Re "The Rich - and even richer - rule Congress" (Editorial, Sept. 14): Doug Ose, the Republican candidate, wants his old seat back. Ose accepted four pay raises and was the 10th richest House member in 2004. More importantly, Doug Ose's election would allow the do-nothing, vindictive Republicans yet another seat for their majority that increasingly caters to the wealthy and likes of the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove.
Re "Tom McClintock should have no fear of losing re-election, except this is a weird year" (Dan Morain, Sept. 14): Is it just me or is The Bee unusually obsessed with Tom McClintock? It may be a weird year in politics, but McClintock will have no problem defeating his faux moderate opponent.
Re "Tom McClintock should have no fear of losing re-election, except this is a weird year" (Dan Morain, Sept. 14): Dan Morain's article criticized Congressman Tom McClintock for living slightly outside his district in neighboring Elk Grove, but fails to mention the fact that his opponent Art Moore's employment is in Virginia, his National Guard assignment is in Maryland, and he rents a room in Roseville to claim residency.
Re "Tom McClintock should have no fear of losing re-election, except this is a weird year" (Dan Morain, Sept. 14): Morain's recent column on the CD-4 race leaves out important information.
Re "The rich - and even richer - rule Congress" (Editorial, Sept. 14): Many rich members of Congress don't understand that most poor and many middle-class Americans can't afford health insurance. If people have to choose between food and rent and health insurance, they don't get health insurance.
Re "Proposition 45 would undermine the Affordable Care Act, which is reason to oppose it" (Endorsements, Sept. 14): Proposition 45 would probably undermine the Affordable Care Act, but only incidentally. More importantly it would just add a new, unaccountable and permanent bureaucracy for political busy bodies with an ideological agenda to mess up health insurance even more. We don't need any more of that.
Re "Restaurants feel bite of climate change" (Forum, Sept. 14):Pat Mulvaney may be right about his concerns regarding this drought and its impact on food prices. He owns a restaurant. However, he is not a climatologist, meteorologist or geologist. Otherwise he would not imply that the drought could be permanent.
Re "Tom McClintock should have no fear of losing re-election, except this is a weird year" (Dan Morain, Sept. 14): Look no further than Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann's agenda to understand his support of Art Moore. Cann Campaigned for Supervisor prior to retiring from Yosemite. In 2012, he presented his "build-out" plan on 18 acres of Mariposa's town property to be sold to Yosemite Par.
Re "King Fire reaches 2,500 acres" (Our Region, Sept. 15): We are having more frequent American River Parkway fires. Now there's the King fire.
We can't afford teachers. We can't afford police. We can't afford mental health programs. We can't build homeless shelters.
Attention, criminals. Need to know where to conduct your breaking and enterings? Try all unincorporated areas of Sacramento County. Then again, you already know that.
Re "Brown sees rosy past - not reality" (Capital and California, Sept. 12): As a proud survivor of parochial education, I must respond to Dan Walters' comments regarding Pope Pius XII. Pius was personally responsible for saving thousands of Jews during World War II.
Re "3-foot gap for bikes is the law" (Our Region, Sept. 17): I already try to share the road and do what the law requires. However, many- not all- bike riders are arrogant scofflaws who have no respect for car drivers and even put themselves at risk in the process.
A reader writes California should kill The drive-thrus to reduce carbon emissions. Seriously? I think he would have to do the math on that one.
Re "US Senator ties NFL's tax status to Redskins" (SacBee.com, Sept. 17): I read with interest and agree with the attempt of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell to tie the tax status of the NFL in the attempt to change the name of the football team in Washington, D.C. Senator Cantwell is quoted "The NFL needs to join the rest of America in the 21st century."
Re "Bike riders should end ill manners" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): I don't own a car. I've been on my bike for several years now, so I take Dan Walters' column very personally, meaning he's right and I'm guilty of all the bicycle infractions he mentions.
Re "Disorder is a fraud" (Letters, Sept. 17): I am appalled at Victor Corbett's letter about fraud in the recent mental health disorder Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder diagnosis. My son and our family live with this disorder on a daily basis. I don't wish this on anyone.
