Letters for August 6 

You want us to let Jesus into our hearts, you don't trust Chevron or Children's Hospital of Oakland, and you're sick of warrantless searches, development in Alameda, diesel trucks, Oakland cops, and UC Berkeley libraries.

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Ms. Grant, you've deeply inspired me: count on it!

Joseph Covino Jr., Walnut Creek

The Truth About Diesel

I moved to the east end of Alameda four years ago. At first I wasn't aware of the slow changes in my health, but as time went on, I noticed strange symptoms. The symptoms are listed at end of e-mail. After installing a window HEPA filter with a fan in front of it and closing all windows, the symptoms vanished overnight. This lead me to see the cause of the symptoms, the dangerous diesel pollutants generated from the vast amounts of (daily 2,000, 14,000 weekly) diesel trucks, ships, and other traffic at the Port of Oakland.

The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach recently have stepped up programs to address this serious health issue. The Port of Oakland has implemented a plan. The only problem is, the time frame is set for 2020. That's twelve years from now, which is unacceptable.

In the course of my work, I've rented to traveling nurses. From them I've found out how many people are being put in the hospital and at risk from the diesel particulates who live within a one- to four-mile radius of the Port of Oakland. This includes Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, Alameda, and possibly Treasure Island and Richmond. In addition, we hear ambulance sirens on average once a day. Less if the winds are coming from the south.

Almost every person I speak to — neighbors, officials, etc. — are not able to comprehend the vast amounts of diesel exhaust in the air. This is because they are not able to smell the air, due to not having a comparison. Since I am now aware of it, I actually can begin to smell it as I come up to the Highway 24 tunnel from the Orinda side. We will not be staying in this area. My concern is for the rest of the people living here.

This is something that needs to be addressed by the agencies and politicians responsible and the public needs to be made aware of to put pressure on them. I hope you are seeing the severity of this situation.


> Glue-like (sticky) phlegm.

> Insomnia.

> Severe and daily diarrhea.

> Continual metallic taste.

> Strange skin tabs and growths.

> Memory problems.

> Arthritic-like pains.

> Gum and teeth problems.

> Chest pains.

> Lowered immune system.

> Bloating.


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