Ryan hasn't learned
EDITOR: Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan just doesn't get it, even after his Republican Party lost the November election. Speaking at the National Review Institute's conference on the future of conservatism, Ryan insisted that Republicans must reject President Barack Obama's attempts to move the country forward, presumably as a way of accusing him four years from now of not accomplishing anything (“Ryan: GOP must be united against Obama,” Jan. 27).
The American people have had quite enough of this oppositional attitude. We want a House and Senate that work with the White House for the country, not against its president. This is a lesson Mitt Romney failed to learn in 2012, and it seems his running mate has not yet learned it as we begin 2013.
EDITOR: It's interesting (and telling) that the female members of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors want parity for our female youthful offenders, while the males, after “agonizing,” all voted for fewer classes and less professional, cheaper counselors for females (“Vote delayed on Sierra Center,” Wednesday). Discrimination is wrong. Period.
Cast your vote
EDITOR: Thank you for your coverage of the Boy Scouts' potential policy change, which would allow troops to consider ending discrimination based on sexual orientation. While the policy change put forward does not take a strong enough stand against discrimination, as Steven Cozza stated, “I do think it's a start” (“Scouts' shift on gays 'a start,' ” Thursday).
It was heartening to read that our local BSA organization has led and influenced this proposed policy shift.
Boy Scouts of America is accepting public input prior to a Feb. 6 board meeting. Please call (972) 580-2330; I did, and it took less than a minute. A representative will ask that you state whether you are for or against the policy, and with that one word, you've made a difference.