Re "If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): With due sympathy to Hilary Abramsom and appropriate disgust for the irresponsible cyclist, I assert that Dan Walters' safety crusade is misplaced. This story is newsworthy because of its rarity. We do not expect cyclists to maim or kill pedestrians because it so seldom happens- so seldom that statistics do not exist.
Re "Disorder a fraud" (Letters, Sept. 17): While the author's assertion that drug companies make millions off newly described kids' mood maladies may be true, clearly the author does not have a family member afflicted.
The Bee has written in the past few months about a possible, pending, actual, imminent and now effective law regarding safety of bikers.
Re "3-foot gap for bikes is the law" (Our Region, Sept. 17): Tony Bizjak explains that the car in the photo did the right thing by slowing down and passing the four women when it was safe. However, there's no mention of these facts: they are riding two abreast, the woman in front is more than 3 feet from the one next to her, and there seems to be 3 feet or more between all of them and the curb.
Re "If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): Just by substituting another easily available observation of dangerous and inconsiderate behavior, Dan Walters' recent piece of curmudgeonry could have been titled "If drivers want the benefits of six decades of infrastructure planning and public policy devoted to them, they should act like they deserve it."
Re "Jordana Steinbergs story draws families attention to new childhood mood disorder" (Page A1, Sept. 13): As a licensed clinical psychologist, I am glad to see emotional dysregulation discussed as a means of understanding disruptive behavior and emotional distress, especially as an alternative to the labeling and medicating of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents.
Re "3-foot gap for bikes is the law" (Our Region, Sept. 17): Photo: Four women riding their bicycles in Davis, car to a near stop behind them.
Re "If bicyclists want safety and respect, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 15): I would love to invite Dan Walters to join me on my morning commute. We would bike from 27th Avenue off Franklin Boulevard toward the light rail station on 29th and R streets. It can be a race track.
Re "Four women will guide NFL abuse policies" (Page A1, Sept. 16): Harry Edwards is right-on. Alcohol figures in every case of abuse. So what? Prohibition is not the answer.
Re "Senator wants to strip NFL of tax-exempt status in light of abuse cases" (Page A1, Sept. 17): The Bee's first article about Adrian Peterson whupping his son with a branch appeared along with a full page on the deplorable conditions of California's kids in foster care. You could have added an article about the lack of fathers in the black community and discipline problems in our school system.
Re "Campaign against gas tax is foolhardy in the face of global warming" (Viewpoints, Sept. 15): Several letters in The Bee have expressed concern over the higher costs of gasoline and electricity if a gas tax is implemented in California. Putting a price on carbon emissions is a key solution to global warming, because the price of the products we consume then accurately reflects their true costs, including the costs of the climate damages they cause. For example, global warming intensifies droughts, and we're seeing those costs in California right now, especially to our agriculture.
Re "Urban Outfitters shows it's less than culturally sophisticated" (Editorial, Sept. 16): Long before the horrible Kent State T-shirt hit the shelves, I made a personal vow to never set foot in an Urban Outfitters store again. The crass, offensive, gutter-level mentality of their inventory was not worth my time or money.
Re "Defense!" (Cartoons, Sept. 17): Jack Ohman's editorial cartoon shows defense lawyers lined up, ready to defend NFL player transgressions. Ohman should also focus on the real issue: protecting TV revenues.
Re "Promote a cycling Solution" (Letters, Sept. 17): While I understand letter writer Al Hernandez might be concerned about cyclists' reputation, I agree with Dan Walters' observations about cyclists disobeying the traffic laws.
Re "Blood test cost varies widely" (Capitol & California, Aug. 16): The Bee ran a story about the wide range that hospitals charge for blood tests. Our own local labs also have a wide range even within the same lab.
Re "Big changes in policy get buried" (Capitol & California, Sept. 17): The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics states 1 in 9 construction workers are union and cost 30-35 percent more, not including employee benefits and employer payroll costs. That means the vast majority of construction uses experienced non-union workers.
Re "Elk Grove school district names Hoffman as new superintendent" (SacBee.com, Sept. 16): How can anyone think it is OK to spend approximately $280,000 a year with salary and expenses, for the new Elk Grove superintendent? I don't believe the superintendent should make more than the Vice President of the U.S.
