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Oakland sale item
mayor’s cheerful speech

I am writing in response to Annie Sciacca’s October 6 article titled “Schaaf Highlights Success – But Ignores Problems” (page A1). As a social work student and a resident of East Bay for nearly two decades, I am particularly interested in this topic. This article demonstrates obvious problems in the city regarding the social well-being of its residents and the political inaction to address them.

Articles like this spark the necessary discussion on how to tackle infrastructure, homelessness and sanitation issues, and raise awareness of those who can have a major influence. Overall, this article stood out to me because it touched on the many welfare gaps in the city of Oakland, which are rarely addressed by locals.

Christophe Ogle
Piedmont

The university district is
good thing about vaccines

I totally agree after reading that schools like the University District of Chabot-Las Positas and other campuses will impose a COVID-19 vaccine with medical or religious exemptions for anyone attending classes in person or on campus (“District adopts immunization mandate,” page B1, October 9).

In difficult times like COVID, we all need to be responsible and think not only of ourselves but of everyone else as well. We need to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent more people from getting sick and dying. The COVID vaccine helps us to be able to reunite with our families and spend quality time in person and not through Zoom as we would when COVID-19 had just started. Now we can kiss each other more confidently than before we were protected from COVID.

More people should do the right thing and get vaccinated against it to ensure a healthier and better community.

Maribel García
Fremont

Despite the charges on the right,
CRT not taught in school

Critical Race Theory is not taught in our school systems, no matter how often Fox News says it.

This is because it is an advanced legal theory that seeks to understand complex events, such as understanding how the GI Bill was written in such a way that it did not benefit black soldiers returning from WWII, and how it affected the wealth in these communities. It is not intellectually appropriate for school-aged children.

Writer Jay Todesco (“Activist Parents Are Today’s True Patriots,” page A6, October 8, 8) seems to think it is a Marxist plot that is destroying America. If Jay wants real proof of people trying to destroy America, I invite him to watch the videos of the January 6 insurgency on Capitol Hill.

Kevin allen
Brentwood

GOP has reactivated
defend democracy

Republican leaders are now accepting “the big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen. Republicans claim to love the original intent of the US Constitution because it laid the foundation for our social order through personal freedom and democracy. In particular, it was democracy that was the very thing that set America apart from other nations when it was new.

But these are the same Republicans who claim to love America, yet now they refuse to stand up for democracy.

It is not a democracy when you only accept elections when you win. Republicans cannot claim to love America when they refuse to stand up for democracy and, in fact, do all they can to end it.

Russ button
Alameda

Texas law was not a pioneer
citizen app

An Oct. 12 article by Michael A. Hiltzik (“Impact of Texas Anti-Abortion Law Worse Than You Think”, page A6) states that the new Texas abortion restrictions have a “characteristic pioneer ”and that“ the law… in the hands of… very particular.

It is not a pioneering feature. This has been a preeminent feature of our ADA laws since their inception. An individual can sue any company for ADA offenses in our courts. Offenses are almost impossible to defend. It costs each defendant tens of thousands of dollars.

This type of (private) legal approach should be abolished everywhere. Texas has taken a sneaky but not-so-new approach to this issue.

David thompson
Orinda

Instagram study shows
need better studies

D. Instagram says it’s working on body image issue after report details ‘toxic’ effect on teenage girls, Sept. 15:

Having taught statistics my entire academic career, I think I am able to know the differences between valid and invalid experimental models. Thus, there is no doubt that the first studies that Facebook did on the effect of Instagram on young girls were incomplete. On the one hand, the sample sizes were too small to justify claims that the larger population of young girls was also at risk.

However, incomplete as they were, they were suggestive and therefore embarrassing enough that they should have set off serious alarm bells. They should have triggered requests for more conclusive studies.

From the outset, Facebook’s record is deplorable. But it is also that of those who miss the big picture. They are so focused on meeting the rigorous demands of statistical reasoning that they miss the broader demands of social responsibility.

Ian mitroff
Berkeley


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