The GOP must see the light this time

We all have to compromise to handle our budgets. Folks are always talking about cutting spending, which every family does when times get tough. But the price of utilities, food and health care keep going up, even if you turn the thermostat down, take shorter showers and cook cheaper foods.

The time comes when you have to ask the boss, whom you helped get rich, to share the profits and give you a raise so you can live a decent life and pay off your debts. The cost of living always goes up and so the paycheck must as well. It is time to fix the roof that is leaking, and the car that is worn out needs to be replaced.

This calls for raising new revenue and asking the rich boss to share in the wealth and not just with his shareholders. It is time to repair the infrastructure and ask the wealthy to pay their fair share.

Hope the House Republicans see the light this time.

Norma J. Neto

Fremont

Good for Doonesbury, good for Mallard

Mallard Fillmore is perfect. A Nov. 13 letter attributes the comic strip to neoconservatism or globalist thinking (The Illuminati?) because of its irreverence to things progressive. Wow.

The letter writer begrudges this comic while Doonesbury has run for so long doing the same shtick. A touch of equal time? Some folks are humorless.


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Rob Sorensen

Newark

Place comic strip on editorial page

Thanks to the recent letter writer for his comment regarding Mallard Fillmore.

I have suggested that the strip, if the paper wishes to continue running it, would be better placed on the editorial page, as it is not even remotely amusing.

I do not know this writer, but I would gladly shake his hand.

Darryl Cole

Hayward

Keep comic strip right where it is

The day the paper discontinues the comic strip Mallard Fillmore, the paper can also discontinue my subscription.

Marlene Teel-Heim

Hayward

Readers need to see both sides

As I read the Times on Nov. 13, I was appalled that Jon Barrilleaux had the nerve to say the paper should stop "subjecting us" to the comic strip Mallard Fillmore.

I really think it amazing that the left, no doubt including Barrilleaux, think the First Amendment applies only to the left and not all Americans. We all need to see and hear both sides.

I am part of "the good people of the East Bay" and Mallard Fillmore brings a smile to my face every time I read the comics.

Carl Politis

Concord

Tax money must stay in country

Take the "t" from the word "tax," and you have the new word "ax."

This is the tool the government should use to repair the financial downfall of the present-day economy.

The government must use the ax to chop away wasteful government spending, money we give to other countries of the world fighting their wars and supporting their lifestyles.

Our tax dollars migrate across the United States to Washington, D.C. This money should be used only to support, repair and educate U.S. taxpayers.

Instead, much of this money continues across the Atlantic Ocean to countries throughout the world.

We Americans should come first. If we have a dollar or two left over, we may donate these amounts to the other countries in need.

The time to be concerned about what you have is while you have it. Once you lose what you have, you have nothing more to be concerned about.

Arnold Corbett

Fremont

Just how dumb does Chevron think we are?

Chevron ran a full-page advertisement in this paper Wednesday, stating its commitment to operating the refinery safely and earning the community's trust.

The week before, Chevron announced it would not upgrade equipment at the refinery, nor significantly lower emissions levels. Chevron will continue to use 35-year-old technology and will continue to expose refinery workers and Richmond residents to the danger of airborne pollutants and the increased risk of explosions and fires that go along with old equipment and corroding pipes.

How dumb does it think we are? Does it think an ad in the paper will convince the people of Richmond that it cares?

I hope the new City Council members, elected with the help of Chevron, will hold the corporation accountable.

Deborah Bayer

Richmond