Just why do we need so many bullets?

Homeland Security protects us from ourselves here in America. They do not do anything in foreign countries.

Homeland Security bought 1.6 billion bullets to be used in America only, not in foreign countries. These bullets are enough to shoot five bullets into every man, woman and child here in America. Why?

Why do we need so many bullets? What's going on?

I thought we were going to cut our budget by 2 percent. Why are we buying all these bullets when we are short of money?

Homeland Security ordered 2,700 rubber-tired armored tanks to be used here in America. Why?

The Bay Area will have about 82 of these tanks to protect us from ourselves. Why? It will look weird to see these tanks roaming around on our public streets.

What's going on? Are we all terrorists?

Sidney Steinberg

Berkeley

Oakland is broke in more ways than one

The decision by Oakmore residents fed up with rampant crime to form an association and hire private security for their neighborhood is the natural and predictable consequence of ideology taking precedence over practicality.

Oakland has been run by liberal ideologues who have systematically destroyed the Oakland Police Department. They have coddled, nurtured and enabled the dependent, irresponsible, dysfunctional swine who have for decades been the beneficiaries of one program after another; all of which has led to an entire class of citizens who are hopelessly unemployable, manifestly belligerent, amoral, dependent and childlike.

Citizens who have already long ago bailed on the public schools and resigned themselves to paying tuition to private schools now find themselves literally compelled to pay for private police protection proves that absent sufficient, reliable police services social programs are meaningless.

This is one more example of the complete and unrelenting disintegration of social order in Oakland. Jean Quan and others of similar beliefs have bankrupted Oakland. We are broke.

Jonathan C. Breault

Oakland

Coverage was unfair to Saint Mary's

Proving scandals sell, the paper's March 2 coverage of the Saint Mary's men's college basketball program recruiting violations was over the top -- though the scandal did gain front-page headlines, an anomaly for arguably the previous decade's best Bay Area basketball program.

In particular, columnist Mark Purdy excoriated Saint Mary's, referring to the actions as sleazy and inferring cheating has infiltrated the success of Saint Mary's. Notwithstanding Purdy's attempts at sensationalism, the school has quietly achieved national and international recognition while garnering little local acclaim. Undoubtedly, Saint Mary's will suffer as a result of these violations, but the program's foundation is formed and success will continue to find Saint Mary's College.

Rick Rodriguez

Danville

Terrors of texting and driving

A week ago, I was driving on Treat Boulevard in Walnut Creek during morning rush hour and watched as three different accidents almost happened within one block.

I was behind a car with North Carolina plates that was the cause of those near-misses. As I changed lanes, I looked into the car and saw that the young woman driver was texting -- using both hands. Fortunately, the other drivers were quick on their brakes since the woman didn't signal her lane changes as she swerved.

No message is worth the misery she caused or the potential accidents she may cause in the future. Please, drivers -- don't text and drive. Lives could be at stake.

Leah MacLeod

Concord

O'Malley is one who did the right thing

I am one of the attorneys for Ronald Ross. I thank the paper for its excellent coverage of Ronald's case, and for the editorial identifying the many things that went wrong in the prosecution of Ronald. His conviction was a sad day for justice.

I write only to take exception to the criticism of Alameda District Attorney Nancy O'Malley. O'Malley was not the DA when Ronald was convicted, and cannot fairly be blamed for the missteps that led to his conviction.

To the contrary, she personally engaged in a meaningful dialogue with counsel for Ronald, undertook an investigation aimed at finding the truth, and then took a courageous position in joining our request that Ronald be freed. That was a bright day for justice.

O'Malley deserves two thumbs up for doing the right thing.

Elliot R. Peters

Keker & Van Nest San Francisco