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Re: “Letters for March 30

Trying to preserve the environment and not killing animals to extinction "for our children" is part of the problem. To really save the earth, humans should stop reproducing. It is criminal to keep producing more humans. Usually about now the response is hysterical about how I'm advocating humans to die out., but really, considering the obscene number keeps doubling, that's not likely to happen.

Posted by Bev Von Dohre on 03/31/2011 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Letters for March 9

I think using the header "Gallant is guilty" over my letter tends to put words in my mouth, but also reinforces my complaint which was more about the job your paper has done covering Alameda City Hall than it was to point out how bad Gallant is supposed to be.

Posted by M Irons on 03/19/2011 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Letters for March 9

I think the point is that we all do live in our own universe. I am white, but married to someone of different ethnicity and we feel very happy in Oakland. I know that sometimes people of other races are suspicious of me, in fact may dislike me because I'm white. These are their feelings and are not personal to me but say a lot about their experience in the world. However, I have sincere friends from all backgrounds and races in Oakland. Yes, my universe may indeed be an alternate one from yours. I respect that you have had a different experience. S-J Harrison

Posted by sj on 03/13/2011 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Letters for March 9

I'd lay off those psychotropic drugs, Lawngun. Thomas Szasz and Peter Breggin have exposed the great harm they do. Happy reading !

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 03/09/2011 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Letters for March 9

Medication adjustment! STAT!

Posted by Lawngun on 03/09/2011 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Letters for March 9

Susan Jane-Harrison is totally wrong. The arts should not be government supported. This is just a scheme to create a politically constituency for certain favored artists who couldn't make it in a free market as Ayn Rand documented many years in one of her newsletters. The Walter Mondales got KGO Radio motormouth Ray Taliaferro appointed as head of their arts patronage group in San Francisco and Ray tried to censor the Moscone Bust in a notorious incident. As far Oakland's alleged multiculturalism goes, what alternative universe is Miz Jane-Harrison living in ? Oakland is the home of Black anti-white racism. I grew up in the then segregated DC area in the 60s and never saw anywhere near the level of racism I've seen by Berkeley-Oakland blacks the last 31 years living here. I've spoken to many people here who have had the same experience. The NEA should be abolished along the other NEA and NPR. National Propaganda Radio. No state subsidized privileged elites.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 03/09/2011 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Letters for February 23

McNeil illustrates to a "t" the statist-mentality in both our schools and our city councils. The LAST thing that California needs is more anti-business legislation and the so-called Prop 13 "reform" would be the last straw for many businesses. Cutting or eliminating taxes is not any kind of subsidy as the taxes are forcibly stolen from us. If any private entity operated the same way they would considered as criminal. Redevelopment is the biggest scam in the country including California. Sometimes as in San Francisco's notorious Negro Removal in the Fillmore in the 60s it does seem racially motivated but it's still a scam whether it's Golden Gateway or the World Trade Center. Private property is stolen to give to other private individuals.
The notorious 1954 Supreme Court decision authored by Justice William O. Douglas set this in motion on a huge scale. Then that terrible 5-4 Supreme Court decision on the New London case in 2005 reaffirmed it.
Brown needs to stick to his guns. The more of these programs that exist, the more people in "need" we are going to see. The temporary New Deal programs have all become "entitlements" and this can't go on. Something's got to give.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 02/23/2011 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Letters for February 16

The problem with the transportation system around here, Berkeley, Oakland, SF, whatever is that public transport is way too expensive. Have every stop be one fare and you would see a huge rise in folks using BART to get around - it works in other cities, most notably NY - try that here and see how the traffic will abate.

Posted by Swimmy44 on 02/17/2011 at 6:08 AM

Re: “Letters for February 16

Re Measures Y and BB: Bob, yes, we know (or most of us do) that BB relieved Oakland of its obligation under Measure Y. The problem is that the city had already relieved itself of that obligation. Measure BB just gave it an excuse.
Clearly, that's what letter writer Rachael Miller meant.

I also agree with letter writer Michael Ferro, who points out that Batts was blamed here for failing to do things - like negotiate the city's budget - that clearly are not in his job description. I made the same comment weeks ago. Batts has been blamed here for just about everything but the weather. I'm hoping that the Express will begin to see how tired we all are of this. Do some journalism for a change. Please.

Posted by yoyo_guru on 02/16/2011 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of February 9

Thank you for the OPD success story, Ms. Pfeil. Though the public bias has swung to the cop-hating side of the meter lately, it is refreshing to hear stories of positive outcomes from the difficult, dangerous and distasteful work to which the Oakland Police are routinely subjected.

Posted by Lawngun on 02/08/2011 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of February 9

"In truth, I suspect race and gender played major roles."

So, Ms. Lim, your comment implies that your daughter's academic success is due to her gender and race. Are there, in your opinion, individuals of other gender/race combinations, who are born for academic failure? Which combinations would that be? We could certainly save money for more deserving Asian females, if we gave up on the loser race/gender combos earlier and stopped wasting limited education dollars, no?

