Rover finds a new park site for the A's

Interesting to note that the first pictures that Curiosity, the Mars rover, sent back were for potential ballpark locations for the A's. Plenty of parking, too.

Elliott Chernin

Inverness

Feel better knowing the rich are protected

I was so relieved in reading the article regarding the thief at Steve Jobs' home that the police spent so many man-hours and so much money to track down the criminal who violated the sacred hallowed tech ground that Jobs walked and lived within.

It is good that the loot was recovered and we can all breathe a sign of relief.

I agree with the gentleman in the article who stated that this criminal was obviously an idiot and should receive a life sentence of hard labor, or else be executed. The lesson should be learned not to steal from the rich and powerful.

I just wish the public and the church would just hurry and make Steve Jobs the saint he deserves to be.

I know I feel better knowing that the rich, even if dead, are highly protected.

William Slone

Concord

Death penalty needs to stop being a joke

The Aug. 3 letter, "Death penalty is joke in California," is right on.


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We would all be surprised if the state would advertise the cost to house the people on death row. The cost for medical, dental, food, clothing, guards, etc., for life.

Polly Klaas was taken from her own home and murdered by Richard Allen Davis, a convicted criminal turned loose by the state.

He has been sitting in prison ever since, has no problems at all -- free meals, entertainment, educational material, clothing -- and does not have to work for one item. Yet, Polly's family must live out their lives without their daughter.

Scott Peterson killed his wife and baby, and is sitting in prison with all the privileges one could imagine -- except sitting outside prison. His dead wife's family is without her and the baby.

Some people protest when a convicted criminal is put in the death chamber, while the family of the murdered victims are hurting beyond reason.

California must stop making the death penalty a joke and get serious.

William and Marylyn Thompson

Alameda

Plans would hurt seniors in long run

Earlier this year, the GOP proposed replacing traditional Medicare with vouchers or stipends for private insurance. The amount would not be enough to keep up with medical inflation.

The Congressional Budget Office already found that plan would increase overall health care costs by $34 trillion over 75 years and increase out-of-pocket costs by $6,000 per senior per year.

Similarly, the Ryan-Wyden proposal would replace guaranteed health care benefits with vouchers.

This approach will lead private for-profit insurance companies to cherry-pick the healthiest seniors, leaving Medicare with sicker and more costly seniors, ultimately driving up its costs and crippling the program.

Bob and Joni Laurence

Antioch

Greed ignores common good

The gun violence debate raises many reasonable targets worthy of blame. There's no need to reiterate them all, but we would do well to consider what lies at their root.

All of these contributing causes will continue to be ignored as long as the decision-makers doing business in our society allow greater profits to remain their highest priority.

Just as the pharmaceutical industry, in its goal to sell as much of its drugs to as many people as possible, ignores real need or better options, so too do the manufacturers and sellers of weapons and violent video games ignore the same.

As long as the economy is driven by the endless desire for more personal gain, rather than real need, society will remain sick from its ignorance, arrogance, greed, corruption and the inability to consider the interests of all concerned.

Ron Greenstein

El Cerrito