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Re: “Letters of the Week: March 14 Issue

I agree George needs a hug and Micheal comes off as an angry troll. Your not helping the liberal cause spewing venom. You make us sound as bad as the otherside dude. Open your mind and your ass will follow.

Posted by bill h on 03/22/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: March 14 Issue

George needs a hug.

Posted by Julia Allen on 03/22/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: March 14 Issue

george rockwell has the problem all bigots and fools suffer...
belief in his own stunted humanity and lack of informed real world solutions... racist and jingoist with a touch of sexist nonsense for distraction... a black female, namely Rep. Barbara Lee has been the voice for reason and justifiable restraint from hatred and war mongering just for one prominent example... george rockwell has not made any convincing points to justify his ignorance... george rockwell is a constant embarrassment to any sentient being...

Posted by michel chavaniac on 03/22/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: 'Baconslut,' Single-Payer Health Care, and More

I totally agree with Clarence C. Johnson. Did NOT understand the brouhaha about where in the building the affordable units were located. I'd like to point out some advantages of living on lower floors: Residents of the lower floors will spend less time waiting for elevators, will possibly be able to walk the stairs to and from their apartments whenever they want to, and will be able to get in and out a lot faster than residents of the upper floors. Upper floor residents will have better views. Life is a trade-off.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 03/22/2017 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Letters of the Week: 'Baconslut,' Single-Payer Health Care, and More

Jerry. How old are you? Have you ever served in the military? Worked as a paramedic? Assisted in a soup kitchen? I hope you provide yourself with the opportunity to engage with the human race as a complete human, to experience him/she/their/it suffering first hand. Your nonchalant critiques are cruel.

Posted by Nick Chase on 03/13/2017 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: 'Baconslut,' Single-Payer Health Care, and More

Jerry, and other people that fall for these right wind talking points, are ultimately spending a lot more money than they would be if we had a better welfare state. They'd rather be spiteful about those in dire straits than realize how much of their tax dollars go to making the rich richer, and how little those rich people pay.

Posted by Magnu on 03/10/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of March 1

What should be recalled about Biffs was its Colossus of Rhodes goofy sign. That was worth preserving, but it was the first thing to go. The other iconic beacon, also on Broadway, was the sign for Daves Coffee Shop. That too just seemed to disappear overnight. Not so strange is the fact that it was purchased by the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art. Both signs had a friendly, folksy zing to them. The friendly, folksy zing seems to be an element in short supply.

Nick Chase, Oakland

Posted by Nick Chase on 03/05/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of January 25, 2016

I wonder why there are so many 70 year and older representatives in office and keep getting reelected. How could they possibly have the energy to do their jobs. I'm now in my 60's with no health problems and I know personally how stamina and passion for work can fall off.

Posted by bill h on 01/25/2017 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of January 25, 2016

Regarding the "My Voice Matters" article, these women are directimg their frustrations at the wrong person. They should be addressing their letters to our own US Senator, Dianne Feinstein. I use the term "senator" loosely, because for this past critical year, Feinstein has been missing in action.

I actually wrote her to inquire if she was still alive, because she was nowhere to be found on the camapaign trail to stump for our first female candidate running for the highest office of the land. She is the senior senator representing the most populated state in the nation, and she decides to take a powder for the entire 2017 election.

California is supposed to be leading the nation for progressive causes, and we have an 83 year old senator who has absolutely ZERO interest in representing our interests. She is just riding out the gravytrain until her retirement in 2018, but these next two years are critical to the survival of our nation. Can we really afford a do-nothing Trump lackey who intends to rubber-stamp every pick he submits for both his cabinet and the US Supreme Court? That is EXACTLY what she intends to do. Go along to get along seems to be her guiding philosophy.

Feinstein has been milking the assassination of Harvey Milk for way too long. That unfortunate event was a gift to her and she's made a lucrative career out of it. It's time for her to step aside and let Gavin Newsom assume her duties as our voice in Washington. She obviously is no longer up for the challenge. It's the right thing to do for both California and our nation. Dianne, please step aside and let someone who is physically up for the challenge speak for California.


Mark Romankiw
Oakland CA

Posted by MarkRomankiw on 01/25/2017 at 2:23 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of December 14, 2016

I asked Schaaf via FB, if she raised the issue of racist mascots with any NFL owners. No response. I concur, she is a liar and hires worse: Peggy Moore.
Where does the buck stop? (from one who spent 12 years in iffy warehouse spaces in Berkeley and Emeryville for my band. The buck did not stop with Jerry Brown-Ron Dellums and hopefully one-termer Schaaf. Anyone remember when Brown deigned to attend a Council meeting to vote against a 10% low income set aside in buildings seeking height or other zoning variances? At the time, Emeryville and Berkeley had 20% low income set asides. A reason I can afford to live in Arreguin country. We have taken Berkeley back from Bates and his billionaire developer friends. I guess that $$ goes to Skinner and Schaaf now>
Libby Schaaf: Fire the lying, violent, opportunist Peggy Moore before she incorporates you into her game. John Iversen

looks like a great Xpress issue!

Posted by John Tango Iversen on 12/14/2016 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of October 19, 2016

I also think that the Board including in its 12 year $120 parcel tax the provision that increase in the Board's middle school charter school enrollment, over and above any District middle school enrollment increases, will trigger a redistribution of District pay raises to fund addition pay raises for mostly non-union Board charter school employees is going to upset Oakland Unified School District employees when they see their pay checks being reduced.

Whomever thought up this redistribution of employees pay raise to charter school employees for Measure G1 should be fired. And, passage of Measure G1 means that this dumb idea will be in place for 12 years.

