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Police chief deserves
Oakland’s support

Re. “Police chief facing uncertain future over misconduct case,” Page A1, Jan. 21:

I stand firmly in support of native Oakland son, Chief LaRonne Armstrong. I might have paused long enough to learn what happened. Officer Michael Chung was involved in a hit and run, but did he cause a “ding” or did he take another car’s bumper off? Please get your news from several sources before reacting.

Anne Kirkpatrick, the first female chief of police, served in Spokane, Wash., prior to moving to Oakland. A friend from Spokane said that nobody there liked her. Clearly, that was the perfect training for Oakland. Kirkpatrick served for three years before being fired.

I am “woke,” but I refused to become wacky. Oakland city politics are clearly wacky. If Oakland is not able to support Chief Armstrong, I fear the city will be unable to find a competent professional willing to serve as our police chief.

Elizabeth Preston
Oakland

Through vote, we
can change gun laws

As our country experiences another occurrence of senseless carnage, this one striking close to home in Half Moon Bay, perhaps all we can do — in light of our substantial failure to curb the indiscriminate proliferation of people-killing weapons — is to cast our eyes down, lower our heads in honor of those killed — community member, friend, family — drop to our knees with head in hands, and weep.

These killings never stop even in a state with “strict gun laws” — demonstrating the power of an industry that has embedded a far-right interpretation of the Second Amendment into our laws and culture, strangling serious attempts to limit the murdering.

What can be done? Vote, knowing that change will take a long time. Vote for those who do something about gun violence. Honor the victims. Vote.

Jim Boots
Danville

Men are column’s
only voices on abortion

The absurdity of this Marc Thiessen column. What do men have to do with abortion, other than providing sperm? Yet, this article is full of one man’s name after another, talking about how great the new pro-life decision overturning Roe v. Wade is. Not one woman was named in the article. Not one woman’s stance was cited. Brett Kavanaugh should be a hero? Is he going to feed that unwanted 6-year-old if the parents won’t? Or can’t?

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