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

Writer has a problem with the successful

In Carol Day's letter printed April 3 titled "Walmart's bad record a long one," she writes that Walmart is anti-union, pays minimum wages to part-time employees causing them to use food stamps. This would indicate that she is pro-union and as such believes that Walmart should be forced to manage it's labor force based on union demands.

She complains that the Walmart family is wealthy, indicating she is against people of wealth and success. Then she finally goes all-out by attempting to associate Walmart with the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting because they sell guns. This indicates that she is not only anti-gun but that she would intentionally create a false impression that Walmart is somehow responsible for a mentally deranged individual's actions. This tactic is not only wrong, it is despicable. She goes on to explain that she boycotts Walmart, suggesting others should do the same. Then she uses her ability to vote as a threat toward the City Council.

Walmart provides minimum-wage jobs just like thousands of other nonunion companies. If people don't want these jobs they are free to go elsewhere. This is based on our free enterprise system. Walmart provides a service, and if their service is not what people want, then they will not be successful (or wealthy). Walmart has been successful because they provide a service that many on low incomes need and welcome.

Carol Day has a right to voice her opinion, and Walmart has a right to manage its company however it wishes as long as it is within the law. They also can accumulate as much wealth as the company provides. If you read Carol Day's letter carefully, you will find that it says much more about her than it does about Walmart. Perhaps she should just boycott Livermore.

I am very much in favor of Walmart developing the old Nob Hill Foods site, and I wish them much success (and wealth)!

Cliff Dias

Livermore

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