Could be much more behind fair's decline

I see the attendance was down 27 percent at the Alameda County Fair and the reasons given were all weather related. Could there be more to it?

Let's see: $12 for a 24-ounce beer. That's 50 cents an ounce. Put another way on that cost, a 12 pack of beer would be $72 and a case of beer would be $144.

Have you ever noticed that as price goes up, regardless of the category, volume goes down? Yeah, there could be more to it.

Bob Cummings

Brentwood

Worried about lack of responsibility

Upon reading the two major news events of the past few weeks -- Asiana Airways Flight 214 and the George Zimmerman trial -- I, as a young adult, have concerns about how the older generations take responsibility for their actions.

In the Asiana case, the pilot neglected to pay proper attention to his assigned responsibility of safely transporting his passengers. It seems as if he wasn't aware that the device that guides the plane to land safely was shut off. I'm unsure as to whether this was a training issue or gross negligence, but I'm leaning toward the latter.

In Zimmerman's case, he regarded himself as a self-appointed law enforcement official. He did not feel accountable to the law and instigated a misunderstanding that resulted in a teenager's death, even after being told by the police to avoid a confrontation.


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Now I'm wondering, is the lack of sensibility and self-control leading the generation ahead of mine to act this irresponsibly?

Allison Tong

Fremont

Has a fundamental change occurred?

The United States of America is a constitutional republic of individual states united as one nation. A nation of people with the freedom to self-govern with dignity and honor that respect the Constitution and the rule of law.

We the people are the government. We the people are responsible for government. Whatever the government says or does, we the people are saying and doing.

We the people elect representatives in a private ballot answering only to our honorable conscience. We delegate, entrust and empower representatives to govern. Replaceable representatives that govern are the responsibility of we the people. They are elected to serve, not to rule with party politics.

People shirking their patriotic responsibility to self-govern suffer the consequence of the politics of graft and corruption.

When the government conducts wars, when the government over-controls civil society, when the government borrows to spend -- we the people are doing all that and more.

Question to ponder: Has fundamental change of government taken place?

Philip Tribuzio

Alameda

Expose Common Core Standards

Your recent editorial, "Myths fueling opposition to Common Core," demeans citizens who oppose Common Core Standards.

Citizens who know about CCS are rightly concerned. The myths are on the side of the proponents. Standards were not created by local school boards or even state school boards. They were created by a national governors' group along with a council of chief state school officers.

They are to be "internationally benchmarked." Tests will be "national assessments" tied to the national standards/curriculum, which will be tied to college entrance exams.

California legislators adopted CCS in 2011 in order to apply for Race to the Top and collect federal dollars. California lost and now must spend $1.6 million to fund e-books, computers, teacher training to accommodate CCS.

How many parents have even heard about CCS, let alone be involved in any debate about their usage? Algebra will be taught one year later. No cursive writing. Less classical literature and more technical manuals in English. Big corporate interests are involved, such as Bill Gates and Pearson Foundation book publishers.

See Californians United Against Common Core at cuacc.org.

Liz Froelich

Concord

Lessons from Florida verdict

The verdict in the Trayvon Martin case teaches us three things:

  • Don't go walking after dark.

  • Don't wear a hoodie.

  • Don't be a person of color. (Even a dark tan is suspicious.)

    We have learned nothing in the past 50 years.

    Hugh Brown

    Richmond