far. The reservoirs are very low, and time is running out for them to get replenished.

As we know these occurrences happen quite frequently and normally there is enough water in the reservoirs to tide the state over in regards to farming and daily customer usage. The population is now just short of 40 million people, all who expect to take daily showers, water their lawns and buy all the locally grown vegetables they want.

This time could be different. The state has done very little to prepare for this upcoming event such as more reservoirs, desalinization plants, mandatory usage limits etc. All that I have read about is some lamebrained idea to build some peripheral tunnels around the delta to more effectively use up what little water we have. What needs to be done is ban all unnecessary farming, greatly limit customer usage and build extra facilities to store more water when the rains return, hopefully next year.

Any loss in agriculture is not needed since we still waste about 50 percent of all food products in America today. Also, since many people in America are obese, a little less eating is highly desirable.

David Brusiee

Pleasanton