Would love to read an outdoor section

I would love to see an expanded coverage of fishing and hunting in the paper. Thousands of Bay Area residents, such as myself, are greatly involved in these sports, and if there was an outdoor sports section that many more people, such as myself, would subscribe.

Also, it would allow for a cultural broadening among readers, exposing them to a side of sports and nature that they would not be able to see otherwise.

It would also help raise awareness of detrimental ecological events that are occurring, such as the Delta water diversion project that is under heated debate right now.

An outdoor sports section would not only benefit those engaging in those sports, but also the casual reader, who needs to be exposed to a greater view of the world that they live in.

James Clifford

Piedmont

Mandela understood the duty of freedom

On Dec. 10, the world mourned the loss of a man some call a saint. Locked in prison, Nelson Mandela learned lessons few leaders ever understand. It is fitting his farewell coincided with the 65th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Bill of Rights.

As the winter chills and people without a place to call home die on our streets, it is a reminder of our feeble response to providing basic necessities to all people.

On Dec. 10 at St. Mary's Center in Oakland, a community of 75 people gathered to call out the names of those who have died on the streets.

There is no official list of names in Alameda County, though the elders who have walked in similar shoes remember many of their brothers and sisters who have slept on concrete and lost their lives too soon because of it.

Judy, an elder at St. Mary's, talked about the link between freedom and responsibility that Mandela understood. Perhaps we will take a moment to see in death what we can do in life.

Katrina Brekke-Miesner

Oakland

Sexting increases the chance of STDs

The recent article, "Do you know if your teen is 'sexting'?", caught us by surprise.

The article stated "the study surveyed 498 U.S. adolescents aged between 15 and 18 years, finding that most teens sext for attention, to lower the chances of catching STDs, and to find a romantic partner."

Although we do believe that adolescents sext for attention, we do not feel it is to lower the chances of catching sexually transmitted diseases or to find a romantic lover.

We disagree that teenagers sext to lower the chance of catching STDs because teenagers today are not cautious or worried about the consequences. They are more focused with the crowd they are associated with and doing whatever it takes to fit in and that is where the pressure lies to receive attention.

From what we have been exposed to, sexting leads teenagers to have sexual intercourse, which can expose them to STDs. Females are often pressured to send photos of themselves, believing that they will receive romance in return.

We feel it is very important for teenagers to stay mindful of what sexting can lead to.

Sreyneang Lim

Cristina Gonzalez

El Cerrito

Grace Saelee

Richmond

Obama has done exceptional job

President Barack Obama's performance has been exceptional, despite the Republicans in Congress.

The Republicans give a very low priority to moving the country ahead. Instead, they've adopted policies designed to thwart Obama, not to make America better. Since Obama's inauguration in January 2009, the Republicans have had only one goal/plan in mind: Block Obama, no matter the cost to our nation.

I can't give much respect to the congressional Republicans, considering their continual attempts to repeal, defund and somehow block the Affordable Care Act -- without offering an alternative to Obamacare.

Don't they know about the many bankruptcies caused by enormous medical bills uninsured or underinsured Americans are unable to pay?

Thurdell Wickliff

Richmond