Sowell should offer facts to discussion

If you wonder why there's been such a big increase in hateful right-wing extremism, just read Thomas Sowell's column, "President may well have achieved his lifelong goals."

On the day President Obama was to hold a news conference because of the deteriorating conditions in Iraq, Sowell told us Obama is knowingly damaging this country's interests. Sowell must know President George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq has been the greatest fiasco of a generation. However, these right-wingers have yet to question why we invaded Iraq.

Sowell blames Obama's mother and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright for influencing Obama and making him anti-American. So I guess we should blame Barbara Bush for the invasion of Iraq.

This educated economist talks in general terms about wealth and power and how Obama's trying to take money from the wealthy. Rather, Thomas should address the growing income gap, the dwindling middle class and his views on increasing the minimum wage.

Sowell's desire to give red meat to the shallow thinkers shouldn't go unanswered. It's time Sowell contributed real facts to our political discussions.

Tony Daniels

Antioch

Majority voted for tax to help ailing hospital

Dan Borenstein and several letters to the editors have stated that we West Contra Costa homeowners voted "no" to saving Doctors Medical Center. However, that needs clarification.


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The "yes" votes were more than 50 percent. The reason it didn't pass was because of the two-thirds requirement on taxes for specific uses -- a prime example of the damage caused by Proposition 13.

The majority voted "yes" to keeping DMC open, but unfortunately it did not pass, which is very sad for those who rely on the medical center.

Christine Caldwell

Richmond

President panders, abuses his power

President Barack Obama is such a hypocrite.

He recently released a highly redacted memo he claims justifies his drone killing in Yemen of American-born Anwar al-Awlaki -- without a trial -- who Obama considers to be a threat to the country by virtue of his membership in a terrorist organization. How does Obama justify killing al-Awlaki's teenage son, also a U.S. citizen? How great a threat was this teenager, or did he even care?

Obama secretly, without the legally required consultation with Congress, released five known terrorist leaders who have murdered many, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who left his post of his own volition. Meanwhile, he allows a combat veteran, who honorably served several tours of duty in Afghanistan, to rot in a Mexican jail for what appears to be an honest mistake.

Obama panders to young women by saying they vote for Democratic candidates because they "are smarter" than Republican voters. But his own research reveals young, unmarried women vote Democratic because their votes are bought by all kinds of free government giveaways directed to them.

Clifford R. Wiesner

Concord

School should be named for Korematsu

I support the West Contra Costa school district renaming Portola school the Fred Korematsu Middle School.

Japanese-American citizens suffered the travesty and injustice of internment camps in Word War II. Korematsu stood tall and fought this injustice, receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Bill Clinton and the state of California affirmed his courage by declaring Jan. 30 Fred Korematsu Day.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez also received this highest presidential encomium. These two giants in the fight for civil rights certainly aren't diminished by Korematsu's receiving a similar honor. The school district has already named schools for them.

Remember, not one Japanese-American was ever disloyal in World War II. In fact, the Fighting 442nd Army Division of Japanese-Americans ranks first in American military decorations. Korematsu also fought bravely -- for justice. His faulty conviction was finally overturned in 1983.

A wonderful acknowledgment of virtue and responsibility, epitomizing due process and courage, would be to have the school district rename Portola after Fred Korematsu. My late brother, Steven, who attended Portola, would have strongly agreed in this endorsement.

David Dansky

Ridgefield, Washington

Dansky, a 1956 graduate of Richmond Union High, taught forensics at Kennedy High School in Richmond for 25 years.