Obama has no plan for fixing economy

Blaming the rich seems to be President Barack Obama's only solution to there not being a level playing field. Instead, let's blame his failed economic policies. After five years, we still have no jobs.

The rich are blamed for being rich, for being successful, hardworking entrepreneurs.

Obama is rich, Congress is rich, White House members are rich. If we want equality, let us start by stopping the endless perks there.

We would be shocked to realize the billions saved if we stopped the perks. Capitalism is private money, not tax money. They, too, have perks, but it is not my tax money that pays for their indulgence.

Both parties protect the rich because they want to stay rich. Both give lip service to wanting to help the downtrodden. The poverty rate climbs because the economic policies have not produced jobs. There are more and more federal entitlement programs, but no jobs.

Entitlement programs help people in poverty, but they do not help people out of poverty. Taxing the rich will not produce jobs. The president has no solution or understanding of what he can or should do. There is only an abyss, a bottomless pit going down, down, down.

Edna Pucci

Oakland

Sherman's behavior overshadows team

Football is a game of strategy and strength, played by individuals who each possess a unique skill. These individuals contribute their skills to play as a cohesive unit called a team.

The Jan. 19 playoff game was an excellent display of each team's talents.

How did it become acceptable for one individual to act as Richard Sherman did after the playoff game? And how can he be defended for such outrageous behavior? Does this mean that rants will become commonplace?

It is indeed unfortunate that this bad behavior overshadowed all of the accomplishments of both teams.

Clara Di Bona

Hayward

Writer omitted some very critical details

The author of a Jan. 22 letter offers a laundry list of supposed nefarious actions of Israelis against Palestinians. Allow me to suggest how to remedy her accusations:

If Palestinians would come to the peace table in good faith, there would be no military rule. If Palestinians would stop sending suicide bombers into Israel, there would be no wall. If Palestinians would stop throwing rocks at Israeli cars, there would be no restrictions on road use. If Palestinians stopped building without permits on land they don't even own, there would be no home demolishing. If Palestinians stopped organizing terror groups to cross into Israel and do damage, there would be no need for the Israeli soldiers to enter the West Bank or Gaza and make arrests.

On numerous occasions the Israeli army has been noted for acting with the utmost concern for minimizing civilian casualties. While the justice that the letter writer so strongly seeks is important, she fails to mention the value of protecting oneself and family from deadly harm.

Phil Smaller

Palo Alto

Calling charity first helps with donation

This is response to the recent letter about scavengers taking donations.

I have had the same problem. So now I call the charity, give them the time and pickup date, tell them the donation will be on the porch or up the driveway, and that I have notified them of this because there will be no donation left if I put it out on the curb.

They are always grateful for the call. They can then notify their driver so that it is not missed because it's not in plain sight.

Ellen Smith

San Lorenzo

Consider water usage penalties

This is in response to recent articles regarding California's drought and the request for a 20 percent reduction in water use.

In our home, we already use low-flow toilets and shower heads; seldom take baths; don't flush after each use; have no lawn; and save all warm-up water and pasta/vegetable water to water plants.

Our water use per day for the two of us is on average 100 gallons. Over the holidays, with five extra people in the house, our usage was only 117 gallons a day. If the average household usage is 192 gallons a day, then we are already 40 percent below average.

My point is, some of us have already done our part and I am hoping no penalties will be imposed if we don't or can't reduce an additional 20 percent.

Possibly penalties could be imposed if water usage is more than 154 gallons a day, which is a 20 percent reduction from 192 gallons. Then, those who use more water would have an incentive to reduce, if civic responsibility isn't enough.

Dottie Heckman

Richmond