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Because residents of unincorporated areas of Alameda County have no mayors or city councils, our only elected local representative is the county superintendent.
It is critical that citizens of our unincorporated territories have more representation and consideration on the five-member Board of Supervisors – not less.
If all unmerged regions were grouped together (manipulated) into one region with only one moderator to represent our interests, our moderator’s vote would be negligible – 1 in 5. map It is the best option because there are two supervisors who represent the interests of the unincorporated regions.
It would be ideal if there could be a map with three moderators (and their employees) representing the unincorporated areas. But not a single supervisor and his staff can represent the myriad of problems our densely populated unincorporated areas face.
Winnifred Thompson and Gerald Thompson
bring out the truth
On racial inequality
Your article on November 22, “A black former middle school student is suing the school district,” (page B1) is a valuable propaganda tool that will allow the anonymous student to get the justice he rightly deserves.
Black students often have to face racial discrimination. Schools should be a comfortable environment for children to learn. Having to face these hardships in a so-called “safe place” will only add to the racial trauma prevalent in the black community. The Intercultural Development Research Association It states that “teachers and school administrators often view black children as older, more aggressive, and more guilty, even when they exhibit the same developmentally appropriate behaviors as their white peers.”
I think publishing stories like this little boy’s will help people stand up for him and alert the public to the biases that exist within the education system.
miscarriage of justice
Only in America can a teenage villain travel to another country with an assault rifle strapped to his neck, shoot two unarmed citizens (but “too heinous? Defence”) and be acquitted.
The rest of the world should laugh. Even the Taliban.
David M Talley
Republican government cement
Republicans are all set to secure a GOP takeover of the House of Representatives. Between that and voter suppression, Democrats are in great danger of losing any power they might have to save our democracy, save our climate, protect our civil rights, protect our health care and improve the lives of Americans in general.
It is very important that the Senate pass Freedom of Voting Law and the John Lewis Voting Advancement Act Immediately and don’t let the breaker get in the way. Unfortunately, the Republican Party is now running crazy, and the days of compromise and effective negotiation are long gone. They really lack decency, as evidenced by most of the Republican Party’s refusal to condemn Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Green, Lauren Poppert, Matt Gaetz or Donald Trump for their heinous acts. This cannot and never will be America.
People trust science
without knowing it
Lots of people say things like “Trust the science,” “I believe in science,” “Scientific consensus says…” or worse yet, “The facts speak for themselves.”
Science is not belief and real scientists certainly don’t want you to trust them. Science is a beautiful thing. If your assumptions are correct and your data is collected without bias, you can find the truth or prove a fact. Our facts have been proven and many will be disproved.
You might believe or trust someone who tells you they used to dye their hair, but once they show you a picture you don’t have to trust anymore, you’ve seen the evidence, and it’s proven.
Most people claim to be scientific. Most people read the headline of a news article about an article written about a study and think they are following the science. Most people are wrong. Learn science, don’t trust it.
The column gives the gift
with a positive outlook
I love the Talk of the Nation article by Joe Matthews for the November 23 newspaper (“The nation is keeping Californians in its thoughts this Thanksgiving, “page A6). It’s the best holiday gift I’ve received this season. It lifts us up and teaches us to look at things positively.
Thank you and I wish you happiness, Mr. Matthews.
Leaves a bad taste
I am writing to express my disappointment at the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse in the murder of two people and the wounding of another in Kenosha, Wiske.
I find his claim of self-defense absurd. He made a decision to intervene in a situation in another state which did not concern him, in legal protest, and for that purpose he armed himself and went there where he appeared in public with his rifle. When people confronted him, he panicked and opened fire, killing two people.
None of this would have happened if he had not intentionally brought a gun with him as there were no reports of other shots being fired.