Re "Bike riders should end ill manners" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): While I was moved when I read Dan Walters' account of his friend being struck by a bicyclist, I do not believe that one act of reckless behavior should be used to vilify everyone on two wheels.
Is anyone concerned that the Great Seal of Jefferson is a double cross? And is it coincidence that it's the same emblem used by Charlie Chaplin in "The Great Dictator," his brilliant satire on Hitler and Nazism?
Re "Campaign against gas tax is foolhardy" (Viewpoints, Sept. 15): The carbon gas tax is going to hurt our poorest members of society. If you want to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles, kill the drive-thru lifestyle.
Re "Bike riders should end ill manners" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): I've been bicycling in the Sacramento area for about 20 years and understand the reluctance to ride on the street, anticipating opening doors by inattentive drivers, cars making right turns without checking to the right, etc.
When the President of the United States comes before the American people and states; "I have a phone and a pen," that is a declaration of dictatorship.
Re "If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): Dan Walters uses a broad brush to paint all bike riders as ill-mannered based on two humans with bad manners. Dan, there are bad guys who participate in every event known to man. Even bad newspaper reporters shouldn't taint the activities of all reporters.
Re "If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): Dan Walters showed his arrogance when referring to the recent local government tax (for bicycles as something "that state legislators did for bicyclists recently."
Recent news on the fish killing in the McKinley Park Pond has residents disappointed at the sheer lack of basic understanding of pond maintenance by the Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation management. The pond is a great resource for folks that walk, run and wander around McKinley Park.
Re "Bike riders should end ill manners" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): I am a bike rider. Not a spandex-clad, happy-go-lucky "look at my bike" rider, but just a normal bike rider trying to get to and fro without a vehicle.
Re "A case for spanking" (Letters, Sept. 16): Sure make your case for spanking. Oh yeah, and be sure to blame too much government interference.
Re "Bike riders should end ill manners" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): It's wonderful to see more people using bicycles as an alternative to cars. However, it seems that many of them are unaware of the rules of the road for cyclists: the California Vehicle Code contains specific laws pertaining to bike riders, including riding with traffic, obeying all traffic signs and signals, when to take the traffic lane and of course, never to ride on the sidewalk.
Re "Marriott starts campaign for housekeeping tips" (Our Region, Sept. 16): It has gotten so old that every place you get any type of service has a tip jar to supplement the person's wage. The person handing you a cup of coffee, roll or whatever is supposedly being paid to do that job, but management allows a jar on the counter for tips.
Re "If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 15): Everyone has the right to be safe. This applies to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
Re "A case for spanking" (Letters, Sep. 16): It is my belief that in order to raise law-abiding children, their parents must first set a good example and then spend the enormous amount of time and patience that it takes to lovingly and respectfully teach them good values and morals. It is also my belief that unacceptable behavior displayed by the child should be dealt with in a consistent and fair way that will teach the child the kind of behavior that is expected by the parents and society.
Re "Mayor Kevin Johnson reassembling Think Big team to work on soccer bid" (Business, Sept. 16): Mayor Johnson is reforming the Think Big team to get a Major League Soccer franchise. The Think Big team was instrumental in Sacramento keeping the Kings and the same team is forming again to get the MLS.
Re "Bike riders should end ill manners" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): Dan Walters is right. If bicyclists want respect, they need to drop the arrogance and follow the rules. Anyone who doesn't know the rules can find out from the DMV, AAA or the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates sites.
Re "Bike riders should end ill manners" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): Cyclists should obey the law.
I support Proposition 47. This would make non-violent shoplifting of low dollar items misdemeanors so long as the store is open for business. There has been some mudslinging by the misinformed that this initiative will include burglary of firearms valued under $950. Not so. Theft of firearms from a gun store is currently a strikeable offense regardless of value, and would not be covered by Proposition 47.
Re "Brown sees rosy past, not reality" (Capitol & California, Sept. 15): In Dan Walters' column, he addresses Jerry Brown's assertion that the 1950s was .a world that worked, and it worked well." After lambasting Brown's assertion, Walters finishes his column with "Isn't it odd, however, that the two politicians Democrat Brown singles out in his rosy soliloquy were Republicans?"
