Ryan values truth, so he uses it sparingly

The fact checkers have it all wrong about Paul Ryan.

What they don't realize is that he has such immense respect for the truth that he uses it very sparingly.

Richard Seiden

Oakland

Baffling decision about front-page coffee shop

I was surprised to see an article about a San Jose coffee shop on the front page. Please explain to me:

1. Why a fancy coffee shop is front-page news.

2. Why such a story merits front-page coverage complete with pictures.

3. Why Oakland would care about a San Jose enterprise.

I look forward to the news department doing better. This is an election year, we have a war going on, the economy is down the tubes, yet housing costs are up, etc., ad nauseam. There is better front-page news options.

Jocelyn Graef

Oakland

A bizarre benefit for noncitizens

Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured, but not everyone must prove they are a citizen.

Now add this: Many of those who refuse or are unable to prove they are citizens, will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens.

Rodney A. Affonso

Union City

Maybe Quan can stay and mess up Charlotte

It is appropriate that Oakland's estimable Mayor Jean Quan will take the week off from her important job as chief apologist for the swine, thugs, murderers and all-around cretins as she is off to Charlotte for the big Democratic convention.

There in her comfortable milieu, she can hobnob with like-minded fools deluding herself into the belief that she is a player in the real world of politics, and that notwithstanding that the preponderance of Oakland taxpayers consider her to be a colossal dunderhead who embarrasses our town day after day after day with her declarations.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Oakland is a murder capital with deserted streets, citizens trapped within their homes, locked tight behind their fortified doors. Great town, fun times, especially if you are tight with Quan and her gang of union thugs, nonprofit profiteers and gangster wannabes who pretty much do whatever the heck they feel like in this violent, scary, police-deprived hellhole.

Maybe we can get her to stay in Charlotte and screw up their town.

Jonathan C. Breault

Oakland

Must work for justice, if you want peace

An Aug. 29 letter on Gaza omitted the historical context of terrorism in Palestine.

In July 1946, Irgun, a right-wing Jewish organization, bombed the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing 91 and injuring 46.

In 1948, Jewish terrorists expelled 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and destroyed their villages. Benny Morris, an Israeli historian, puts the number of massacres at 24. Ilan Pappe, also an Israeli, documents these events in his book, "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine."

In Jerusalem, in September 1948, a Zionist group assassinated Count Folke Bernadotte, the U.N. mediator in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Ben-Gurion, Yitzhak Shamir, Menachem Begin and others committed acts of terror against the British and Palestinians and later became prime ministers of Israel.

Today, Israel uses force to dispossess the Palestinian people and build illegal settlements in the West Bank. Recently, Israeli settlers in the West Bank viciously attacked innocent Palestinians while the Israeli army looked on.

Israel was born in violence. It has no regard for human rights or international law.

If you want peace, work for justice.

Nabil Wahbeh

Oakland

Two ways to examine Komen funding loss

The Sept. 3 article about the Komen Foundation's drop-in donations brought to mind the reason my donations came to a halt.

The pro-choice individuals made much noise about the foundation's decision to cease its funding to Planned Parenthood, which allows some of the funding for abortions.

But how many pro-life individuals, who had not known about the funding to Planned Parenthood, suddenly stopped their donations when this news broke? I am horrified to think that any of my previous donations may have been used to snuff out the life of an innocent fetus.

The pro-choice people made noise, but the pro-life people silently, but remorsefully, closed their pocketbooks.

Mavis Sonnier

Walnut Creek