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Stop fuel extraction
to reach net-zero carbon
In the middle of another wildfire season in California, I got a new notification from my daughter’s school – kids would be sent home if air quality became too poor due to fires. While not entirely unexpected, especially after the day in 2020 when the skies turned an eerie orange throughout the Bay Area, it was still a shocking reminder of a “new normal.”
Adding fuel to the proverbial and literal fire, major banks, including JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, Wells Fargo and Bank of America are continuing to finance new fossil fuel exploration projects. The only viable path to net-zero emissions by 2050 includes an immediate halt to all new oil, gas and coal extraction projects. Please call or write to your members of Congress and ask them to champion the Keep It In The Ground Act to prohibit all new fossil fuel exploration and development on federal lands and offshore.
To keep A’s in Oakland
owners should sell
John Fisher needs to sell.
The multibillionaire recluse is not a sports fan; he is not coming off as caring about the Oakland; he could not care any less about the Black, minority and underserved communities that surround the Coliseum complex (proving that slogans “Rooted in Oakland” and “Green Collar Baseball” were nothing but huge farces).
In a city where, thanks to the mayor and City Council, homelessness and mental health epidemics are literally out of control.
If Fisher and Kaval both wish to have their legacies include the words “Decent human being,” the council will reject their proposal to build a stadium directly next to one of our largest and busiest shipping ports (and which is surrounded by extremely dense neighborhoods, etc), and Fisher will accept Dave Stewart’s generous offer to revamp and restore the Oakland Coliseum. For as the famed A’s player told the Chronicle: “This ain’t about sports, man.”
A new stadium is
the least of our worries
With all of the problems facing this area, we shouldn’t be worried about a baseball stadium – baseball is entertainment.
We have homeless encampments, a water shortage due to lack of planning, housing going through the roof, jobs not being filled, businesses failing and more. The taxpayers didn’t pay for Lockheed, Hewlett Packard, Oracle, Yahoo, Google or countless others to build a facility – nor should they for sports.
Keith De Filippis
Would Dems feel same about
filibuster without majority?
Lots of letters to the editor recently are asking for the Supreme Court to add at least two more justices, despite the statements of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice David Souter stating that nine is the correct number.
Lots of letters requesting an end to the Senate filibuster, despite Sen. Chuck Schumer and others stating that the filibuster was critical to the Senate. Schumer said that when Republicans had the majority.
I would like all those folks to ask themselves if they still would believe these things if the Republicans have the majorities in 2025. Otherwise, this might be known as hypocrisy.
Teachers must be allowed
to teach bad with good
Critical race theory, Republicans claim, teaches public school students to hate America.
Facts first: K-12 students are not being taught CRT. If studied, it is at an advanced upper-division or graduate level.
I am a retired teacher who has taught American history and politics for 40 years. California curriculum requires a study of the U.S. Constitution and the laws enacted by Congress and the states.
Our Constitution began with a clause that valued slaves as 3/5 of a white man. We have amended the Constitution granting equal protection of the laws; we did not amend people’s hearts. CRT explores the laws and institutions that promulgated and perpetuated the racial divide.
Disparate treatment is a part of America’s history. It is incumbent upon educators to discuss our good deeds and misdeeds. A responsible teacher covers all. A well-educated student needs all.
Haiti a replay of dark
U.S. history abroad
U.S. support of Haiti’s assassinated President Jovenel Moise during his abusive term of office brings to mind America’s sordid record of support of many foreign dictators in the past.
The U.S. has used public support, trade, financing, or military aid to sustain the rules of dozens of dictators of all political stripes in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Orient.
Why have we done all this? We do it because foreign rulers flatter our presidents, do business with our industrialists and bankers without having to consult with their people, and promise to support our political interests in the regions where they rule.
Presidents Trump and Biden fell into the trap in Haiti, and America’s future presidents will continue to do the same unless the American people, who have fallen asleep behind the wheel of democracy, decide to wake up.
Woods Cross, Utah