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Leave ballot information
to nonpartisan panel

I appreciated George Skelton’s comments in his column related to problems with biased titling and information with state propositions (“Expanded vote by mail in California was a success,” Nov. 15 ).

California’s current law requires that the attorney general provide an impartial statement of the proposition. This current law is not working. Skelton reports that this impartial, nonbiased reporting got significantly worse under Kamala Harris and now current AG Xavier Becerra.

What I appreciate about Skelton’s comments is that, while he tends to lean toward Democratic viewpoints, he has the integrity, honesty and courage to speak his opinion and not blindly follow the party line. His recommendation for an independent nonpartisan to write proposition summaries is a good one that should be adopted.

Kathy Murray
San Ramon

Doctor’s call to ‘rise up’
complicates COVID fight

On Nov. 16, you reported on Scott Atlas’ call for Michiganders to “rise up” against state COVID-19 restrictions and his excuse for this inciting language is that he is “not very good at Twitter.” (“Stanford responds to Trump coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas’ calls for Michigan to ‘rise up’ against new restrictions“)

As cases rise, this type of comment from a public health official is concerning as it perpetuates the political divide of this disease, on top of the disturbing encouragement of violence.

As a future physician assistant and native Michigander, I am deeply troubled by the ways this public health emergency continues to be a partisan issue. In order for us to get this virus under control, we need a comprehensive policy to reduce spread, increase testing and increase contact tracing.

While healthy discussion is important for determining the correct course of action, this type of infighting divides our focus and distracts from the need to contain the disease in order to open the economy for all Americans.

Jenny Wharram
Oakland

Trump, Biden must take
chance to lead by unity

President Trump and President-elect Joe Biden have a remarkable opportunity to unite this country and jointly lead us out of the worst health crisis this country has faced in generations. Together and side by side they need to lead us out of the pandemic we face.

President Trump should end his election-result challenge by recognizing Joe Biden as the president-elect.

Simultaneously, Joe Biden should recognize the leadership President Trump has provided under his Operation Warp Speed and commit to allowing execution of the vaccination deployment plan already created.

This would provide comfort to the American people that the light is truly at the end of the tunnel and will continue beyond the Jan. 20 transition. Furthermore, they both would demonstrate in action true leadership and how to put country first. Simple, straightforward and the right priority for us all.

Bob Nealis
Danville

Pompeo exacerbates
plight of Palestinians

Mike Pompeo’s attempt to blur the boundary between anti-Semitism and criticism of the oppressive current policies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s administration for the West Bank people is an example of demagoguery in action.

Pompeo’s extension of President Trump’s “policy” …read more

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