Posted by Lawngun on 02/08/2011 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Letters for February 2

Amy Chua's story is based on the experience of one American family headed by an ivy league law professor who happens to Asian. Their success (or failure) is not representative of the experience of billions of Asians. I doubt this "Chinese mother" in Connecticut is planning to send her children to Peking University.
Asian universities are generally not ranked high in prestige and innovation compared to their competitors in the west, and in particular in the US. Either the metrics are skewed (possible) or the "Chinese mother" method fails once you advance beyond rote memorization, standardized testing and learning to juggle notes between your fingers on a keyboard.
Will either of her girls ever create their own song or invent a unique style of playing? Maybe, but my bet is that creativity won't spring forth from the Chinese mother method.
Amy Chua is a master at controversy and it will be the controversy, not the banal content within it, that will sell her books.

Posted by Oaktown 2 Korea on 02/03/2011 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Letters for February 2

Diana Pei Wu, you appear to argue that an article about Tiger Mother Chua that she did not write in a paper she does not own "was irresponsible and a marketing ploy. This would be Ms. Chua's fault how exactly? So, Ms. Chua is actually earning money for writing a book? This is a problem?

Posted by Lawngun on 02/02/2011 at 5:25 AM

Re: “Letters for January 19

Mr. Fenton, I agree that it is inappropriate to throw redevelopment funds at a new baseball stadium. On the other hand, legally the City does not have the ability to use the funds for education.

Posted by Lawngun on 01/24/2011 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Letters for January 19

Totally agree with Mr. Hahns letter re: eminent domain. Please forward to him as well

Oakland resident

Posted by Oakhills on 01/21/2011 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Letters for January 12

Hey Luke Macaulay,

Why is Albert Lord, CEO of Sallie Mae receiving a bonus of $225 million and being sued by his own shareholders?…

Posted by Kylemccarthy on 01/21/2011 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Letters for January 12

Luke doesn't understand the issue. The whole point of Charlie Mintz' article was to point out the lack of consumer protection for student loan borrowers. Every other type of debt -- yes, even taxes -- can be discharged. The adversary proceeding in bankruptcy -- which ostensibly would alleviate a bankrupt person from his or her student loan -- has been construed very strictly by conservative federal judges, leaving only those who are completely disabled to be free from such an onerous debt. Luke also doesn't seem to realize that the amount of these loans exponentially grows. My original principal was $30,000. Now Sallie Mae wants $100,000. I don't have a graduate degree, just a vocational one. The abuse needs to stop. That's the point of the article.

Posted by In Debt to My Ears on 01/21/2011 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Letters for January 12

Further, what this Luke goody two shoes seems to miss completely is that student loans have no consumer protections. Student borrowers have been stripped of basic rights all others have, such as bankruptcy protection and requirements of ethical collection. It's no holds barred.

Posted by Cindy Warner on 01/21/2011 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Letters for January 12

About student loan crisis and Luke's letter, continued.

This Luke person seems to have completely missed the point on the human rights violations of the Department of Justice. He has no idea what it's like to be defenseless and fight two aging male attorneys as adversaries in bankruptcy court when I have no attorney of my own.

I am writing my Congressman Pete Stark about the abuse of power by the Department of Justice's Douglas Chang and his bill collector contractor, Mike Cosentino of Alameda. I am listing the following.

My platform this go-round though is human rights abuses of the D o J in San Francisco. I am complaining to Senator Boxer and Congressman Stark of ass clowns Chang and Cosentino, so I need to know what governmental agency will look into abuses by the Department of Justice.

how they waited a year to respond, until my case had been closed with their own default;

how the feds used two ass clown old men to fight a defenseless fifty year old white woman;

how they used the bankruptcy as an excuse to go after my laptop and harddrive;

how Cosentino muttered under his breath he was going after my wedding ring although Cosentino and Chang each wore none (wedding rings are protected by law);

how the perverts threatened a physical exam when in thirty years physical disability had never been an issue, no kind of disability whatsoever . . .

how Cosentino muttered under his breathe about all the (quote) crap I had been reading, referring to Alan's book and all the unemployment reports and national debt reports.

how that pervert Cosentino copied all my blogs which were public and published and used them as evidence and then used character assassination in his briefs and notified my main professional contacts of the bankruptcy . . . the SF Opera and even the SF ballet.

Posted by Cindy Warner on 01/21/2011 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Letters for January 12

I see you got a letter this month about your story from November where you featured my plight in the student loan crisis article. Who is this Luke Macauley loser who wrote in? I never said "they are coming to get me" as he quotes. I don't have a spending problem and need no debtors anonymous counseling, I live like a nun, literally. Poverty and chastity, at my mother's house, I don't even have a car as I am a bike commuter . . . I have no substance issues at all and my medical clinic says I am in good health, great health even at 51.

I did just receive my first post-adversary proceeding bill and the bill collectors called my home on New Year's Eve, anonymously--leaving only a first name and a phone number.

They want 36 thousand in principal, that much again in interest and then fifty percent more of the principal for collection fees for a total of ninety eight thousand.

This Luke person seems%

Posted by Cindy Warner on 01/21/2011 at 1:06 PM

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