Mosquito's range is an eye-opener

This paper recently printed an article about tropical-disease-carrying mosquitoes found in California.

Hasn't the yellow-fever mosquito gotten the memo claiming that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by liberals?

The truth is, the apolitical mosquito, also capable of carrying dengue, is increasing its range to California, responding to a warmer climate.

Scientists have warned about the devastating impact climate change will have on human health as tropical diseases make their way to formerly temperate climates. This mosquito finding is early evidence that they are correct.

We need to act now to preserve a livable world versus a nightmarish one of suffering that is approaching. This means electing politicians to take bold action to mitigate climate change (more solar, a carbon tax, weatherproofing); getting rid of all climate change deniers in Congress; joining groups (such as 350.org and others) organized to force climate change mitigation.

The United States can be a leader and not a world laggard. The Earth is our home. If we love it and our children, we need to fight.

Christine Volker

Richmond

We must help our homeless vets


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As we approach Veterans Day, I would like to call attention to AB 639, which will be a ballot measure next June.

California has 2 million veterans and leads the nation in homeless vets -- some 19,000 of them. Twenty-five percent of homeless vets in the United States live in our state.

Many of these veterans need access to multifamily housing they can afford and units equipped with community support services such as mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and help with physical injuries.

Our veterans, who served us and returned home, need to find that civilian life welcomes them.

Richard Asadoorian

Antioch

Media covers up for Democrats

Is this correct? Congress passed the Affordable Care Act and, according to the Constitution, only Congress can amend it.

President Barack Obama bypassed Congress when government workers said they preferred their present insurance and he allowed them to be exempt.

Big Business protested and Obama allowed them more time. The unions protested and, again, Obama allowed them more time.

Some Republicans want to allow the public more time and immediately they are "villains."

I believe Republicans' approval ratings would be equal to or surpass Democrats if the media didn't suppress bad news for Democrats and endlessly repeat Republicans' mistakes.

Did you hear Leon Panetta's angry rant on Obama's Syrian policy? Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was very critical, too. I saw it only on Fox News.

Pauline Walton

Lafayette

Comments on paper's coverage

Kudos to reporter Mike Rosenberg, whose continuous coverage of the BART strike has been thorough, clearly written and impartial.

However, the recent editorial urging Mayor Jean Quan not to seek a second term, partly on the basis of an Oakland Chamber of Commerce poll of Oakland residents, failed to point out that the poll consisted mostly of more affluent, white and elderly voters and fewer poor, minority and young voters.

Given the well-known conservative bias of that chamber of commerce, the editors should be more discriminating when citing it or any similar source.

Ruby MacDonald

El Cerrito