Letters for November 25 

Readers sound off on West Berkeley development, North Korea, and Dan Das Mann.

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John F. Davies, Berkeley

Strength in Diversity

Setting aside the dubious worth of the University of California's embrace of British Petroleum and biofuels, Gammon's unwillingness toacknowledge the connection between the economic health and substantial financial contribution of the one part of Berkeley that works and itsperhaps complex but functional zoning restrictions is peculiar.

Portfolios, biospheres, populations, and societies are stronger, healthier, and have more creative possibilities if they are diverse. Thecurrent West Berkeley Plan's restrictions have created perhaps the last neighborhood where art and industry, both large and small, can survive.

If Mayor Bates, his economic development team and a deck of developers want to try some new ideas, I suggest they tackle the empty storefronts littering the downtown and nearby commercial zones currently burdening existing businesses and the tax base. Those of us who live and work in West Berkeley love it here, and yes, we know how to sign referendum petitions.

Carol Denney, Berkeley

Correction

In our November 18 music feature on Pirate Cat Radio, we misstated the year that major radio ownership rules changed. It was 1996.

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