Court must release names of officers

This is regarding the Times editorial "Officers' names must be released."

I find myself agreeing that the California Supreme Court should release the names of the police officers involved in shootings. We, the people, have the right to know who were responsible after shooting a man they thought was holding a gun.

The American Civil Liberties Union should not be invoking the safety of the officers. What about the safety of the people who died because of their mistakes?

The police should think before they engage. There are many objects that look like a weapon, hence why some police officers make the same mistake.

While I respect the police departments for helping our communities to be safe from harm, it is difficult to continue holding that respect. Shooting people because it looks like they were holding a weapon is an old excuse. It has got to stop.

The public should feel safe, but nowadays some are beginning to disrespect and fear the police.

Lan Tran

El Cerrito Tran is a student at Contra Costa College.

No proof humans caused change

I'm amazed by the so-called "overwhelming evidence" that humans have had an extensive impact on climate change.

In the 1970s, we were supposed to fear "global cooling." In the 1990s, it was "global warming." And now that the Earth hasn't gotten warmer in the last 10 years, it's called "climate change."

To believe humans are affecting climate change, one has to know what climate is considered normal for the Earth. Unless you can define "normal," there's no ability to say what abnormal climate is. There hasn't been record-keeping long enough for anyone to say what's normal for the Earth.

Humans have added CO2 to the atmosphere in the last 100 years. Scientists say warming is consistent with an increase in CO2 because they can't find any other reason for Earth warming. This has been interpreted by the public that all other possibilities have been eliminated.

So, humans are putting CO2 into the atmosphere; let's scare people, politicize it, raise money and get votes.

Who better to do that than the Democratic Party, where everyone's a victim.

Philip R. La Scola

Livermore

Program teaches healthy cooking

The American Heart Association is proud of its Kids Cook With Heart program.

We applaud Theresa Harrington's recent article "Teens collaborate in Iron Chef-style healthy cooking," which captures the excitement and genuine interest our teen students embody when learning how to prepare and cook heart-healthy meals.

Nearly one-fifth of American teens are obese or overweight. And the trend is rising. Kids Cook With Heart is a small yet significant step in the right direction. It provides hands-on instruction, from shopping for produce, sanitation, acquiring knife skills to cooking a tasty and heart-healthy food.

Curriculum is aligned with American Heart Association dietary guidelines. We are investing in a generation that will adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle, including eating protein, grains, fiber and leafy greens.

We are pleased to be able to expand the program to 40 schools over the next two school years with the support of Whole Food Markets Northern California.

Dr. Jeffrey Klingman

Orinda Klingman is the president of American Heart Association East Bay board of directors.

Witnessed water dowsing in action

Judging from a recent Times article, I understand that "state and federal water scientists disapprove of dowsing" and water witching.

The practice of locating underground water using willow branches or other divining tools does seem like a crock of voodoo. However, I had the opportunity to actually feel and see dowsing in action.

One year, at Wright's Lake, which is west of Lake Tahoe, there were piles of snow on the ground and a friend demonstrated dowsing to our camping group. He bent the ends of two pieces of brazing rod (about the diameter of a metal coat hanger, 18 inches long) at 90 degrees, for handles.

We took turns holding the rods loosely in our fists, which were slightly tilted forward so that the rods pointed ahead, parallel to each other. When we walked over snow banks, the rods swung in our fists to cross over each other. After passing the snowbanks, the rods returned to their parallel positions.

When we walked over a stream, the rods vigorously crossed over each other. I can't explain it, but I saw it work. The "water scientists" should go on a field trip and give it a try.

Julie Ruth Haselden

El Sobrante