Protester's actions reflect the mindset

"He treated me like a little kid," said Ju Hong after his disruptive and disrespectful behavior toward President Barack Obama in San Francisco recently.

What I saw was a very cordial response to the disdainful actions of a spoiled brat. Hong's actions are so typical. He's probably been in the country undocumented for quite some time, all the while enjoying every benefit the nation provides, yet feeling entitled to something more.

There are processes available for legal immigration, but if we don't enforce them, the mindset that our laws are there to be broken will continue to prevail. Why then, should people like Hong feel obligated to obey our traffic laws, tax laws or any other laws they don't like?

Obama did not create the situation Hong and his family face. I doubt Hong would be treated as kindly by the leader of the country his family is from if he exhibited the same disrespect as he did toward my president.

Clyde E. Albert

Hayward

State preparing to destroy wilderness

The state of California prides itself as a leader for environmental protection. Yet, behind closed doors the off-highway vehicle division of state parks is planning to convert a thousand of acres of wilderness into off-road vehicle recreation area.

In the face of mounting local citizen resistance, the state is now moving forward to convert the delicate Tesla Wilderness in eastern Alameda County, seven miles from downtown Livermore, to an off-road vehicle park.

If you are not aware of the devastation that off the road vehicles wreak, drive out to the Carnegie OHV park and see for yourself. The Tesla area is replete with threatened and endangered species, Native American cultural sites and the historic Tesla town site.

The OHV division gets millions of gas-tax dollars that should be going to urgently needed road repair. Instead, it is spending your money on ultraexpensive OHV parks like Carnegie, which has 23 employees and takes six times as much budget as a regular state park. Write your state legislator.

Chuck Noland

Walnut Creek

Shouldn't drop wolf from endangered list

This is regarding the recent article "Conservationists urge protection for gray wolves."

The first time I saw a wolf up close was at a conservation center -- the wolf was behind bars. The second time I saw a wolf was at a wildlife event -- the wolf was on a leash. Wolves do not belong in cages or on leashes. They belong in the wild to thrive and prosper like all creatures.

The hearing mentioned in the article, which I attended, was a testament to the importance of keeping wolves on the Endangered Species list -- wolf supporters far outnumbered anti-wolf advocates.

Those who hate wolves are ignorant. Wild animals and livestock can coexist. Just look at the Livestock Guarding Dog Program, which has trained more than 200 Anatolian shepherds to protect farmed sheep and goats in Namibia, Africa.

Ranchers must stop crying wolf and get the facts: Wolves do not destroy livestock numbers. Ranchers must work with wildlife organizations to establish programs that protect cattle and allow the wolf to thrive in its native habitat.

Killing wildlife just because it gets in your way is not the answer. Neither is delisting the gray wolf.

Cynthia Bournellis

San Jose

Paper right to drop team nickname use

Thanks to the Richmond, Va., based African-American newspaper The Richmond Free Press for dropping the name of the Washington professional football team from its pages.

The name "redskin" is a degrading term toward American Indians. Those who still feel that it is not degrading do not know the history of where it came from.

Since their arrival in this country more than 500 years ago, the majority of Euro-Americans look down on American Indians as subhumans standing in the way of progress, and needed to be annihilated.

The Richmond Free Press did the right thing by dropping this terrible name off its columns.

Billy Trice Jr.

Oakland