Anyone want to join me in voting NO on Measure G1 dumb parcel tax?

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 10/19/2016 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of September 28, 2016

Why the **** are we allowing the legalization of recreational marijuana to be smoked??? When we are trying to reduce cancer rates and other diseases linked to tobacco and marijuana use. OF course there are always fools who are reckless with their health. Sure grandpa may have smoked for 200 hundred years--but he had emphysema and was reduced to a very small world around him. DO YOU REALLY WANT TO SUFFER LIKE HE AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS DID SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY DISRESPECTED WHAT WAS A SACRED ELEMENT OF OUR ABORIGINEE'S CULTURE THAT WAS NOT DONE ON A RECREATIONAL BASIS. WHY ARE CONTRIBUTING TO GLOBAL WARMING BY ADDING MORE UNNECESSARY CO2 TO THE ATMOSPHERE SMOKING AND HEATING UP OUR PLANET? Recreational use of any substance that is intended for medication is an inappropriate use and inappropriate behavior.

I have nothing against the use of marijuana for medical uses--when the delivery system is not burned or smoked, chewed but as a health care worker --I see medical marijuana as a positive thing in medicine. That said Recreational use of drugs leads to people not being in control of their lives they are driven by the drug of their recreational choice--we see this most easily in tobacco smokers where they will defend the right to smoke and fight you over it and they do not know that they often smell bad and cannot find the pleasure of good taste of foods they eat like those who are not inappropriate in such matters.

Lets helped stop global warming world wide by stop unnecessarily contributing CO2 to the world's atmosphere--we were not designed to smoke to begin with or use tobacco et al. We can save billions of dollars by not smoking or using other delivery systems and be much healthier.

Posted by ludwig on 09/28/2016 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of July 27, 2016

Not sure how to send a "letter to the editor" so am doing it here. How about an article exposing the real money behind the so called "Grocery Tax" which is being heavily advertised as hurting small markets in underserved neighborhoods. Is this proposed tax only on sugary sodas or ALL bottled drinks containing sugar? Does it also tax actual food, fresh and canned? If it taxes soda only, who is paying the people featured in the TV and print advertisements? Are they real store owners or actors - the voters would like more clarification of this since we are being bombarded about a grocery tax which may not even tax groceries!

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 08/01/2016 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of June 1, 2016

@steve tabor
I rather think it was Mr Tabor who is having a hard time leaving junior high behind; bad experience with the football team?

And perhaps no coincidence he refers to the predominately African American athletes in the article as "boys" who need to "grow up."

Sports and entertainment are a diversion. It's Mr Tabor who is taking that too seriously, and setting up false conflict between say enjoying the Dubs and political action. All while casting shade on the thousands of Oaklanders who like a good basketball game. At their local junior high or at the Coliseum.

Posted by Ambierce Brose on 06/02/2016 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of June 1, 2016

@steve tabor
Thank you very much for such a thoughtful and well written letter. I am a 68 year old man who gave up my own addiction to "sports" when I turned 50. One day, I realized the utter stupidity of deciding what I could plan for a Sunday only after hearing whether "my" team was at home or away.

I still shoot hoops, but I never watch. In fact, I'm seldom aware of which sport is even in season--one of the blessings/curses of retirement.

Thanks again; it's nice to know that my antipathy to professional sports is shared by others.

Posted by Stephen Shuttleworth on 06/01/2016 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of March 23, 2016

Re-Barton response

As a homeowner in Oakland I welcome the increased value of both my land and my dwelling. There's no windfall anything. We made an investment and the value grew.

My home is "affordable" because of educational and economic decisions made long ago. Don't rent-ever or only so long as you have to OR move to a community where housing is "affordable" to your income.

Any high school student taking economics soon learns that as a function of capital , land prices will rise with increased demand. Acknowledge that as the viability of living in a diverse and city with opportunity that Oakland resonates with people with larger incomes, rents, home prices, and yes rents will go up. I'd prefer that than the shell of the Oakland I worked in during late 1980's and 1990's with mindless murder and drug wars in North and West Oakland

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 03/24/2016 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of February 10, 2016

Ms. Eng nails it perfectly. Create a child friendly Oakland, create a better Oakland.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 02/10/2016 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Letters for the week of December 16-22

In response to Erik Kengaard, I respectfully disagree. There may not be enough "developable land" for large structures but there are certainly MANY empty lots, even in my small neighborhood - there is a large empty lot at Lakeshore and MacArthur as well as a smaller one left from an abandoned building project from the recession on Wesley and MacArthur. These two lots are more than large enough for a small apartment complex. I surely have driven by vacant lots in West Oakland although I can't pinpoint them in this comment. Regarding the two on MacArthur, surely there could be a constructive project in both - right now, the smaller one is overgrown and unused and the larger one is a parking lot, currently locked and not used.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 12/30/2015 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Letters for the week of December 16-22

The problem arises from government policies that discourage the construction of new housing? No, the problem arises from overpopulation. There is no developable land left in Oakland.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 12/30/2015 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of September 16

Mr Elliott brave of you to respond to east bay express accusing them of not contacting you??? I noticed you didn't respond to any of their accusations----I am one of the backyard neighbors who has to put up with all the noise and partying which goes on at 1001 winsor...last night at 3am i called the police as i was tired of listening to ghostbusters being sung over and over again...we are fed up...quit breaking the law, we want our quiet residential neighborhood back...not your party central!!!! you are an insult to our lovely neighborhood!!!!!

Posted by Susan Elliott on 10/04/2015 at 11:19 AM

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