EDITOR: Leave it to the Associated Press to write another scare article. Instead of focusing on how people should play safely on bounce houses to reduce risk of injury, the AP told folks how injuries are up but forgot to stay that stupidity is up, too ("Big jump in bounce-house injuries," Monday). The picture associated with the article tells a big story without saying a word. It shows an adult, holding a baby no less, with children of various sizes bouncing together.
Always keep like-sized people together, and there are guidelines by age group and size of jumper on how many can safely play together. Jumpers should not be used as babysitters. Competent adult supervision is needed.
Many youth and adult activities involve risk. Many children have sustained injuries playing sports such as baseball, soccer, volleyball and gymnastics. And, for the really scared, we better limit participation in football, cheerleading, horseback riding, etc. Either live your life in a bubble or assume some personal responsibility, but you need not be scared of a bounce house.
EDITOR: Vern Henderson ("Single-party rule," Letters, Wednesday) compares our California Democratic Party supermajority to dictatorships in Germany (Hitler) and Russia (Stalin) among others. This is an apples and oranges comparison that shows a lack of understanding of our state government and the structure of our federal government. He makes no mention of the number of states under governance by the Republican Party where voter suppression and women's health care rights restrictions are among the goals of current legislation. He would do better to compare those states to dictatorships as the things they are doing are more in line with the practices of Hitler and Stalin. Even there, his comparison makes no real sense.
EDITOR: The U.S. government has called drones precise and high quality, yet anywhere from 18-45 percent of those killed are civilians. With this number of murdered civilians, hostility and anger toward the United States will inevitably increase. Pakistanis are afraid to meet in large groups, life is filled with stress and anxiety. People are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicide rates are rising.
We can now have wars with no U.S. casualties, meaning little U.S. public outcry. Our use of drones breaks national and international law. We assassinate people without any evidence, judge or jury, and no trial. We rely on computer screens to determine if the person or persons are guilty or suspicious. There is little evidence that we kill the men we intend to and little factual basis for our justification in killing people without a trial.
Despite the evidence against the so-called precision of these strikes, we now train more drone operators than real pilots. We need to stop killing and terrorizing innocent people. Drones should be abolished to protect the lives of innocents in other countries and the lives of U.S. citizens who our government puts in danger with its reckless use of drones.
<b>Obama and oysters</b>
EDITOR: With the closure of Drakes Bay Oyster Co. ("Oyster farm closing," Friday), the Obama administration shuttered a 70-year-old company that produced 40 percent of the state's oysters. If you voted for Barack Obama, this is what you voted for, and, yes, you are responsible. But at least that evil locally grown and sustainably produced oyster company is gone. Thanks for nothing.