Ron PAITICH

Reader Input: Solar leads in reliability

Les Polette wrote that we should expand our use of fossil fuels (“Expand our use of fossil energy,” Reader Input, Jan. 29). In addition, he criticized “…ex ...

Reader Input: Respect work of the scientists

The president recently dictated that emissions from coal-fired plants must be reduced. This resulted in predictable denial of the effects of CO2 on global warming. The mantra of th ...

Reader Input: US health care costs too high

Scott Johnson’s letter, “Happy with new insurance” (Reader Input, Dec. 26), resulted in many online comments criticizing him for taking a subsidy to reduce his in ...

Reader Input: Americans pay more, get less

Most discussion about health care misses a key point: Health care is more costly in the U.S. than in any other industrialized nation, costing us 18 percent of our GDP. Japan (healt ...

It’s politics first, country second

The fiscal cliff inexorably approaches. One reason a compromise solution wasn’t reached is the “Hastert Rule.”  This rule allowed a few GOP representatives i ...

Reader Input: Writer reveals great ignorance

Dee Nann writes (“Fantastic job, Mitt Romney," Reader Input) that if Obama is elected again we “... will end up being Nazi Germany. “ This statement is the ...

Improve future for women

This week Republican Todd Akin trashed U.S. women claiming “legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy. He apologized, but one must conclude that this is how he thinks. GOP Sena ...

Family planning a personal issue

Jobs and debt are the biggest challenges facing our country, but abortion and birth control consume a disproportionate amount of discussion among GOP presidential candidates. These ...

Grover Norquist calls GOP shots

GOP representatives appear to have blocked the payroll tax cuts proposed by the administration. Ninety-eight percent of GOP members of the House signed a pledge to Grover Norquist ...

Tax boost will diminish deficit

Our country’s budget deficit comes as no surprise. We continue to fund two wars and are still saddled with $1 trillion in tax cuts from the previous administration. Income taxes ...

Vote-by-mail the way to go

There’s been a lot of proper anger over the expense necessitated by the two recent elections to fill Ted Gaines’ Assembly seat. Voter turnout was low; a friend who worked one ...

Big oil backs Proposition 23

Proposition 23 is deceptively named “California Jobs Initiative.” Supporters claim that Prop. 23 will save 1.1 million jobs. I could find nothing to support this claim, nor doe ...

Save jobs, kill Prop. 23

I urge you to vote no on Proposition 23, which would stop implementation of AB32, the CO2 reduction bill. Prop. 23 supporters claim that jobs will be lost under AB32. This is fals ...

Energy vital to US security

The cap-and-trade energy bill is the next congressional battleground. I believe it’s being sold in the wrong way, to reduce man-made C02 emissions, in an effort to stall global ...

Tea Party must address issues

April 15 was a big day for the Tea Party movement. The Tea Party wants to reduce taxes (“Taxed Enough Already”) and also reduce the continuing national debt. I’m all in favo ...