Romney made millions by closing steel plant

The Joe Soptic ad does not accuse Mitt Romney of killing Soptic's wife. That is a deliberate distortion imposed on the ad by the Republicans.

What the ad does say is, "I don't think Mitt Romney understands what he's done to people's lives by closing the plant." As Reuters reported, "Romney and Bain Capital made millions for themselves and then closed the steel plant."

The corporate-raider mentality exhibited by this episode cannot be disputed even by Romney. He knew this would cost him many votes, perhaps even the election. So he stooped to the next best defense -- crying foul and claiming innocence of a crime that he was not accused of in the first place.

The press should have checked him right away rather than submitting to such Republican hysteria.

Since Romney claims to know exactly how to create jobs, it is very relevant to tell the public about his credentials as a corporate raider.

Silloo Tarapore

Lafayette

GOP plan for nation a recipe for disaster

The selection of Paul Ryan by Mitt Romney should scare everyone who is not extremely wealthy. Ryan has called for cutting taxes on the superwealthy and cutting programs for the poor. It is Robin Hood economics in reverse, and it is morally repugnant.

The Romney plan won't work. Cutting investment in education and health care has never worked. Countries with longer life expectancies and higher levels of education are doing the exact opposite of the Republican plan.

The Ryan budget is a plan to replace Medicare with a voucher program that is sure to leave our elderly uninsured or underinsured.

It will pass prescription drug costs to the people least able to pay them, elderly people on small, fixed incomes. The plan for our young people is even worse, with huge cuts to education in the offing.

No civilized country has ever gone down the road the Republicans are proposing. Republicans like Dwight Eisenhower championed high tax rates for the rich and good education programs.

The 21st-century Republican Party wants to take us down the road of ruin by slashing health care, education, Social Security and environmental protections. That is a recipe for disaster.

Jan Frydendahl

Union City

Malls must become part of community

Malls need to reinvent themselves if they are to be considered relevant in the 21st century. According to consultants from the City Design Collective, no malls have been constructed in the United States since 2006.

There was an active debate about the future of NewPark Mall, with opposing visions to tear it down, renovate or reinvent. NewPark Mall can reinvent by becoming a destination site for the Newark, Union City and Fremont communities.

Ideas to reinvent by attracting and keeping shoppers include ongoing kids club entertainment, opera and ballet, varied musical and ethnic acts, discussions on safety and self-defense and motivational speakers on active listening and communication.

Malls need to become part of the community by offering family entertainment, safety workshops and motivational speakers.

Ideally, the NewPark Mall consultants will look at mall trends and make this mall a community destination site.

Stan Heimowitz

Founder, Celebrity Gems Entertainment Castro Valley

Automatic weapons and ammo must go

Seems like we discuss these issues every time there is a senseless use of guns in America -- which now seems to be daily.

The Constitution gives the rights to bear arms; however, multi-firing assault weapons should be banned.

What we need to do is control the sale of all ammunition (which includes make-your-own). Local police stations or similar agencies should be the venue for sale. The police/agency should keep track of ammunition sales and monitor the ownership of guns.

These agencies, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, should be responsible for controlling the underground trafficking of ammunition. Proceeds could help pay off expenses of the program.

John Soulis

Fremont