Letters of the Week: Berkeley, National Embarrassment? 

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“Skate Or DIY: Why Is It So Damn Hard To Build A Skate Park In Oakland?” by Brian Krans, Feature Story, March 14:

Support Skaters and Open Spaces
A few years back, a group of skateboarders started using a long concrete bench as a ledge in an Emeryville park around the corner from my job. At first, I was annoyed to see them scuffing things up in our brand new park. But then I saw that they were out there every day practicing their skills and filming each other in action.
     I realized they were doing exactly what we say we want young people to do: get out in the fresh air and exercise, work together cooperatively, learn discipline, patience, and persistence, be independent. These are kids we should support and encourage with more spaces they can call their own.
Brenda Carter


“Bay Area Activists Protest Peter Thiel’s Partnership With Immigration and Customs Enforcement” by Bert Johnson, News, March 14:

The Message? Log Off.
As a wise sage from the 20th century suggested, “the media is the message.” And the message here is that the media you are using is creating data that is being used for someone else’s profit and, in some cases, against you and your interests. Take action and disconnect from Fakebook, Pay Pal, Amazon, iTunes, etc.
Vince Rubino


“Berkeley Is First City in America to Divest From Companies that Work on Trump’s Border Wall” by Nick Miller, News, March 15:

Berkeley: A National Embarrassment?
Could someone please explain to me what’s wrong with having a wall? Is it immoral to ask for individuals to obtain passage into this country legally? Do not illegals undercut the wages of your average blue collar worker? Are we not concerned about poverty and crime in America? Do you not care about your black countrymen who are in direct competition with illegals concerning jobs?
And the mayor wants to talk about not building walls, yet had no problem in supporting the Antifa wall that kept Milo Yiannopoulos from giving his speech. If people are so concerned about speech triggering them, or inciting hate, perhaps you should do a better job as parents and professors in raising your kids to think critically and with reason, not with emotion like some black female.
     Berkeley is a national embarrassment.
George Rockwell

The Wall Is Good For One Thing Only
This country has managed without a wall for 250 years, so why do we all of a sudden need one? Fat cat government contracts. That’s all.
Michael Connelly


“Lady Esther’s Rises Once Again, Now in Downtown Oakland” by Luke Tsai, What the Fork, March 14:

Awesome News!
This is awesome news! My cousin knew Ms. Lady Esther well, as he was one of her food service vendors. I remember when she died — a very sad day in Oakland. My father, who is now 85 years young, frequented her restaurant and remembers fondly how kind and Ms. Lady Esther was.
Teresa L. Washington-Evans


Bring Back the Stuffed Shrimp
I pray she brings back the stuffed shrimp. I remember my uncle Green Hodges used to clean the restaurant. My oldest daughters baby picture hung in the main area. Those were the days!
D Mascharney Smith-Franklin

Now, Three Good Soul Food Spots
I went to elementary and junior high with Lady Esther’s son and frequented her restaurant all the time. So glad the family is back! I was just lamenting that only a few old time soul food restaurants are even around. Now we’ve got three.
C. Leonard

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