Train horn sounds like sick fog horn
I am totally dumbfounded by the letters from people who enjoy the sound of the train horn. That's not a train horn, that's a sad drone, kind of like a sick fog horn. I live on the Westside about 100 yards from the train tracks and I think that the new train is an innovative idea. But come on Iowa Pacific, please install a horn that actually sounds like a train going by.
Doug Lang, Santa Cruz
Conservative values flawed
Two conservative flaws come to mind. First, that there is an elite class, and, secondly, that they're it. Hence their eagerness to defund public education, as if thinking that those aspiring to something less than the top rung on the ladder are somehow deficient, and should constantly be struggling for their next meal. The 1960s happened because of societal prosperity allowing people to explore internally, not just accepting their supposed place within the status quo. Rebels did not refuse to conform, many were unable to, a fact lost upon more than a few parents of that time. Lots of quirky little communities now abound throughout the land because different was excluded for so long.
Dave Long, Santa Cruz
Amy Goodman's column, "It's the occupation, stupid," is written backwards. It should have read, "Hamas has fired hundreds (sic ... over 4,000) rockets into Israel" then "Israel began a seven-day assault" on Gaza, in an attempt to silence the nonstop rocket attacks. She talks about children of Gaza who require psychological counseling after seven days of retaliatory bombing, without mentioning the psychological trauma of the children in Israel's towns who have suffered psychological trauma for years. Ninety percent of the streets of Sderot, for example, have suffered direct hits from Gazan rockets. The truth is that there is no Israeli occupation of Gaza. Israel left Gaza in 2005, taking all of the soldiers and civilians and even their graves with them. The blockade is entirely the result of terror attacks, including rockets, from Gaza, using rockets imported from Iran. In fact, terror attacks from Gaza have been ongoing since 1948.
Dr. Noel Fishman, Santa Cruz
Where is this Planet Romney?
Dell Wagner claims that America lost its "moral soul" because 60.7 million plus voted for Obama. Hmmm ... What does the 59 million who swallowed Romney's lies say about their "moral soul?" Romney claims to have created 100,000 jobs under his watch while at Bain Capital. Fully discredited. Romney said Obama claimed his stimulus plans would create 9 million jobs. Never said it. Romney claimed Obama cut defense spending, doubled the deficit, robbed Medicare of $716 million, and removed the work requirement for welfare recipients. Brash ploys in deceptive misrepresentation of accounting time frames. Mitt promised his budget plan would not cut taxes on the wealthy and conversely not raise taxes on the middle class, The opposite is true and The Center for Tax Policy soundly debunked both. I ask the 59 million who entered Romney's alternate universe: What does your belief in these lies speak of your "moral soul?"
Haig White, Santa Cruz
Mr. Morgan looks to be doing OK
It's difficult to feel sorry for Herb Morgan ("A donation? Stop taking my money first," published in Sunday's Sentinel), who feels unable to make at donation to his alma mater, UC Santa Cruz, on account of his taxes going up in 2013. This means that he and his wife are grossing at least half a million dollars a year. He has one child in college, and another in high school. Surely they can cut expenditures enough to get by as well as continue charitable donations!
Jane Zones, San Francisco
Overhaul comics page, please
On my daily to-do list is reading the comic section. There's a need to overhaul the section starting with dropping the "Lio" and "Mutts" strips, which are just not funny. Bring back "B.C." Love that caveman humor.
Neville Owen, Santa Cruz
Stones still rock
In regard to a recent Wallace Baine column, The Stones are not going gentle into that good night. I was one of the lucky teenagers that rocked to their first appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show." They are raging against the dying of the light. You try jumping around on stage for an hour like Mick does, entertaining thousands of people and see how you fare. To my delight, I applaud them, over and over and over again! Not dead yet, and still a Stones fan!
Kathy Runyon, Santa Cruz
I agree with pretty much everything Wallace Baine has to say about The Rolling Stones. They have definitely been off their game for about three decades. But then, if I had produced 20 or 30 of the greatest rock 'n' roll songs of all time, I might feel differently. I might actually enjoy playing "Jumpin' Jack Flash" for the 10,000th time. And as for the $800 ticket price, no big surprise there. The Stones have always been in it for the money. Relax, Wallace. Its only rock 'n' roll.
Michael Miller, Santa Cruz