Re "If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): I'm an old broad who walks the river parkway daily. I have noticed that bicycle riders have changed the area. Small children are now held tightly instead of ambling free down the path. Riders speed, run stop signs and yell "On your left" as the newest entitlement group runs rough shod over walkers, jogger, strollers and leashed dogs.
Re "Obama targets coolant to curb global warming" (Nation/World, Sept. 16): Current use of the Freon 134A coolant raised the global temperature 0.11 degrees in the past two decades. While this is an enormous amount by environmental activists standards, statistically it is meaningless.
Re "Bike riders should end ill manners" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): I agreed with Dan Moran's bicycle article until I got to the last two paragraphs. Suggesting that bicyclists sould bear the cost of bike lanes or paths is absurd. Will the next suggestion be that pedestrians pay some of the costs for sidewalks or walking paths? I doubt it.
Re "Six Californias campaign was chance to look at disparity in state" (Editorial, Sept. 16): You argue in favor of putting the Six Californias initiative on the ballot that would have spotlighted the unequal division of assets and liabilities throughout our state.
Re "Bike riders should end ill manners" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): We have biked Sacramento for over 30 years: for work, recreational biking and as many errands as possible. Although many of his points were right-on, Dan Walters went a bit too far when he stated that bikers should be willing to pay for bike lanes and road marking, "rather than making motorists pick up the tab."
Re "Governor should veto groundwater policy" (Viewpoints, Sept. 13): The article ignores the public and stakeholder input that went into the recently passed groundwater legislation. The bills took shape as a result of more than six months of public meetings and hearings with input from water districts, farmers, businesses, environmental groups, community groups, homeowners and others across the state.
Re "NFL rocked again by a charge" (Page A1, Sept. 13): People were rightly outraged when Ray Rice was seen beating his fiancee. The NFL has suspended him indefinitely. Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson has admitted to beating his 4-year-old son with a switch leaving him with cuts and bruises on his back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum. He is expected to play this Sunday with the Minnesota Vikings.
Re "Campaign against gas tax is foolhardy" (Viewpoints, Sept 15): Yet another gas tax for California. The writer suggests that it is in our best interests to pay more for gas to help our children. The big oil companies make record profits every quarter, then suggest that prices are due to supply and demand. They need to return some of that money to these problems that are derived from their products.
Re "Campaign against gas tax is foolhardy" (Viewpoints, Sept. 15): Professor Paul Steinberg must be living on "Giligan's Island" if he thinks that a $.45 increase gas tax on top of the highest gas tax in the nation will help anyone. The poor and middle class can ill-afford such an increase.
Re Sacramento's power players line up behind strong-mayor plan" (Our Region, Sept. 6): One who has been there must ask: exactly what do the advocates for a "strong" mayor want a mayor to do that he or she cannot do under the present system?
Re "The rich- and even richer- rule Congress" (Editorial, Sept. 14): Your editorial hit the mark that too many millionaires in Congress can lead to skewed priorities and thinking, which won't build either a stronger middle class or a richer nation. This is one reason why we support the re-election of Dr. Ami Bera over Doug Ose in the 7th Congressional District race.
Re "Foodies pig out at Farm-to-Fork kickoff" (Our Region, Sept. 15) : After perusing the article about the pig roast on Sept. 14, it was apparent to me that Patrick Mulvaney of Mulvaney's B&L restaurant and others at the event hadn't viewed the documentary "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret." If they had, they'd be aware that raising animals for food is having a devastating effect on our planet.
Tax inversion has become rather popular these days. You know, the tactic of moving a company's headquarters abroad or joining forces with a foreign company to avoid the domestic tax rate?
Re "Obama's measured strategy against the Islamic State is the right approach" (Kansas City Star editorial, Sept. 12): President Obama is right about combating ISIS, but there is a failure to recognize the global reach of Islamic extremism. We are allying ourselves with despotic regimes like Saudi Arabia that impose Shariah law and beheadings routinely.
Re "Help the disabled by fixing ADA scams" (Editorial, Sept. 13): I compliment the board for tackling this sensitive subject. As the father of a son who has had to use a wheelchair for almost 15 years due to muscular dystrophy, I have mixed emotions on the issue.
