Re "A call to mandatory national service" (Forum, July 20): Gerald Haslam's article is timely and, in my opinion, addresses many issues currently facing our great nation.
Re "Grizzly bears" (Forum, The Conversation, July 20): The letters regarding the grizzly were well intended, but their reasons for bringing the grizzly back were wrong.
Re "A view on Delta tunnels from south state" (Forum, July 20): Not one single question to the water director from Southern Caifornia about desalinization plants from the editorial board? And not one single comment from him about them either?
Re "Give breaks to California's poor, not defense firms" (Viewpoints, July 24): Colleen Rivecca and Frank Tamborello suggest that $1 billion for a new bomber is too much when 25 percent of Californians exist below the poverty line. The Center for Disease Control told us in April that the cost of not providing for early childhood development leading to abuse and neglect is in excess of $200,000 over that child's lifetime. Similar to the amount we now spend to care for diabetes and stroke.
Re "California's tech classes facing peril" (Capitol & California, July 20): Dan Walters put California on notice, but I disagree that "offering CTE is one of our best antidotes to the dropout crisis." Career Technical Education, aka vocational education, is as important, if not more important, than a bachelor's degree.
Re "A grizzly bear homecoming? A reality that bites" (Editorials, July 20): In trying to keep an open mind and find a solution to the prospect of grizzlies in the Sierra, I would suggest a legal instrument option by the Center of Biological Diversity. Make the center have a $10 million fully guaranteed bond in place for every human death caused by grizzly bears in the Sierra over the next 50 years.
Re "Culture of indifference" (Forum, July 13): This article has brought many responses from readers. Certainly our country cannot benefit from voters who don't care and don't understand the issues or candidates on the ballot. As Americans, we are fortunate to live in a democratic society. You can vote or not vote, you can educate yourself or not. By choosing not to vote, you have decided to let others make the rules for how you live. You have decided to forfeit a precious right that comes with being a citizen of this country.
Re "Judges use any argument they can to gut health care reform" (Viewpoints, July 24): E.J. Dionne Jr. rails against the federal appeals court that ruled correctly that Obamacare only funds subsidies for exchanges run by the states. Another court ruled that the feds could pay subsidies, basically saying that's what the law should have said and the fact that the law didn't say that should not impede its implementation.
Re "A grizzly bear homecoming? A reality that bites" (Forum, July 20): As your thoughtful editorial points out, the return of grizzly bears to California in 2014 makes no sense. California has a rich history in the last 100 years of preservation and conservation of our wild areas, as evidenced by three Sierra Nevada national parks and vast areas of wilderness in the Southern Sierra Nevada.
Nelson Mandela's birthday was last Friday. It is clear that the leaders of Israel and Palestine have paid no attention to his life story.
Re "Tax hikes didn't kill jobs" (Forum, July 20): I recall from years ago, statistics can mean anything you want them to, and that is exactly what David Cay Johnston attempted to accomplish in his article on job growth in California.
Re "Brown says border is humanitarian issue" (Capitol & California, July 24): The governor is correct in saying this is a humanitarian issue. Just as importantly, it is a taxpayer economic issue.
Re "Social Security's computers still broken" (Nation/World, July 24): Most large, complex computer projects are troubled by poor productivity and budget overruns. Large projects must be initially planned in progressive tasks with clear performance objectives and with the commitment of capable managers from both government and outside consultant. Both must jointly track progress and create change orders when required.
Re "A call to mandatory national service" (Forum, July 20): The call for required national service for able-bodied young Americans reflects a letter I sent advocating such a policy as a possible solution for youth criminal activity.
Re "A call to mandatory national service" (Forum, July 20): Thank you, Gerald Haslam, for your article. Finally, someone has brought attention to the fact that our young citizens should have to serve either in the military training or other volunteer organizations.
Re "The return of the grizzly" (Forum, July 13): This is a crazy recommendation. National parks in California have struggled to manage the black bears for decades, no matter if it is a human failure to control food and garbage in the parks and elsewhere.
Re "Alarcon convicted of voter fraud" (Capitol & California, July 24): It might have been helpful to give the political party affiliation of Richard Alarcon somewhere in the article. It identified Sen. Rod Wright's affiliation.
Re "Montana senator's thesis presented others' work as his" (Nation/World, July 24): As a professor, I can tell you that plagiarism is no small matter. It is often just cause for academic dismissal. This is because it is theft, like laundering money or stealing a car or patenting someone else's invention. When someone benefits from plagiarism the way Sen. John Walsh has, that theft has grand monetary and social consequences that should be treated under the law as felonies.
Re "Hamas didn't break peace" (Letters, July 24): Barbara Candy believes thousands of rockets and mortars launched at Israel since August 2013 were peace overtures. There's been no peace since Hamas took over Gaza. Virtually every day since 2001, there have been rockets and mortar shells launched at Israel.