Wealth irrelevant in this discussion

In the Times' Aug. 8 local news section, Joe Rodriguez begins his article, "As wealth dictates who wins and loses in youth sports ... "

Not only is such an obvious politically charged statement not true, it doesn't belong in the reporting of a youth sporting event. It is certainly an attempt to set classes at odds and has ZERO to do with the great job that these young soccer players accomplished through talent, hard work and good coaching.

I'm watching the Little League regionals on ESPN as I write this, Pennsylvania vs. New York. As the camera scans the stands, it's working class people cheering for their teams. If one looks at local grammar school basketball teams that excel, it's teams like the Oakland Soldiers, those from the middle class or lower class neighborhoods.

Last I checked, De La Salle athletes are from all over. Many come from Concord, Pittsburg and Martinez.

Joe Rodriguez should either move to the editorial page or stop his political and leading comments.

John Mooney

Walnut Creek

Gaza citizens must choose better leaders

Israel's retaliation against thousands of rockets launched at her by Hamas was a reasonable response to an overt act of terrorism. Indeed any country so attacked would be justified in responding in the manner that Israel did.

Unfortunately Israel's warnings to Hamas to get civilians out of harm's way went unheeded, resulting in much unnecessary suffering, some involving small children.


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These children would have been out of harm's way had Hamas acted appropriately and moved civilians to safety.

I have seen images of Muslim children depicting quite a different perspective from that presented to this occurrence. Children as young as 4 or 5, undergoing what is obviously

"an indoctrination into hatred" as they are subjugated to what can only be described as brain washing by their adult trainers. Young Muslim children are dressed as soldiers, their faces painted with camouflage being taught to shoot early weapons of war. Some even are shown stomping on American and Israeli flags as part of their indoctrination.

More recently, I have seen children in the Palestinian Territories with grenades in their hands being trained by their instructors on how to throw them effectively at the hated "Israeli oppressors."

It is difficult for a thinking person to feel sorry for the citizens of Gaza who elect leaders such as Hamas -- leaders who condone training children to be terrorists. Perhaps in the next election, if there is one, they will make a better choice. Maybe then we won't continue to have "poor little Muslim kids" trained as terrorists.

Selma Soss

Walnut Creek

A most welcome 'threat'

To KTVU Channel 2;

Why does your weatherman this evening refer to a " ... rain threat?" Northern California's in the worst drought in modern history, and rain -- which waters the crops that feed us, which farming families depend on for their livelihood -- is a threat?

We note that the giddy celebration of yet another "sunny weekend" continues to be the pinnacle of California life, with an occasional PC, or "WC (weather correct)" aside, "but we could still use some rain."

How tragic that as the world suffers climate change, vanishing farmland and wetlands, our oceans, the fount of life, could be devoid of fish by 2048; the entire South American rain forest (what Dr. Helen Caldicott call's "the lungs of the earth") could disappear, at present levels of destruction, by 2037; that most recyclables are still tossed in the trash; and that KTVU perpetuates this disconnect between us and the natural world that gave us life, sustains us.

Your weathercaster's "rain threat" underscores a mentality suggesting weather, like everything else on this small planet, including dwindling resources, are here simply for our amusement and "lifestyle."

What small, very small, souls to see life-giving rain as a "threat."

Mike Scott

Walnut Creek