Re "Trying to hit the brake on texting while driving" (Page A1, Sep. 15): Matt Richtel does an excellent job explaining the technical and legal issues with Scott Tibbits' Katasi device that would block texting while a vehicle is in motion. Such technical solutions should, of course, be investigated, but meanwhile let's use all of the tools at our disposal to help curb the dangerous practice.
Re "Chiang is best choice for state treasurer" (Endorsements, Sept. 15): The Bee considers Chiang as the best choice? Not a good choice but the best. If this doesn't show people that The Bee is no longer a relevant news source but an overpriced Penny Saver full of advertisements and reprints of other newspapers' articles, with an editorial board that will support any Democrat for office who can draw a breath, I don't know what will.
Re "Jordana Steinbergs story draws families attention to new childhood mood disorder" (Page A1, Sept. 13): Drug manufacturers stand to make millions, if not billions, off the newly described kids' mood malady, "disruptive mood dysregulation disorder," as they did off of the pills they sold to combat ADHD.
Re "Campaign against gas tax is foolhardy" (Viewpoints, Sept 15): Professor Paul F. Steinberg claims the campaign against increasing our gas tax is causing families anxiety and that while it may hurt, "our gas consumption is hurting even more."
The morning newspaper with my coffee is a longtime, enjoyable ritual before facing the day. However, pleasure is being outweighed by the growing irritation of fighting through pages of ads to unearth the columns of news.
Re "Pig Roast attracts 900 feasters" (Our Region, Sept. 15): It saddened me to see the photos of pigs being roasted at Raley Field. Apparently, 20 pigs were slaughtered so that people could eat them. There were a handful of animal rights protesters there to show their distaste.
Re "State poised to restrict groundwater pumping," (Page A1, Sept. 15): The Bee's article on proposed groundwater legislation did not mention that of the three bills sent to the governor, one (SB 1168) exempts most of Southern California from the controls that AB 1739 imposes on the rest of California. While the assembly bill addresses the issue of groundwater management and control, the two Senate bills are but pandering to Southern California by exempting them from the controls and costs of the proposed legislation.
Re "Campaign against gas tax is foolhardy" (Viewpoints, Sept 15): An article on the looming carbon tax is necessary because of global warming. However, Paul Steinberg doesn't explain how throwing money into California's coffers will alter climate change, admitting, "We must hold regulators accountable for where and how the resulting revenues are spent."
Re "A careful approach on personal details" (Forum, Sept. 7): Agreed. The article on Jordana Steinberg and her family was respectful and sensitive, but where was the respect and sensitivity in the article on Debra Bowen six days later? It felt like I could have been reading the National Enquirer.
I live in a small town north of Sacramento in Colusa County where life is largely agrarian-based. I have written letters addressing many issues over the years. This latest issue almost has me in tears. I have learned that someone has accusing the Farmer's Rice Cooperative of misrepresentation.
Re "Shining a light on border crisis" (Forum, Sept. 7): Some say this is not a black and white issue. I say it is. If we are going to have borders, then we should guard and protect them at all times. If not, then just open up all borders for everybody worldwide to migrate to wherever they want to and set up shop.
Re "An environmentalist makes the case for high-speed rail" (Forum, Aug. 31): I agree with the ideas in the article, except the estimate for annual carbon dioxide or CO2 emission benefits when the train is up and running between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Our governor has said that this train is more about connecting people, and I agree.
Re "A story of overcoming" (Page A1, Aug.31) and "A careful approach on personal details" (Forum, Sept. 7): I applaud all contributors for two excellent articles and the two-way dynamic of courage, honesty, and sensitivity. Both stories provided heartfelt responses by the readers.
Re "Heads banging as fest begins" (Our Region, Sept. 14): Aside from its issues with the Save the American River Parkway Association, the county received noise complaints last year from South Natomas residents when the Aftershock concert was increased to two days and the racket started up again Sunday morning shortly after 9 a.m.
Re "A careful approach on personal details" (Forum, Sept. 7): I notice a significant discrepancy in tone with two recent articles regarding mental health issues. The sensitivity Joyce Terhaar notes in Cynthia Craft's article about Jordana Steinberg's battle with childhood mood disorder was completely lacking in Patrick McGreevy's article about Secretary of State Debra Bowen's struggle with depression.
