Musical denigrating to the Mormon faithI erroneously attended "The Book of Mormon" musical in San Francisco, the self-proclaimed capital of inclusion and tolerance.
Community opens its heart once again Once again, the community opened up its heart and made Thanksgiving a very special day for so many people. It would not have been possible without the generous donations of food, equipment, the use of the Pavilion and monetary support by so many caring
Protester's actions reflect the mindset"He treated me like a little kid," said Ju Hong after his disruptive and disrespectful behavior toward President Barack Obama in San Francisco recently.
Stop apologizing for the ACA siteI'm tired of President Barack Obama mewling "mea culpa" about the health care website.He should say to those states having problems signing up, "You were supposed to design your own website.
BART becoming a useless dinosaurThe BART board did the right thing in not approving a flawed contract. However, they did the wrong thing on the items they did approve.
Letter writer should use the actual factsIn 1838, Ralph Waldo Emerson was quoted as saying, "What do you know of what you speak?" responding to his preacher's sermon.
Try going meatless this ThanksgivingPresident Barack Obama will get a break from Obamacare when he pardons the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. Each of us can also set aside our cares by pardoning a turkey and choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance -- one that gives thanks for our good
Must curb power of the big donorsI appreciate the Times Nov. 20 editorial, "Big campaign money flowing to both parties."It states what many of us believe -- that campaigns relying on big money is no way to run a political system.
Veterans Day should truly honor veteransNov. 11 was once again Veterans Day and, as in the past several years, it keeps losing its meaning. Many, if not the majority, think of it as a way to extend the weekend.
Site will be fixed, but law itself is the issueYes, the Obamacare website will eventually be fixed. But the bigger problem is the asinine law the website implements, a law born amid secrecy, bribes, dishonesty and without the support of the American people.
Farber's pay package must be reassessedI have nothing against Washington Township Health Care District CEO Nancy Farber. However, there is no way that her position and responsibilities demand a total annual compensation of more than $1.
Thanksgiving's real meaning being lostThis is regarding the recent article, "Retailers gear up for Black Thursday."Really? Has everyone forgotten the meaning of Thanksgiving?
Adult prosecution isn't right answer for teenThe decision to try a 16-year-old student as an adult in the skirt-burning tragedy compounds the suffering.
Martin was right to call out abuser, leave teamIn the professional world, there are rules of conduct, written and unwritten. One of the rules is to have respect for the professional who also, in this case, is a teammate.
Oakland must make security investmentAs a new homeowner in Rockridge, I have been following the many stories about robberies and other crime in Oakland and the various approaches to deal with it.
Don't abandon ACA; fix the problemsBefore Obamacare, insurers could change and discontinue policies on a whim. What we're seeing today, with the implementation of the market-based, conservative Heritage Foundation-originated Affordable Care Act is simply more of the same.
What happened to insurance promise?My health insurance company has just canceled my policy. This is an individual health insurance policy that I've had and successfully used for more than 10 years.
Must stand firm for better elder fundingI thank the paper for the thorough coverage of the closing of Valley Springs Manor in Castro Valley. The lack of response from emergency and licensing personnel is shocking.
ALS striking veterans at an alarming rateWe all have read or seen stories about our wounded warriors. About veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury, depression and other serious mental health issues.
Spying by the NSA is shameful actionThe idea of a U.S. administration spying on its own citizens, foreign leaders and foreigners is shameful. How can two people be friends if one behaves in this rotten manner?
Who is responsible for youth's death?While I grieve for the family and friends of the 14-year-old boy, I am appalled at the vitriol thrown at the police.
Redskins should not change nameI support the decision of the Washington Redskins' owner not to change the team's name. The team originated in 1932 with that name and there is no reason it should be removed.
Need no-strike clause for all transit contractsIf the people of California are fed up with what's going on in this country, then they should try to remember what is happening today at voting time.
Help prevent fires, yes on Measure AVoting yes on Measure A, the Wildfire Protection District, is one of the easiest choices I've had in years. While the purpose of Measure A, to reduce the fuel load in our area to mitigate the likelihood of a widespread wildfire that could destroy homes and
Don't throw retired teachers under busSan Jose Mayor Chuck Reed's proposed Pension Reform Act of 2014 may soon be floated for enough signatures for a 2014 ballot.
In sight of cure AIDS funding is neededRemember when AIDS was a definite death sentence and nothing could be done? We are in sight of the end of AIDS, an epidemic that has killed 30 million people.
President doesn't want any budgetsI do not believe that the current budget compromise will lead to a lasting budget agreement because President Barack Obama hates budgets, as they restrict his addictive spending.
Vote to renew wildfire prevention districtI am an Oakland hills fire survivor and have been very involved with prevention efforts ever since. The Wildfire Prevention Assessment District was originally formed in response to the massive fires of 1991 that killed 25 people and destroyed 3,000 homes in
Make it illegal to shut down public transitIt should be illegal for anyone to shut down a major public transportation facility -- e.g. BART -- as a bargaining tactic.