Grant Shaw

Social Security is just a Ponzi scheme

Contrary to what Gene Lyons wants you to believe (Another View, Nov. 3), Social Security is a Ponzi scheme and like all Ponzi schemes, it will eventually collapse. Ponzi schemes ar ...

Petroglyphs might be graffiti

It was an interesting article in the Auburn Journal about Native American petroglyphs (Journal, July 17). Maybe they are really just graffiti created by the teenagers of their day. ...

Provide numbers on train costs

Your article on the Capitol Corridor train (Journal, Feb. 17) was interesting, but it left out the one piece of information that I would really like to know, which is the amount o ...

You can lie with stats and facts

I once read a book titled “How To Lie with Statistics.” You can also lie with the facts. Will Smith is right when he says that nothing in the original Community Reinvestment A ...

Don’t let facts get in the way

Re: letter writers Grant Shaw (Nov. 7) and Ann Laman (Nov 15.) It was not the greedy and out-of-control business interests who caused the latest economic disaster. No, it was the l ...

Recession made in Washington

Now that the election is over and California voters have settled on the fast track to bankruptcy, we can turn our attention back to making sure we understand the main cause of our ...

Government has its uses

Grant Shaw needs to go back to Econ 1A (Reader Input, Sept. 26.) It is not government regulations that lead to economic meltdowns. The Community Reinvestment Act that Shaw cites w ...

Vote liberal for a life worth living

In answer to Grant Shaw, (Reader Input, Sept. 26): What? The banks were drug, kicking and screaming, forced by government regulations (and liberals) to give mortgages to people who ...

Attribute blame accurately

My name is not John, but I want to answer just one of Kim Bryant’s questions (Reader Input, Sept. 22) which was: “Please tell us, John, exactly how did our elected leaders crea ...

Will our society self-destruct?

For a culture to survive it must have a fertility rate of 2.11 children per family. A society with a fertility rate of between 1.9 and 1.4 has never survived, although it may be te ...