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Concord should find a new NWS developer
Re. “Concord rejects property developer’s proposal”, page B1, May 26:
As a resident of Concord since 1989, in addition to having grown up here, I have been concerned about the Seeno family and their unsavory activities for several years.
I have written to the City Council to express my concern about their ability to lead the development of the Naval Weapons Station, and I continue to strongly believe that the Council should seek a trustworthy and reliable contractor to manage the development.
State must improve fire management
More than 100 years of mismanagement of fires has led to too many burnt homes and more flammable landscapes. California cannot continue to fight wildfires in the same way.
We need to change the way we prevent destructive fires. Almost all wildfires are started by people at the interface of urban wilderness. We’re in denial if we think it’s safe to continue building on fire-prone hillsides if we just add a new fire station or use new building materials. To adapt to climate change and increased wildfire conditions, we need to be smarter about where homes are located and more serious about retrofitting existing homes.
The Washburn Fire, which reached 58% containment this week, offers important lessons in prevention measures. The majestic redwoods have survived in part due to prescribed burns and managed wildfires. Necessary practices have been neglected in many Californian ecosystems for decades and we have a lot of catching up to do.
Change starts with good local government
Roe’s overturning by the Supreme Court proves that our fundamental rights continue to be attacked.
Most of us believe that we should have the freedom to decide for ourselves if and when we have children. This requires accessible abortion care – and a strong democracy.
The same groups and individuals secretly spending to support the decades-long assault on Roe poured millions into taking over local and state elected offices, erecting voting barriers and drawing unfair district maps.
This fall, we have an opportunity to build a stronger democracy right here in Oakland. Fair Elections Oakland will increase the transparency of campaign announcements, strengthen contribution limits, limit lobbying and equip every Oaklander with the resources needed to support community candidates. When candidates and elected officials can focus on what our communities need, and not what big donors and special interests want, that’s when we’ll see real progress on the issues that matter most. important.
Liz SoukExecutive Director, Oakland RisingOakland
Do not investigate; divest from fossil fuels
I share George Fulmore’s sentiment on corporate greed as a driver of rising fuel costs (“Oil Industry Windfall Must Be Investigated”, page A6, July 19), but I don’t think an investigation is necessary. Energy companies are simply doing what they are supposed to do: maximizing profits.
Greed is not the problem; it is our government that subsidizes and empowers them. Instead, we should divest from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy.
Congress needs more independent thinkers
Last week, President Biden’s package of policies aimed at curbing global warming pollution collapsed after a senator withdrew his support. The US Senate has 50 Republicans, 48 Democrats and 2 independents who caucus with Democrats. In this case, they vote en bloc except for a Democratic member who blocks it.
Please don’t tell me you think every Republican thinks this bill is bad and every Democrat but one thinks it’s good. What we see here is blatant politics at its worst. It seems that the priorities of these senators must be their own political future first, the political future of their parties second, and the future of the American people a distant third.
One wonders when we will vote for independent thinkers who put the future of the American people first. By the way, the Supreme Court seems to have the same bias.
Robert MayneWalnut Creek
Recent decisions show the High Court’s incompetence
The Supreme Court of the United States is a totally incompetent court.
This can be said in response to their repeal of the court’s longstanding ruling that abortion is a right for everyone in America. The court’s attempt to interpret the Second Amendment is even more patently inept. If their ruling that the Second Amendment guarantees that everyone in America has the right to own and keep the guns of their choice, we could all buy and keep a machine gun, which hasn’t been allowed for nearly 90 years, when the National Firearms Act was passed… and was never declared unconstitutional.
Machine guns are weapons of war only and are not covered by the Second Amendment. Weapons of war, such as AR-15 type weapons, may be prohibited, just as machine guns are prohibited. No honest and competent court can deny it, but this court does.