Rehashing what was drivel first time around

I think it's quite worthwhile to print a thoughtful, original letter from either a right, left or neutral party. I'm particularly concerned about a recent letter that repeated a contention from Glenn Beck(!) and Fox News that Obama has appointed 32 "czars" who are controlling the economy.

This is so far out I went to "factchecker" on the Internet. Did you know George Bush had 35 "czars?" A nonthinking person will read this and misunderstand completely. As you well know, there is an effort by the Republicans to make Obama a non-president, and this misinformation campaign should not be encouraged by the media. Sometimes I think you print these letters just to demonstrate how gullible people are. But not everyone will recognize how stupid some of this is.

As a side note, if the right-wingers think that these czars are "controlling" the economy, they don't seem to recognize they are doing a pretty good job. The economy has been improving since Obama took office.

Ed Angle

Danville

Reid blocking needed repair to Obamacare

There are many other ways to help provide health care for our people rather than the inefficient and costly Obamacare. There are many good aspects of the law, but we need to correct the shortcomings of the law in its current configuration. However, the obstructionist Harry Reid is unwilling to allow any debate on the issue.

We need to elect a Republican majority in the Senate in November in order to remove Reid. Perhaps then we can get some meaningful bipartisan dialogue on the ways to fix the current law.

Bud Allan

Alamo

Letter hit nail on the head

Karen Beck couldn't have said it better than she did in her letter, "Show pride when paying your taxes," on April 11, 2014.

Bob Williams

Pleasanton

What was left out of the case against Israelis

Balsam Nimr in his recent letter repeats the same old revisionist history (i.e., Israel has taken Palestine by force, etc.). He conveniently omits that Jews preceded Arabs in the lands of Israel by several thousand years. He forgets that the United Nations partitioned the Holy Land in 1948, awarding Palestinians their own territory and the Jews Israel. He doesn't mention that the Palestinians, along with Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Iraq, then immediately invaded Israel. They did it again in 1956 and again in 1967, and they continue to commit hostile acts against Israel to this day. The only reason Israel annexed the Golan was to prevent Syrian guns from firing into the Huleh Valley, which they did on a daily basis before 1967. And East Jerusalem would still be in Jordanian (not Palestinian) hands if Jordan hadn't attacked Israel in the same year.

Lewis A. Glenn

Danville

Do go ahead, Hillary 2016, make my day

About Hillary and her alleged 2016 run for the presidency, please do, and I will be the first to flood the state with "Benghazi" bumper stickers and pictures of Ambassador Stevens beings dragged naked through the streets while being burned with a cattle prod. Who could doubt that was her crowning foreign policy achievement?

It's not about women, folks. It's about the economy. The GOP doesn't want to increase spending anywhere without reducing it elsewhere. Democrats, it seems, can't open their mouths without lying these days. It's about spending. Tell the truth.

Funny how things can all of a sudden be "in vogue" for the first family. For the past month or so the Internet has been abuzz with Obama's lack of respect for our veterans. In the last 60-some years there have only been four occasions when the U.S. president didn't show to honor the heroes of Normandy -- Obama, Obama, Obama and Obama. Today, his face and the back of his head are very prominently displayed in the media while attending memorial services for those slain at Fort Hood. Well, at least he's getting it finally.

Bill Clinton says it's bad to have to prove you're a U.S. citizen before you're allowed to vote. Now I'm more certain than ever that we need voter ID. If we can afford to give out food stamps to 45 million families and cell phones to garner votes, we can afford to ID our eligible citizens, too. Just think, the Democrats will never have to cry about being accused of voter fraud again.

What's really unfortunate, Nick Jury, of Clayton, is that there are still so many Obamunists around that they feel comfortable blaming all their ills on Republicans ... ad infinitum. In sync with the smoke-screening mantra of the socialist incumbents, never present a workable, reasonable solution. Instead just infer racism and hatred when your unworkable ideas are rejected by responsible folks. Works every time for the "lazy-minded."

Michael Hurder

Livermore

Not to be picky about words, but ...

In your numerous articles about drought, rainfall and snow pack depths, you continue to make the same error by stating that recent rain or snow is some percentage of "normal" when you should say "average." The difference is important.

If you were to look at rainfall records, you would see that below-average is the more common, while average or above-average is abnormal. At one site in the coast mountains, average rain is 65 inches. In 82 years for which I have records, above-average rain happened 32 years (up to 130 inches), below-average rain 49 times and one year was average. For the Sacramento/Stockton area, average is about 15 inches (three times since 1849), the most common rainfall is about 10 inches with a second cluster at 20 and a few years in the 30-inch range. Your snowfall chart April 2 shows the same pattern: six years since 1970 were near average, 23 years were below-average and 15 years above-average -- way above-average in some cases. A typical year is a drought year, with a few very wet years so that average rain or snow is well above the typical year; average years are themselves rare. If you phrase your articles correctly the public may get the idea that drought is normal and average rain is abnormal.

Russ Greenlaw

Livermore