A’s stadium vote
could cost support
On July 20, Oakland city officials will vote on the A’s $12 billion dollar development proposal regarding the Howard Terminal area (“Council members push back on A’s moving,” Page B1, May 15).
We are still paying off debt incurred to bring the Raiders back from Los Angeles. They subsequently left for Las Vegas. The Warriors took the city of Oakland to court to attempt to avoid paying back debt incurred in remodeling the Oakland Arena and moved to San Francisco. Why should the taxpayers of Oakland be bullied into subsidizing a billionaire’s potential lucrative development?
I can promise you that any Oakland official that votes to hand over a taxpayer-financed subsidy to a billionaire will lose my political support.
National gun laws only
hope of ending violence
In the wake of the recent VTA massacre, there has been lots of talk about how someone might have noticed the alarm signals beforehand and taken away the shooter’s guns. After all, the man had expressed anger against co-workers and his workplace, experienced radical mood swings and allegedly acted violently against women.
Tragically, however, those alarm signals can describe millions of American men, although thankfully only a tiny minority of them become murderers. But which of them will be triggered into deadly violence is impossible to predict.
But if the killer had less firepower, he would have killed fewer people.
That’s why gun control and gun safety laws are the only realistic measures to reduce gun violence. However, they will accomplish little as long as potential killers can just drive a few hours to a state border and buy military-style weapons that are illegal back home.
Repeal the law that
shields gun makers
The “inalienable right to life” is first in the Declaration of Independence. It is essential to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In 2021, our right to life is constantly threatened. Individuals can take it away with refusals to distance, mask or vaccinate. Mentally distressed individuals are easily able to violate the right to life of many innocents with a “Swiss army knife” of guns.
Taking life without recourse to law is the most blatant violation of civil rights. Our right to life, in all situations, must have more import than corporate/partisan manipulations. The federal law that protects arms manufacturers from lawsuits must be changed. We all must declare our “inalienable right to life.”
Pass For the People Act
to save our democracy
Voting rights are being restricted across the country, threatening to replace the will of the American people with permanent minority rule.
Voter ID laws that act as de facto poll taxes, gerrymandering contorting districts for partisan advantage, and repeated closing of voting sites in urban, minority-heavy areas are just some of these immoral, unjust restrictions.
The For the People Act would undo these restrictions and protect the right of every American citizen to vote. It is imperative it be passed to protect our elections and our democracy. The provisions of this bill are not partisan; a majority of voters from both parties support them.
The only thing blocking the passage of this crucial measure is the obsolete, unnecessary Jim Crow filibuster. The Senate needs to pass the For the People Act, repealing or bypassing the filibuster if necessary. The future of our democracy depends on it.
Jan. 6 panel could
halt future insurrection
We all remember what happened on Pearl Harbor Day – Dec. 7. We all remember what happened on 9/11. I remember what happened on Jan. 6 during the insurrection at the Capitol and the anger I felt as I helplessly watched domestic terrorists attempt to stop the delegate count and kill our elected leaders.
These were not tourists visiting the Capitol as some Republicans would have us believe. Five people died. This is not something any of us should ever forget. We need investigations at all levels of government, including Congress, to discover and convict the perpetrators of this heinous crime to overthrow our democracy.
It is never too late to do the right thing. If we don’t, then we give our tacit agreement to let them try it again.
US must lead UN on
lasting Mideast peace
Let us pray that the cease-fire in Gaza be the last, and peace and justice prevail in the Holy Land.
It is a fact that both the Israelis and Palestinians suffered during the recent fighting between them, which was ignited by to expel Palestinians from Jerusalem, where they have been living for many decades. However, the deteriorated situation of the Palestinians has been a pattern of Israeli policies for a long time.
To achieve lasting peace and justice there must be an active role for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC.) The United States prevented UNSC in the past from taking effective measures to end Israeli control of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 including Arab East Jerusalem, and resolving the question of Palestinian refugees.
The Biden administration is urged to lead efforts in UNSC to achieve peace and justice in the Holy Land.