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DA Price recall is
misguided, premature

The effort to recall District Attorney Pamela Price is misguided and premature at best, and racist and undemocratic at worst.

There are two things that bother me a great deal about efforts to recall. First, it began just six months into her term; in no dimension is this a sufficient amount of time to declare someone is so egregiously failing at their job that it justifies a recall. This tells me that people with a lot of money did not like the outcome of the democratic vote, and are trying to buy a new election.

Second, it has become more and more obvious to me that the people driving this recall are ill-informed of what does and does not fall under her control in the capacity of her position. I strongly urge people to educate themselves on the various positions within our local government.

Andrea King

Banning surcharges
good for restaurants

As a local restaurant owner I could not agree more with the law banning restaurant surcharges.

These petty 2%, 3% or 5% surcharges just alienate the average diner. They are not necessary and leave a bad taste in the mouth, no pun intended. It’s much cleaner to roll all the costs into the menu price. If the burger is $20 and your restaurant has 6% in miscellaneous fees, just make the burger $21.20 and be done with it. It’s better for all.

Rocco Biale

Walnut Creek

U.S. should have
followed Carter example

Historians delayed recognition of President Jimmy Carter’s multiple accomplishments, but they miss one salient point. Had the United States been wise enough to follow Carter’s lead, electrification would be 43 years advanced. For perspective, 43 years ago AIDS was officially recognized by the CDC; the space shuttle made its first orbital flight; Charles and Diana got married. Those obscure historical events took place when solar panels were installed on the White House roof, but the Reagan administration quickly had them removed.

The missteps now being experienced in conversion to electric power would long since have been solved. PG&E could have been revered rather than reviled. Instead of advancing into electrification, U.S. society at large adopted the snark prevalent among CEOs of the largest polluters, filling the land, sea and air with their toxins. Today’s climate pays the price. Whether lack of foresight or common sense, progressive wisdom was then, and continues to be, blunted at every turn.

Raymond Cote
Castro Valley

End Gaza war and
find a lasting peace

The war in Gaza must come to an end. The death of more than 34,500 Palestinians, mostly women and children, should push the United Nations Security Council to adopt effective measures to end the war, the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Palestinian-occupied territories, and the release of all hostages and prisoners. The Palestinian state must be admitted as a full member of the United Nations. A final peace treaty and commercial agreements should be concluded between the Arab states and Israel and must be …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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