Re "Mr. President, let the photographers in" (Forum, Joyce Terhaar, Dec. 8): Executive Editor Joyce Terhaar complains that President Barack Obama is depriving press photographers of appropriate access to White House activities and quotes James Asher regarding allegations that the administration is cutting "information that the nation needs to assess how the current administration is doing its job." Terhaar cites a photographic example of the ill wrought upon the press: A shot of the current president with his daughters. In contrast, she cites an example of press access: a photo of then-Vice President George H.W. Bush, exhausted after a run. (News flash: Most people look exhausted after a run.) I disagree. One doesn't need pictures of the president and his family to understand how the current administration is doing its job. In fact, what the president does with his family should remain private and is irrelevant to how the government performs. I give kudos to President Obama for having the guts to inject some privacy into the lives of him and his family.
-- Mark Paxson, Sacramento