Letters: Mascot change | Airport expansion

Letters: Mascot change | Airport expansion

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District can’t afford
Harmony Excessive change

In regard to Harmony Excessive altering their mascot from the “Minutemen” to the “Bears,” I don’t perceive the necessity for it. Minutemen had been heroes. However my principal concern is the associated fee. I work at an MDUSD college the place each week the plumbing fails or the air/warmth breaks down. The checklist is endless.

The fee to reoutfit the band alone could be over $100,000. When you embody soccer and all of the sports activities uniforms … I can’t even think about.

Our faculties are deteriorating. We have to tackle our infrastructure. Please. Let frequent sense prevail.

Toni Keosian

Airport growth unhealthy
information for setting

Re: “Oakland airport’s growth will exacerbate local weather change, teams say” (Web page A1, Aug. 15).

The deliberate growth of the Oakland airport, which is used primarily for short-haul flights, will enhance demand and use of the airport and worsen air pollution and the local weather disaster.

It’s disingenuous to assert that Oakland flights would enhance anyway with out the venture. The elevated capability would permit airways so as to add extra flights day by day, inflicting elevated stress-inducing noise air pollution and small particulate emissions amongst surrounding low-income communities that already undergo huge environmental injustice.

We should select different situations for assembly the excessive demand for journey, particularly for short-haul distances. Most of this visitors could be higher served by high-speed rail, eliminating the extra air and noise air pollution from much more frequent flights throughout Oakland and Alameda.

Totally 11% of California’s CO2 emissions come from air journey. Has the local weather disaster not but satisfied officers and the general public that we’ve to alter our methods?

Susan Wright

Maintain highlight on
Santa Rita Jail deaths

Re: “Lawmakers search jail loss of life transparency” (Web page B2, Aug. 16).

The Interfaith Coalition for Justice in Our Jails appreciates your article, which centered on the San Diego Jail. This devastating downside lives right here on the Alameda County jail, with over 70 deaths since 2014. We’ve got performed three somber rallies, calling on county supervisors to take some management on jail situations.

As in San Diego, most deaths happen to folks throughout the first traumatic days and weeks of incarceration, earlier than they’re even charged. Guards and the medical service contractor fail to correctly deal with psychological sickness and substance abuse. And the twin sheriff/coroner function typically compromises household/group entry to loss of life data. The film “What Occurred to DuJuan Armstrong?” paperwork these points.

We urge continued protection of this downside, notably for our Santa Rita Jail.

Karen Rachels

Mothers for Liberty
don’t converse for all

Re: “‘Concern and hate are the difficulty’” (Web page A1, Aug. 17).

To Mothers for Liberty: You don’t converse “for America.”

You’re an extremist minority group. You damage harmless folks you don’t know, typically youngsters, and also you don’t care. You may have the appropriate to talk your distorted and hateful messages, however that proper doesn’t lengthen to actions. It’s unhappy we’ve to dam your e-book bans and racist curricula revision and gender strictures with laws — such a waste of sources simply to extinguish your hate.

My suggestion: Put a sock in it.

Steven James
Walnut Creek

Put Pink Poodle
story to mattress

I’m amazed at how a lot effort and print has gone into the investigation of the supposed Pink Poodle incident concerning the San Jose Fireplace Division.

I perceive that these in sure sectors of our public security ought to all the time preserve a top quality customary. On this case, nobody was assaulted, no one’s home burned down, there have been no egregious textual content messages, only a bikini-clad lady stepping off a hearth truck. In the meantime, there are unsolved freeway shootings and homicides, carjackings and sideshows occurring everywhere in the Bay Space. If an emergency got here up throughout their “pleasure trip” of 20 minutes, I significantly doubt that may lower their response time.

Let’s deal with the actual issues and put the Pink Poodle to mattress.

Kevin Moore

Don’t give Trump
free promoting

It’s occurring once more. Donald Trump makes headlines in our newspapers and different media regularly. This offers him free promoting not out there to many who don’t assist him.

Free promoting received him the election in 2016. What a catastrophe for American democracy. Did he Make America Nice Once more? He doesn’t learn, he can not spell, he doesn’t pay his payments together with his personal cash. He typically chooses to disregard his personal legal professionals. His ego is his whole life’s focus. I consider strongly that we can not afford to offer him with a place of energy.

I respect the accountability of the media to report the information objectively to the American folks. I might counsel, in equity to others, that information pertaining to Trump be allotted to inside pages of the newspaper and that or not it’s offered with out photos. I strongly disapprove of the free publicity out there to this man.

Judy Malinowski