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Unincorporated areas
need representation

Since residents in unincorporated areas of Alameda County don’t have mayors or city councils, our only local elected representative is our county supervisor.

It’s vital citizens in our unincorporated areas have more representation and consideration on the five-member Board of Supervisors — not less.

If all unincorporated areas are lumped together (gerrymandered) into one district with just one supervisor to represent our interests, then our supervisor’s vote will be negligible – 1 in 5. Map A is the best choice because it has two supervisors representing the interests of unincorporated areas.

It would be ideal if there could be a map with three supervisors (and their staffs) representing the unincorporated areas. But one supervisor and his/her staff can’t possibly represent the myriad of problems our highly populated unincorporated areas face.

Winifred Thompson and Gerald Thompson
Castro Valley

Getting out the truth
on racial inequity

Your article Nov. 22, “Black former middle school student sues school district,” (Page B1) is a valuable publicity tool that will allow the anonymous student to get the justice he so rightfully deserves.

Black students have to face racial discrimination quite often. Schools should be a comfortable environment for children to learn. Having to face these difficulties in an alleged “safe space” will only add to the racial trauma prevalent in the Black community. The Intercultural Development Research Association states that “Teachers and school administrators often perceive Black children as being older, more aggressive and more culpable, even when they exhibit the same developmentally appropriate behaviors as their White peers.”

I believe that getting stories like the one of this young boy out there will help get people on his side and alert the public of the prejudices that exist within the education system.

Johana Jaimes
San Pablo

Rittenhouse verdict
miscarriage of justice

Only in America can a teen-aged punk travel to another state with an assault rifle strapped around his neck, gun down two unarmed (but “extremely heinous”?) citizens, put forward a claim (complete with exaggerated blubbering) of “self-defense” and be exonerated.

The rest of the world must be laughing. Even the Taliban.

David M. Talley
San Lorenzo

Gerrymandering could
cement Republican rule

Republican gerrymandering is set to virtually guarantee a GOP takeover of the House. Between that and voter suppression, Democrats are at great risk of losing any power they might have to save our democracy, save our climate, protect our civil rights, protect our health care and generally improve the lives of Americans.

It is crucial that the Senate pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act immediately and not let the filibuster get in the way. Sadly, the GOP is now run by lunatics, and the days of effective compromise and negotiation are over. They truly lack decency, as evidenced by most of the GOP’s refusal to condemn Paul Gosar or Marjorie Taylor Greene or Lauren Boebert or Matt Gaetz or Donald Trump for their heinous actions. This cannot and will never be our America.

Evanne …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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