Encourages vote for Simmons

As a resident of Walnut Creek for more than 30 years, and a community volunteer for almost all of that time, I strongly encourage all voters in Walnut Creek to get out and vote.

In deciding for whom you will cast your vote, let me suggest the importance of leadership, insight and initiative. Everyone knows that we live in difficult times, and we need leaders who exemplify these core characteristics. Bob Simmons is such a leader.

I have known Bob for many years in both his personal and public service life. He takes the initiative on difficult issues and has the insight to forge solutions and alliances so that those issues can be resolved. He has identified clear and achievable priorities for the city that will strengthen our community and continue the nationally recognized quality of life that we enjoy.

That is why I am voting for Mayor Bob Simmons and I hope you will also.

Rich Carlston

Walnut Creek

Is the media playing dumb?

Sometimes when watching the news on TV, or reading a newspaper, I feel a void, as if something is deliberately left out, or the news is biased.

A barrage of rockets launched from the Gaza Strip on target Israel, whose classrooms packed with small children run, with frightened adults in the neighborhoods, to shelters. Not a word from the media.


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A letter from an American soldier recently seen on the Internet and reported by a journalist covering Afghanistan: "Dad, I am fed up. I can't believe the lack of attention the recent changes this war is receiving from the media and the country. It is as though our troops are being kept from winning. Please contact your Congressman."

I saw not a word in our local paper about this first hand report from one of our young men in harm's way. With the election on the horizon, this should be a front-page story.

Equally distressing: A group of hundreds of patriots came together a few years back in Washington D.C., to see what they could do to bring the country back to our Constitution. The media did not give them the coverage they deserved, and their heroic effort fell through.

The media need to wake up.

Selma Soss

Walnut Creek

'Not honest journalists'

Osama bin Laden is dead. So is Christopher Stevens, our Ambassador to Libya, and three other Americans who were under terrorist attack but deliberately denied military support by the thoroughly incompetent remote-controlled empty-suit the Times just endorsed for re-election.

You are not honest journalists. You are political hacks practicing reverse-racism social engineering to the detriment of the entire country.

B.A. Riggs

Walnut Creek

Bigger cover-up than Watergate?

Instead of wasting your editorial space on endorsing a failed incumbent president, journalism would have been better served by a hard-hitting editorial on the biggest cover-up and lie since Watergate (actually it's bigger).

It is amazing that given the clear facts of how our president sat in his situation room watching in "real time" as his own representative -- a man who speaks for the president -- was terrorized and murdered along with three other brave men and lifted not one finger to aid them when he could attend a fundraiser less than 24 hours later, then lie for months about the reasons, that your "news organization" would not devote a single word about it in the same issue you so proudly "endorse" him.

Space does not allow me to detail the myriad ways the American economy has barely survived the failed economic policies of the community-organizer-in-chief, but I would encourage a real news organization to look deeper into the numbers it professes as basis for endorsements.

Journalism is dead and the Times' "endorsement" means nothing.

Christopher "Tree" Murrell

Walnut Creek