Prop. 35 not right way to solve trafficking

All decent people want to put an end to human trafficking. However, Proposition 35 is not the way to solve the problem.

Virtually everyone working in this field of human trafficking is opposed to this measure. Check out noonprop35.wordpress.com.

Do not permit this well-intentioned but defective law to be our next Three Strikes Law, which will have to be changed in 20 years.

Kim Wayne

Oakland

Sullivan right choice for Oakland council

Oakland is a city facing grave financial and public safety challenges. As voters, we face one of the most important municipal races in recent history and no more so than in District 3 -- a bellwether district for the entire city.

Sean Sullivan is far and above the most engaged and experienced choice in this Oakland race. Oakland cannot afford entry-level experience at the council level and the other candidates, however decent, don't have proved skills for this job.

Sullivan's grasp of the serious issues and his pragmatic and intelligent approach to issues is why Sullivan is the lone candidate so broadly endorsed -- not is he the only District 3 candidate endorsed by the Oakland Tribune, the East Bay Express, and the Bay Area Reporter, but he also has the endorsement of labor, business, public safety and environmentalists.

Oakland needs his caliber of expertise in leadership and his extraordinary collaborative skills if we are to see positive change in this city. I'm very proud to support Sean Sullivan for Oakland City Council.

Melissa Russo

Oakland

Don't be confused, yes on Measure A1

Misinformed opponents of the Oakland Zoo's expansion project are attempting to derail Measure A1 -- although A1 has nothing to do with this project.

By law, funds from A1 must be spent on animal care -- including shelters and enclosures, educational programs for children, and maintaining zoo affordability and public safety. No funds from A1 can be used for zoo expansion in Knowland Park. An oversight committee will ensure that funds are spent solely on projects listed in A1's expenditure plan.

The zoo receives less money from the city of Oakland each year while operating costs increase. If A1 fails, there will be less money for animal care, especially aging animals that require expensive veterinary care.

Deferred maintenance on aging infrastructures will be further delayed. Educational programs for children will be decreased. Entrance fees will increase. Simple as that.

I have volunteered at the zoo in animal management since 1997 and I see firsthand how much these funds are needed. Please vote yes on A1. The animals and children depend on us.

Vicki Gutgesell

Oakland

Sullivan clear choice for Oakland Council

In Oakland's District 3 race, it seems there is a clear front-runner, and that's Sean Sullivan.

First, note that both this paper and the East Bay Express have endorsed him. If two publications that rarely agree on anything both decide he's the right person for the job, then he's probably the right person for the job.

Second, if one looks carefully at all the endorsements, it becomes very clear that both business and labor are strongly behind Sullivan.

Third, and for me most relevant -- he's shown an ability to get the city into gear and get things done. For example, in the Dogtown neighborhood, when mattress and other bulk trash dumping got out of hand, Sullivan began photographing the dumpers in action.

He persuaded the mayor to come out and see for herself how bad the problem had become, and the area is now cleaner than it's been in a long time.

His deep understanding of city workings, and his ability to bring opposing parties to agreement, are what Oakland needs right now.

Daniel Franco

Oakland

Consumers have right to know the products

During the 1990s, our government encouraged genetic engineering of foods without any testing of their effect on human health or the environment.

One technology was Round Up-ready seeds engineered to withstand herbicides. These plants were sprayed with massive amounts of Round Up, which killed weeds but not the plants. Are these plants healthy?

Also produced were Bt-corn seeds that were engineered to be pest-resistant. This meant insecticides were put inside the plant itself. Are these plants healthy?

Cornell University scientists found that beneficial insects were also being killed by Bt-corn. They discovered that almost half of monarch butterfly larvae that ate milkweed dusted with Bt pollen died within days, compared with 100 percent survival rate for larvae that ate Bt-free milkweed. Wind-borne pollen from Bt-corn has also contaminated organic crops growing nearby.

Mexico has years of cultivation and 80 heirloom varieties of corn. Some worry that genetically engineered corn could irreversibly alter the corn gene pool in Mexico.

People deserve a right to choose.

Constance Taylor

Fremont