Playing games with public's money not right

Once again our politicians are playing a game of high-stakes poker as they hold the populace hostage.

The last time the game was played, "fiscal cliff," the Republicans were the first to blink. Thus tax increases occurred but there were no budget cuts. Now the next game is being played, "sequestration." I would imagine the Republicans will not be the first to blink this time. Sequestration will become a reality as Democrats will demand more tax increases. The broad-based budget cuts required by sequestration will send our economy back into a recession. If our elected officials were the decision-makers in a private corporation, they most certainly would be let go for dereliction of duty. Well, we cannot fire all of Congress, but maybe we can sequester them!

John Adams

San Ramon

Budget cuts? Bring 'em on

I'd like to personally thank this newspaper for aiding and abetting in the president's fear-mongering over the sequestration cuts that he proposed.

Every day one of your headlines is about these cuts striking fear in the Bay Area. What a load of garbage. This sequestration isn't even close to the cuts we need. It won't make a dent in the deficit or the debt. The liberals already cut their revenue increases during the last manufactured presidential crisis called the fiscal cliff. If Obama thought he could demagogue and shame the Republicans into adding more revenue, he sadly misjudged the situation. Let the cuts begin!


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Mitchell Smith

Alamo

Thank Obama, cohorts for big sales of guns

A writer on March 1 says that the gun industry instills fear in the hearts of Americans in order to maintain its businesses and profitability.

Actually, the gun industry is so busy trying to catch up with the huge demand for guns and ammo that it doesn't have time to do anything but manufacture goods to meet the demand instilled by Obama and the rest of the left in Washington. Before he starts his own "blather" as he calls it, he should possibly state facts and not state nonsense as in his letter. Fact: there are hundreds of millions of guns in the United States and approximately 47 percent of American households own guns. Look it up.

Stu Hill

San Ramon

Cleansing every vestige of faith the real offense

This is an open letter to Mark Friedman, of the El Cerrito City Council.

I was employed by the Alameda County Office of Education for 20 years, up until three years ago. For the first 15 or so years we decorated for Christmas, involving the students (I worked at Juvenile Hall), had Christmas luncheons, activities, etc. This was a festive time that brought everyone together, except, of course, for the tyrannical minority of one person.

You see, one day one of the teachers (someone with your entitled mentality) put the kibosh on the whole thing by saying she was offended, separation of church and state, yada yada. And guess what? Yep, no more of ANY of that. She was also offended when we scheduled an employee workshop at San Damiano Retreat, a beautiful place in Danville, because of the religious icons on the walls, etc. Unbelievably, the assistant superintendent at the time sided with her and told the rest of us (100 employees) we were being insensitive. WHO was being insensitive?

What has this country come to? So many of our freedoms are being taken away. I urge you to get over yourself.

Kim Crow

Danville

It was voters, not Dems, who dumped Stark

It is amusing to note that as H. Tom Nelson criticizes Thomas Sowell for reinventing history, he is guilty of doing the same.

Democrats did not get rid of Stark. VOTERS got rid of Stark! I am pretty sure that the 47 percent or so of the vote that Stark got was Democrats. Therefore it was a lot of Independents and Republicans, along with enlightened Democrats, who helped get rid of that "geezer," as Nelson calls Stark.

As far as Sowell goes, I appreciate the Times for carrying him. Since I belong to one of the few minorities (Republicans) in the Bay Area that has no political voice representing them, it is nice to have something other than the weather to be proud of. I would also like to thank all of the folks who have written in complaining about Mallard Fillmore. I had quit reading the comics due to strips like Doonesbury. However their liberal whining caused me to check it out; so now I have a comic strip that appeals to me.

David E. Smith

San Ramon

On eyesores, pot is calling the kettle black

I found Tim Clancy's comments laughable regarding having to look at the proposed cemetery.

The property where he used to live on Lawrence Road is piled high with rubbish, junk, derelict trailers, tractors. a cement truck and other sundry eyesores that have lain wasting for at least 15 years. He didn't object to his neighbors having to look at his mess everyday. And it is even more interesting that Tim Clancy sold his property on Lawrence Road to Sid Corrie, the cemetery developer. Corrie hasn't done a thing to clean up the mess that was left by Clancy.

Tom Flood

Danville

City doesn't want planned regional theater

Sigh ... with all due respect for the few prominent people in Livermore who have worked very hard for the past 10 to 15 year to bring this "dream" regional theater to fruition, it appears that they have all fallen into the vision tunnel and in turn have now contracted the most paralyzing of all planning conditions, Tunnel Vision.

These people need to step out of the box they have all built around themselves, look around, and what they will see as they take an honest look at their community and what the people in it are saying about this "dream" they are driving toward is NOT the dream this community envisions!

I encourage this small community of hardworking "dreamers" to step back and ask the real question when it comes to whether this community actually wants this money-pit regional theater project to continue forward. Do we really want to watch the next step they propose of going to court, dragging their "big box" along with them while they continue to ignore the real wishes of this priceless community we live in? They continue to decline to ask the question of the community because, in my opinion, they just do not want to hear the answer -- that we really do not want the regional theater to be built. It's time, hardworking dreamers, to cut your losses and move on.

And, if you are still unsure whether the community wants this theater, bring it up for a citywide vote. We could all live with that, I'm pretty sure.

Sheran Clark

Livermore