Survival depends on cooperation

It is time to read again the Porcupine Fable.

It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together.

This way they covered and protected themselves. However, the quills of each one wounded their closest companions, even though they gave off heat to one another.

After awhile, some decided to distance themselves, one from the other. But those who did, died off, one by one, alone and frozen.

Those remaining had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the earth. They decided to go back to being together. This way they learned to live with the little wounds that were caused by the close relationship with their companions, but their collective heat brought about survival.

Is there any way this fable can be couched in language sufficiently simple for our leaders to understand?

W. Frederick Shaw

El Cerrito

Article on Iran was misleading

I was appalled by your Sept. 24 article titled, "Iran threatens attacks on U.S. bases." What totally misleading garbage!

Why don't you print the truth instead of printing the lies and distortions fed to you by your controllers? You might also remind your readers that the Israelis already have nukes and would not hesitate to use them, while Iran has none and has no plans to build them.

What the leaders of Iran have really said is that they will retaliate if a rogue ministate, such as Israel, or the United States, under total control of the Zionists, attacks them.

Come on Bay Area News Group, try printing real, honest news without your spin.

William Hubbell

Hayward

Killing attacks on U.S. embassies

The killing of our ambassador in Libya and the subsequent attacks throughout the Middle East are the extremists flexing their muscles. The current administration has shown itself to have a weak or "no" Mideast policy. President Barack Obama's plan of leading from behind has not only placed U.S. embassies and employees at risk but has emboldened our enemies.

It is foolish not to believe that radical Islam and the Taliban are one and the same in seeking the destruction of this country.

Blaming the violence on a feckless Internet film short as Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the White House press secretary have is preposterous.

D.C. Rentz

Walnut Creek

Voting no on Prop. 30 because of methods

My no vote on Proposition 30 is not so much a no on any tax increases, it is due to the manner, priorities and corresponding threats used to push this measure forward.

First is the arm-twisting to get a No. 1 priority listing on the November ballot.

The funds now earmarked for high-speed rail would cover the cost shortfall to higher education.

The exposure of the $54 million slush fund by state Parks Department confirms there is a vast amount of available money if one would only push for higher accountability.

The recent use of the California State University system to threaten students of a pending tuition hike if Gov. Jerry Brown's tax proposal does not get passed is unethical.

The meager pension reform, which will have only a 5 percent impact on the underfunded pension mess, was a political ploy. If it was really meaningful, do you think the unions and the Democrats would roll over?

Robert Jones

Alamo