Letters for the Week of March 4, 2015 

Readers sound off on Oakland's new minimum wage, unions, and OPD's traffic stop practices.

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Here in the Bay Area, I usually align myself with lefties, whether it's ending marijuana prohibition, standing up for same sex marriage rights, or beating back Oakland's Domain Awareness Center. There are simply not enough libertarians to mount opposition to the loss of freedom due to government encroachment upon our daily lives. I practice the Non-Aggression Principal. Stated simply, as an adult I can do whatever the hell I want unless it will harm someone else. This principal is currently being misused by anti-vaxxers, where personal beliefs may, and likely have, led to the harm of others. 

Mr. Gammon's final thought does not go far enough. Deprioritizing vehicle code violations, while better than nothing, won't cut it. Other states are making it illegal to wear a hoodie, and yoga pants, in public. There will always be something to issue a citation for if our mindset stays the same. Wholesale repeal of code at the federal, state, and local level must occur so that personal freedom and many parts of our daily lives can progress unimpeded.

Brian Hofer, Oakland

Corrections

Our February 25 Insider's Guide story, "Oakland's Outdoor Art Exhibit" erroneously stated that the mural in the Fruitvale Bart Station parking lot includes the art of Cannon Dill. In fact, Dill's contribution to the wall was painted over by artist Evan Wilson. Our February 25 Insider's Guide story, "Where to Get Your Drink On," should have stated that our list of the top twelve dive bars were from cities west of the hills — not east. And our February 25 news story, "What the Frack?" misstated Pete Castelli's job title. He is the executive director of SEIU 1021 — not the president.

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