Letters for the Week of November 14 

Readers sound off on robberies in Oakland, e-cigs, and media coverage of the BART strike.

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Joshua Summit, Hayward


"What a Waste," Feature, 10/23

Provide More Dumpsters

Obviously punishing people who have no other options won't work. The city needs to lean on Waste Management to provide dumpsters in impacted areas. It seems to me that would be a lot easier and more cost-effective than sending cops out to patrol the neighborhoods.

Ann Katz, Oakland


Miscellaneous

Consume Local Music

In the Bay Area, folks largely realize the importance of consuming locally. We know that it's good for the environment; we know that it sustains local jobs; and we know that it builds our local economy. That being said, most people do not extend this logic to music.

Every time I hear top 40 popular music playing on someone's radio, I wonder if they realize that supporting and normalizing those artists pours money into the hands of a few corporations that are consolidating media to the point of monopoly. Music shapes and reflects our culture, so why let corporate giants dictate and profit from this aspect of our lives when we're often so conscious of the other facets of our consumption?

Since the hip hop industry shares overlapping ownership with privatized prisons around the country, it's no wonder that mainstream-promoted rappers often depict behaviors that 1) land people in prison, 2) erode community and respect for peers, and 3) do not represent the broader and more complex genre as a whole. There are plenty of underground Bay Area artists performing near you with inspiring, honest, and intelligent messages that uplift, rather than degrade our community. Act locally, change the station.

Devin Weaver, Assistant Executive Director, Hip Hop for Change, Oakland

Award

The Express won a national award for journalism excellence in science reporting from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The paper won for Azeen Ghorayshi's May 1 cover story, "Warning: Quake in 60 Seconds." Her in-depth report explored efforts by scientists at UC Berkeley to develop a statewide early warning system for earthquakes.

The judges said Ghorayshi's piece was "sound on science and sage on the politics of earthquake early warning systems," and said the report explained "complicated seismology questions clearly and engagingly."

Ghorayshi's award also included a $3,000 honorarium. The first-place award was in the small newspaper category for all print publications in the United States with a circulation of less than 100,000. Founded in 1848, the American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world's largest general scientific society and is the publisher of the journal Science.

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