Here's a thought, just don't read comic

Wow. I've never seen such fuss over a couple of comic strips.

Doonesbury has been around a long time. Mallard Fillmore is just a newer strip, which apparently happened to make its debut at election time. I think, if anything, Mallard is funnier.

To those who don't like it, don't read it.

There have been a number of strips over the years that I personally didn't like. So I just skipped reading those.

Tom Matarrese

Oakland

Israel simply cannot afford to be restrained

Let's be clear about who started this round between Israel and Gaza. Since the beginning of the year, more than 800 rockets and mortar shells have been fired at Israel. This never seems to make the news until Israel finally says, "enough" and fires back.

Ahmed Jabri, the head of Hamas' military wing, was targeted because he was directly responsible for executing terror attacks. But the first strike was those 800 rockets for a year on Israeli civilians and that should be noted in every report.

So, if you read in the papers or hear on TV or radio the claim that Israel by responding to terror in its borders is squandering peace and "reacting disproportionately," I hope that you consider that Israel cannot afford restraint when its children are fleeing for their lives at the sound of warning sirens, and the sound of falling missiles are overhead.


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Sheree Roth

Palo Alto

Palestinian people have rights as well

During the current Israeli-Hamas engagement in Gaza, President Barack Obama said, "Israel has the right to defend itself." He sounded as if he were Israel's spokesman.

The Palestinian people have human rights, too. They have the right to resist Israel's oppression and colonial occupation.

The Palestinians have been negotiating with Israel for 19 years without any results. Israel controls all of Palestine. It is building illegal settlements and separation walls in violation of international law. Israel is becoming an apartheid state.

For the past five years, Israel has imposed an illegal blockade on Gaza to starve 1.5 million Palestinians living in an open-air prison. Israel attacks any boat carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.

In 2008-09, Israel invaded Gaza and killed 1,400 Palestinians, one-third were children and women. Gaza is still in ruins.

You and I pay for every bullet, rocket, tank and F-16 that the Israeli army uses. Every year, we give Israel $3 billion in military aid.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not 6,000 miles away. On Capitol Hill, the Israel lobby occupies the U.S. Congress.

Nabil Wahbeh

Oakland

Touching story about a touching situation

Thanks to the paper for the touching picture of Secilia Small, the newly adopted 3-year-old in the arms of her new mother, Danielle Small ("Finding a home at last," Nov. 17). Both had huge smiles.

Something about 3-year-olds; the trust. The feeling that everyone is honest and good, of being blissfully unaware of all the things that can make you worried and upset.

From the musical, "Oklahoma," Curly sings the line, "everything's goin' my way."

Marv Tripp

Oakland

Politics in Richmond must not regress

I'm a 69-year-old, longtime high schoolteacher and retail manager. Upon my wife's retirement in 1997, we returned to my boyhood Richmond neighborhood.

We settled in redeveloped Marina Bay. Across the tracks, whole neighborhoods were in shambles; Richmond was nearing bankruptcy, and we were running through police chiefs. The City Council and city manager were dysfunctional and appeared controlled by our largest employer, Chevron.

Since then, we've had three mayors and a city manager, assisted by an increasingly independent council, whose emphasis is on Richmond and its residents instead of corporations.

Richmond is solvent and has a professional police force. Neighborhood improvement projects are completed weekly. While I disagree with some of the progressive agenda, I appreciate the many improvements.

The effect of millions spent by Chevron, the beverage industry, and Chamber of Commerce corporate members can be very negative. Two council members were elected with significant Chevron support.

Richmond's safety depends upon the safety of Chevron's operation. Chevron's intent to continue using a potentially dangerous pipe product doesn't speak well for our future.

We've recently escaped from corporate domination of our rapidly improving Richmond. Let's not go back!

Larry Mundy

Richmond