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Re: “Letters for the Week of April 27

Or a Jean Quan was elected Mayor denier. LOL

Posted by Lawngun on 04/28/2011 at 5:16 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of April 27

Well, if you're going to attack Sinkinson: Doing a search on "Michael Hardesty" combined with the word "holocaust" will tell you all you need to know about him. He's a holocaust denier and makes no bones about it elsewhere. Do you also think the world is flat, Mike, or that Obama wasn't born in the US? Oh, wait, that's been disproven...

Posted by yoyo_guru on 04/27/2011 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of April 27

How come the print edition omitted the first two letters on Palestine/Israel ?
The only letters they print are Jim Sinkinson's predictably stupid, kneejerk Likudnik kook response and the weak Jeff Hoffman letter.
Sinkinson is part of the very small group of cranks who relentlessly attacked the Berkeley Daily Planet with false accusations of 'anti-semitism' as if all the many critics of Israel, Jewish and Gentile, would support those brutal Israeli policies if Israel was run by Gentiles ! Anyone stupid enough to believe that ?
I disagreed with Becky O'Malley about 99.99% of the time but she has always been extremely fair about running opposing letters. She waited too long to cut off Spitzer after his obvious threats and attempted intimidation. I'd urge a boycott of Sinkinson's Bulldog Reporter if anyone actually read it.
A rather sizable number of Berkeley Jews do disagree with Israeli State policies but even if there were complete agreement it would simply verify Ayn Rand's comment in We The Living that a long line of zeroes just equals
ZERO. Quantity never determines truth.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 04/27/2011 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of April 20

Why is this inane letter being reprinted again ? Let the left libs of the hills wine & brie set pay for NPR themselves. Since NPR claims ony 2% of their budget comes from the Feds they should easily make up the difference
from all the six figure nonproductive attorneys and government bureaucrats who are the core of their audience and they have tons of commercials all day on KQED. The National Propaganda Radio Newshour has a long list of corporate sponsors at the beginning of each slanted news hour.
Ayn Rand wrote about The Establishing Of An Establishment in TheAyn Rand Letter in the 70s, get it from Amazon.
Mrs. Walter Mondale had some loaded arts committee thirty years ago with Ray Taliaferro of KGO as its head. You can imagine the slant.
Multiculturalism in Oakland means Blacks Only. Even the PC German government has declared multiculturalism a failure there.
There are thoughtful conservative Blacks who oppose all this nonsense too.
Mostly braindead white libs are pushing it.

Posted by mike_hardesty7909a on 04/20/2011 at 5:37 PM

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

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