Re "Brown needs to answer EPA on impact of Delta tunnels" (Forum, Sept. 7): EPA regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld in his letter states what I have heard nobody else say, and he is dead-on. He indicates a decreased reliance on the Delta. The EPA also stated that a plan for "greater fresh water flows through the Delta" was needed.
Re "Paid sick leave a humane and sensible right" (Editorial, Aug. 28) and "Tesla lured with giant incentives" (Dan Morain, Sept. 7): The editorial board and progressive politicians easily conclude that California businesses have a moral, humanitarian obligation to provide paid sick leave. This is described as a basic worker's right: the right to be paid, for not working.
Re "Governor should reject groundwater legislation" (Viewpoints, Sept. 13): I am not surprised these two farmer participants in the Northern California Water Association would argue against the latest attempts by the state to regulate their water usage including their sales to Southern California of their excess. They claim their members are paying thousands to hire well drilling contractors. How sad.
Re "Casino workers notified of possible closure" (Nation/World, Sept. 12): People and Republicans are against unions fighting for their members. Here is a case where the unions will fight for employees' working conditions. Left up to the Republicans, employers and Trump, they would rather employees lose their health benefits and retirement hopes to champion the bottom line profits and line their own pockets.
Re "Governor should reject groundwater legislation," (Viewpoints, Sept. 13): The article about legislation on the governor's desk that would put state controls on ground and surface water is very informative.
Re "Where is tenant's responsibility" (Letters, Sept. 11): Letter writer Donna McCloskey listed a number of interesting questions regarding "Woman with kids battles eviction." Are the premises clean? What has she done to help herself? Where is her responsibility to her family? How old are her two kids? Indicting, I guess, that they might be able to get jobs. Does she have a job?
Re "With Peterson out, Vikings promote Banyard" (Sports, Sept. 13): Reading the Associated Press wire story, one question passed my mind: how come we never hear about domestic violence cases in the NHL, MLB or NBA?
Re "NFL rocked again by a charge" (Page A1, Sept. 13): This world is a mess. You take God out of the school and parents' rights away from the parent, and you wonder why our children grow up to be messy adults.
Re "ADA has failed to protect from lawsuit extortion" (Editorial, Sept. 13): The solution to this frustrating problem is really quite simple. The problem is not the Americans with Disabilities Act. The problem is California's private right of action.
Re "Judge gives Wright 3-month jail sentence" (Page A1, Sept. 13): Sen. Rod Wright has now been found guilty of eight felonies and sentence has been imposed, but surprise, surprise he still collects $8,000 a month from the taxpayers of California while he's in jail.
Re "NFL rocked again by a charge" (Page A1, Sept. 13): I was a student athlete when the anabolic steroid craze began. I avoided using them because I feared for my health. Many of my peers, however, saw it differently. Supposedly serious athletes would use any competitive edge they could get.
Re "Tesla factory loss, California's benefit" (SacBee.com, Sept. 13): Only a Democratic governor with his head in the sand would say that losing the Tesla Battery plant to Nevada, with its 20,000 jobs and a 100 billion dollar impact on Nevada's economy was a benefit to California, because it would put more electric cars on our highways.
Re "An easy fix for ADA abuses" (Editorial, Sept. 13): A statue that is vague and provides for private enforcement is guaranteed to be abused by predatory attorneys. This statute is a prime example. It requires that owners make reasonable accommodations for disabled people and leaves owners open to the charge that whatever they do is not reasonable. This is in addition to benign technical violations.
Re "Analysts doubt Islamic State threat to US" (Page A12, Sept. 11): U.S. intelligence agencies and other analysts are questioning whether ISIS is a really an immediate threat to the United States. History tells us religious wars, with killing of innocents, have gone on nonstop in the Middle East for the past thousand years or more and, after President Obama's current attempt to fix things, will likely go on for another thousand years.
Re "Debra Bowen should have revealed depression earlier" (Capitol & California, Sept. 9): Naturally, we feel compassion for someone with mental health problems. However, Dan Walters correctly described the failures of the secretary of state's office under Debra Bowen's administration. And, local elections officials note they are just fine conducting the November election without her.
"Oops" is one of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's most famous responses. I never thought I'd hear that refrain from the White House.