One's listening should extend beyond NPR

In her April 17 gushing unabashed panegyric to National Public Radio, columnist Penny Warner typifies the Bay Area's doctrinaire leftist mindset that zeros in on everything liberal to the exclusion of anything that is of even minutely conservative bent.

NPR is so intrinsically steeped in spewing liberal dogma in virtually every word that emanates from the mouths of all its jump-through-the-hoops broadcasters and commentators that the objective listener wonders if NPR is aware that incisively intelligent opposite viewpoints exist or is deathly afraid of presenting them.

Warner writes that rotating comedians like Paula Poundstone, Tom Bodett and Mo Rocca "answer questions about current events, politics and world issues." It seems Warner's idea of getting 'news" is to listen to comedians -- incredible. Warner would do well to listen to stations broadcasting legitimately serious news and commentary by such keen minds as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Bryan Sussman, Michael Savage and other perspicacious observers of current events and happenings. But then that might give Warner a different perspective. Hey, can't have that, can we?

Lanny Middings

San Ramon

Piece welcome departure from the usual stuff

Regarding the recent guest commentary "Plant-based diet leads helps fuel top performance," thank you for a refreshing article by Raiders lineman David Carter. Can we have articles like this more often instead of the monotonous writings of Pitt, Sowell, Cepeda & company?

Rick Luciano

Danville

Setting record straight on Vietnam flights

Columnist Tom Barnidge's Vietnam column has errors.

  • The majority of troops on planes to Vietnam were NOT draftees. Thirty percent were.

  • The average age was around 22, not 18.

  • The statement "they did not want to be there" is false. Seventy percent were volunteers.

  • Danang was 100 miles from the DMZ, not next to it.

  • The claim that there were bullet holes in the bellies of the Flying Tigers passenger jets is preposterous. I never heard of a civilian passenger jet flying in or out of Vietnam during the war getting hit by enemy fire.

  • Whether there were cheers on the plane going home depended upon whether the captain made a "left Vietnam airspace" announcement. There was no announcement nor were there cheers on my flight.

  • Barnidge's source says she "saw some return in casts and bandages, others who had lost limbs." Not likely. Guys in casts and bandages and amputees went home in medical military aircraft with medical staff. Planes like Barnidge's stewardess flew on only took the healthy home.

  • Barnidge's source says flying U.S. military personnel to and from Vietnam in civilian airliners profoundly affected flight crews. I was struck by the banality of it and the contrast between the World War II troopships my father took to war -- through German U-boat waters -- and our civilian airliner.

    Barnidge's stewardess depicts those flights as melodramatic, poignant events of a lifetime. But to us actual vets, those flights were jarringly mundane.

    John T. Reed

    Alamo West Point class of 1968 Vietnam 1969-'70 via Flying Tiger airliner

    Clippers fans can flex muscle at ticket booths

    There's an old saying about our democratic government: we get the government we deserve, and we deserve the government we get. Let's consider that for a moment in determining the just outcome of the L.A. Clippers owner's alleged comments about race.

    With a little support from the NBA, the fans and advertisers of the Clippers have absolute control over the outcome of this matter. If the NBA can, for cause, exclude any team from league revenue sharing (if they are unable to do so they should correct that immediately) and Clipper fans choose to register their outrage by refusing to buy tickets or products from manufacturers providing advertising revenue to the Clippers, this matter can be corrected in a heartbeat. No bloodshed, no court battles, no sweat. If the fans act alone, the advertisers, the NBA and the owner will get the message.

    The Clippers fans, advertisers and the NBA get the team owner they deserve, and they deserve the team owner they get.

    James Moore

    Danville

    A suggestion for the 49ers' new facilities

    Regarding the recent front-page article about the ongoing criminal element on the 49ers roster, "Have the 49ers gone rogue?" perhaps the organization should consider for their new stadium a holding cell adjacent to the locker room. And as to staffing, perhaps add a bail bondsman to the 49er payroll.

    Bill Allman

    Danville

    Run a security clearance check on Mr. Obama

    There apparently is a serious flaw in our country's security and it comes at the highest level.

    Applicants for high-security positions such as nuclear weapon engineering or many other Department of Defense secret projects are given a thorough background investigation by the FBI before employment to bar security risks. Yet we have a president who has access to our innermost secrets (such as nuclear missile launch codes, etc.), but who could not pass a security check if he were to apply for a high-security position as a civilian.

    Obama has a highly checkered past consisting of a Communist mother and grandparents, Communist mentors as a child, having attended Muslim schooling as a child in Indonesia, having befriended anti-American characters such as Jeremiah Wright and others. What else? In my view, these are enough grounds for a rejection as a high-security risk.

    The solution, give the presidential candidates the same security check and approval that I received before being accepted for a high-security job.

    Frank J. Murar

    Danville

    Elect Baker to Assembly's District 16 seat

    Those of you who live in Assembly District 16 need to know this district is the single-best opportunity in the Bay Area for Republicans to break the Democratic supermajority in the Assembly and bring some sensibility to Sacramento.

    This is possible with candidate Catharine Baker. Catharine is THE true Republican candidate. She is the working mother of two children and counsel to local small businesses. One of the Democrats is posing as a Republican and contacting many Republicans to attempt to fool voters. Do not be fooled.

    The Contra Costa/Valley Times recently endorsed Catharine over all three of the Democrats running against Catharine.

    This is no fooling -- Steve Glazer is a Democratic political consultant and has worked for Jerry Brown since Brown ran for governor the FIRST time. Glazer managed Brown's 2010 election and oversaw Brown's 2012 campaign to raise taxes by $6 billion, making California's sales tax the second highest in the nation and income tax rate the highest. Glazer shares the same political consultant as disgraced Leland Yee!

    Vote for Catharine Baker. Help Catharine, spread the word of support for her to as many fellow voters as you can and DO NOT allow yourself to be fooled into voting for a Democrat who can only win with your vote.

    Marilyn Bradley

    San Ramon