Even on top, A's get shorted on coverage

Why do the A's get such bad coverage? This has gone on for years.

I hear complaints from people about the coverage of the Giants. My, they are really written about.

And football. Why such large pictures of football players and tiny ones of the A's? I've been an A's fan for many years and it is the same old stuff.

I've been a subscriber for many years. It's the same old story: Giants get all the publicity. The A's are on top.

Clara Minor

Hayward

Health care execs' salaries are drain

A Sept. 18 letter writer wrote about Obamacare being a drain on the economy. He said, "Now we are faced with the largest grab of private enterprise in the history of the country."

That private enterprise has given us the most costly health product of any developed country. We can have a private program (profit included) or we can have a government program (taking the profit out). The private programs have become so expensive that many just can't afford them.

Most laws and regulations come into being because of abuses in our free-enterprise system. Who are the abusers this time? Executive pay in the for-profit health industry continues to rise, now running more than $10 million a year.


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Aetna granted more than $34 million and the Healthnet exec received more than $21 million. Is that abuse? Is that a drain on the economy? Is that a drain on your pocket?

Marv Tripp

Oakland

We should not be hypocrites

We've all been rightly upset about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrians.

Making this transgression of international norms even more egregious are the facts that they used them on their own people and they used them on children.

One can only wonder, then, upon reading your excellent recent report on America's use of chemical weapons on the Vietnamese, how we can pretend to have the moral standing to bomb the Syrians for their use of chemical weapons -- especially when thousands of American troops and their allies died from exposure to our chemical weapons (the focus of your report) and thousands of rural Vietnamese children died, it can be assumed, from this same exposure.

It would be far better for us to admit the error of our ways, compensate the victims, and urge the world community to follow our example, rather than say, "Do as I say, not as I do, or we'll bomb you."

Jim Hogan

El Sobrante

Justifying voter restrictions

In her recent letter, Jacqueline Cloidt regurgitates urban myths, outright lies and bile from the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Fox about statistically impossible results and massive over-votes in selected districts and expects readers to accept her recitation of right-wing orthodoxy to justify voter-registration restrictions.

Every case Cloidt cited is easily refuted with simple inquiries.

The unanimous Barack Obama votes in Philadelphia are statistically quite probable in jurisdictions with 99.6 percent Democratic registrants.

Not content with misinformation, she brings out the boogeyman ACORN to suggest that organization committed voter fraud. It's not voter fraud when a person uses the obvious name "Mickey Mouse" on the registration form. It is the obligation of the registration worker to accept the card, no matter how ridiculous it may appear, and return the card, perhaps with a note attached. A fraud would be like when the conservative activist James O'Keefe registered all voters and discarded the cards of Democrats.

In the absence of a constructive legislative agenda, the Republicans have used voter suppression to perpetuate their minority control.

Steve Carney

Lafayette