Disarming not turning out well Down Under

In Richard Bennett's, (of Walnut Creek) letter about the success of Australia's gun bans and controls, he states that there have been no mass shootings since their enactment. This is absolutely true, but how much has it cost in crime, property and lives? Here are the facts.

According to Australian police, in the 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced to surrender 640,381 firearms the countrywide statistics are as follows: homicides up 6.2 percent, assaults up 9.6 percent and armed robberies up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent). In the state of Victoria alone homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent.

It looks like the Australians are killing more people now than they ever were! Wow! Could it be that the criminals kept their guns? How dare a criminal break the law! While figures over the last 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery, this has shifted drastically upward since the criminals are now guaranteed their victims are unarmed! This is common sense! Freedom is not free! My affiliations don't change that real-world facts one bit!

Leon Canziani

Livermore

Please present more facts, less hyperbole

Regarding, Jim Hogan's letter on Feb. 28, "Where's the debate over the sequester?" -- this is just another example of scare tactics by the uninformed.

Republicans demand slashing and no taxes? You seem to have forgotten the tax increase from December. Sequestration will not be a disaster to the economy. Most agencies are not getting cuts, just less of an increase over their previous budget. In fact, federal spending will increase, even with the sequestration.

The drone program is administered by the Obama administration, along with the secretary of defense, who was hand-picked by President Obama. As far as your comment about nuclear-armed drones, you will not find one piece of credible evidence to back up that statement, and it is nothing more than an attempt by you to throw Republicans under the bus.

While I respect all opinions, you might want to try something new and refreshing the next time you write to the newspaper, like maybe using facts.

Mark Rose

Livermore

Stop wasteful party for the Bay Bridge

Dear Gov. Brown and Sens. Feinstein and Boxer:

Please take a personal interest in the taxpayer-funded party that the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Caltrans are about to throw for THEMSELVES.

I totally understand their logic, but please help them see how it is flawed and completely distorted by their insiders' perspective. On the outside (in the citizen public) this $6 million expenditure is completely and utterly wasteful. Please help them understand that it is our perspective that matters -- not theirs -- since we are the ones ultimately footing the bill for this unnecessary extravagance. Open the bridge to foot traffic for a day -- but make those of us who choose to go pay a USE fee. That gives all citizens a CHOICE about whether to spend money to amuse ourselves. That is far superior than having no choice but to watch the MTC and Caltrans congratulate themselves with a public spectacle using our money.

James G. Lucas

Citizen, Voter, Taxpayer Livermore

City doesn't want planned regional theater

Sigh ... with all due respect for the few prominent people in Livermore who have worked very hard for the past 10 to 15 year to bring this "dream" regional theater to fruition, it appears that they have all fallen into the vision tunnel and in turn have now contracted the most paralyzing of all planning conditions, Tunnel Vision.

These people need to step out of the box they have all built around themselves, look around, and what they will see as they take an honest look at their community and what the people in it are saying about this "dream" they are driving toward is NOT the dream this community envisions!

I encourage this small community of hardworking "dreamers" to step back and ask the real question when it comes to whether this community actually wants this money-pit regional theater project to continue forward. Do we really want to watch the next step they propose of going to court, dragging their "big box" along with them while they continue to ignore the real wishes of this priceless community we live in? They continue to decline to ask the question of the community because, in my opinion, they just do not want to hear the answer -- that we really do not want the regional theater to be built. It's time, hardworking dreamers, to cut your losses and move on.

And, if you are still unsure whether the community wants this theater, bring it up for a citywide vote. We could all live with that, I'm pretty sure.

Sheran Clark

Livermore

On eyesores, pot is calling the kettle black

I found Tim Clancy's comments laughable regarding having to look at the proposed cemetery.

The property where he used to live on Lawrence Road is piled high with rubbish, junk, derelict trailers, tractors. a cement truck and other sundry eyesores that have lain wasting for at least 15 years. He didn't object to his neighbors having to look at his mess everyday. And it is even more interesting that Tim Clancy sold his property on Lawrence Road to Sid Corrie, the cemetery developer. Corrie hasn't done a thing to clean up the mess that was left by Clancy.

Tom Flood

Danville

Playing games with the public's money is wrong

Once again our politicians are playing a game of high-stakes poker as they hold the populace hostage.

The last time the game was played, "fiscal cliff," the Republicans were the first to blink. Thus tax increases occurred but there were no budget cuts. Now the next game is being played, "sequestration." I would imagine the Republicans will not be the first to blink this time. Sequestration will become a reality as Democrats will demand more tax increases. The broad-based budget cuts required by sequestration will send our economy back into a recession. If our elected officials were the decision-makers in a private corporation, they most certainly would be let go for dereliction of duty. Well, we cannot fire all of Congress, but maybe we can sequester them!

John Adams

San Ramon

Budget cuts? Bring 'em on

I'd like to personally thank this newspaper for aiding and abetting in the president's fear-mongering over the sequestration cuts that he proposed.

Every day one of your headlines is about these cuts striking fear in the Bay Area. What a load of garbage. This sequestration isn't even close to the cuts we need. It won't make a dent in the deficit or the debt. The liberals already cut their revenue increases during the last manufactured presidential crisis called the fiscal cliff. If Obama thought he could demagogue and shame the Republicans into adding more revenue, he sadly misjudged the situation. Let the cuts begin!

Mitchell Smith

Alamo