Sanctions needed for publishing photos

I am appalled that photojournalists are allowed to publish inappropriate, private photos of celebrities from obviously private property locations. There must be curbs placed to protect celebrities from these types of intrusions.

Public displays of inappropriate conduct are fair game. In this case, I would hope that all the media who published these photos would be sanctioned in the strongest way possible.

In this new age of news available 24/7, is the public better served by this type of journalism? I hope not.

Roger McCluney

Hayward

Debt has continued to grow for years

Although our country's debt has basically existed since its inception, national deficits over the past 10 years have essentially grown exponentially but can be easily explained: We spend more than we take in.

During President Harry Truman's administration, the debt as a percent of GDP significantly declined. However, over the years, the amount of debt has steadily increased independent of the maximum tax rate, the highest being 94 percent and the lowest being 28 percent.

Based on 1983 dollars, the highest deficits were under President George W. Bush, although, as we know, President Barack Obama has the highest public debt in the country's history -- $16 trillion.


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Based on this: Why is the country suddenly in a "crisis climax," when we have been building this debt all along (and continue spending), and where were the many senators and representatives (both sides) who have been in office for years when this debt was burgeoning and spiraling out of control?

Congress needs to learn how to cooperate, quit vilifying each other, and help solve our nation's budget problems before we all see a tax hike in January.

Kurt Kleier

Oakland

Why won't Barbara Lee debate with Singleton?

Marilyn Singleton emerged from the primary election as a top-two candidate for Congress in District 13. The League of Women Voters scheduled a candidates' forum, subject to cancellation if only one candidate appeared. The date was chosen when Congress was not in session. Rep. Barbara Lee refused the invitation and rejected alternative dates.

Canceling this forum shows the ruling elite's disdain for the electorate.

What is Lee afraid of? That the illusion that her policies (platitudes) actually help her constituency will be exposed? Is she afraid of the reality of Oakland's persistent 14.4 percent unemployment rate? Or that 72 percent of black and 53 percent of Hispanic children are now born to single mothers, which quadruples the chance of living in poverty?

Is she afraid to admit that poverty programs that treat people like helpless victims are not working? Afraid to explore empowering approaches to financial security? Afraid of the reality of the 40 percent school dropout rate while she opposes choices in educational opportunity?

Is Lee afraid that Marilyn Singleton's new solutions will resonate with the voters?

Dan Brown

Oakland

Upcoming debates will be Romney's undoing

Eugene Robinson's recent column, "With comment, Romney embarrasses himself again," is right on target.

Mitt Romney, once again, has demonstrated that he is severely lacking in foreign policy, which could be potentially dangerous.

His criticism of President Barack Obama's response to the crisis in Libya was ignorant and inexcusable. This is the same candidate who promises to create 12 million jobs.

What he's not telling everyone is how he is going to do this and which foreign countries will benefit the most.

He is already knee-deep in campaign rhetoric and behind in the most recent polls. The upcoming presidential debates will be his undoing and he will lose this election.

Don Crotts

San Leandro