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Letters: Reachable goal | Prop. 17 | Vaccine priority | Measure S and accountability


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Newsom’s goal reachable
if parties work together

If Gov. Gavin Newsom had said “Zero emission by 2025″, I would agree with Dan Walters (“Is Newsom serious about banning gas-powered cars?” Sept. 29).

But 2035 is 15 years away, plenty of time for the car companies to extend the range, expand the selection, and lower the cost of zero-emission vehicles. Plenty of time for businesses, malls and parking facilities to install millions of charging stations so most of the charging happens during the day feed by billions of new, cheaper solar panels.

If the electric utilities and the car companies work together the car batteries will be able to both power the cars and feed power back into the grid, covering peak demand and low generation periods.

Yes, there are problems. But the earth as we know it is lost without bold action to stop climate change. It is time people stop listing problems and start working on developing solutions.

Max Steinke
San Jose

Prop. 17 would restore
basic right to thousands

Re. “Who should be allowed to cast a ballot in California?” Aug. 13 https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/08/13/editorial-who-should-be-allowed-to-cast-a-ballot-in-california/:

It is important to note the role Proposition 17 will have in the representation of marginalized groups.

It is known that minority groups are more likely to be convicted of crimes. Currently, the number of those on parole that cannot vote sits at about 50,000 people (https://www.initiatejustice.org/project/prop17/). A considerable amount of these people are from marginalized groups and continue to be disadvantaged due to their parole status. They are expected to participate in society but are not awarded some of their fundamental citizenship rights.

To me, this is partial citizenship. As a result, these underrepresented communities lose vital votes and opportunities for representation. Elected representatives do not showcase the true amount of diversity in the country.

Change is slow when the most important voices are being drowned out. The law can not cater to all groups equally if all groups do not have equal say in who they want in government.

Ramani Seethamraju
San Jose

Most vulnerable deserve
first shot at COVID vaccine

Michele Lew and Dolores Alvarado are public health experts who wisely advocate for the vulnerable (“Those hit hardest by COVID should get vaccine priority,” October 4 https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/10/04/opinion-those-hit-hardest-by-covid-should-get-vaccine-priority/).

They issue a logical, urgent, steady cry to prioritize vaccine distribution for many who are underserved.

Common sense, human compassion and God’s love demand a focus on those most at risk to minimize COVID’s spread.

Jeff Cherniss
Los Gatos

Vote no on Measure S,
keep district accountable

Measure S, on the ballot for Nov 3, will continue a special property tax to provide additional funding to the Santa Clara Valley Water District. This ballot measure makes the tax permanent, with a vote needed to repeal it.

The water district has ignored repeated requests from residents to clean up homeless encampments on water district property. These include encampments all along the Los Alamitos Creek Trail. The residents of the encampments throw trash and waste into the creeks in the area.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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