For this city, it's time for Quan & Co. to go
We should applaud fellow letter writers for reminding us of the ineptitude and schizoid messages, not to mention overwhelming incompetence, from Mayor Jean Quan and the City Council (her cronies). Oakland continues to be the city that can't get its act together, not a gem in the rough but deeper in the dumps. It's had a succession of mayors who do nothing and get paid, ignore vast problems in search of a scapegoat or participate in the continued demise of this city -- as in Mayor Quan and her cabinet's case.
The problem lies deeper. In the last election it was "Let's Make a Deal" between Quan and Rebecca Kaplan, while Oakland residents lost yet again. There is an absolute gross level of incompetence that rests not just on Quan but her City Council; Dan Kalb, Pat Kernighan, Lynette Gibson, Libby Schaaf, Desley Brooks, Larry Reid, Kaplan, even at the port with Bryan Parker. The council sat by with thumb in mouth during the continued demise of Quan's reign as leader -- doing nothing.
Oakland continues down a deep decline. If we elect anyone on her cabinet, residents lose. Anyone can be a good speaker, but Oakland needs competent leadership with direction who can face enormous challenges and problems that have plagued this city for years. We can only hope voters realize Oakland requires a lifeline and CPR, not more stupidity -- we've had years of that.
U.S. aids and abets slaughter in Gaza
I am disgusted, but not surprised that not one member of the U.S. Senate had the strength or decency to vote against the resolution supporting the Israeli attack on Gaza. It requires enormous courage and integrity to stand up to the Israeli lobby.
The Israeli military is targeting hospitals and ambulances in Gaza. Look at the photos of the demolished buildings in Shajiya, of the Palestinian boys playing soccer on the beach who were killed by the Israeli Defense Forces. Israel is targeting civilians. It is engaging in collective punishment. This is a war crime. Israel is able to commit these and many other atrocities because of the unconditional financial support of the United States.
People are standing up. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world, including in the United States, have taken to the streets to protest Israel's siege of Gaza and the U.S. complicity in this crime. Is there not one elected official with the courage and compassion to demand an end to the massacre in Gaza?
ADT lawsuit raises serious questions
The state has filed a lawsuit against alarm company ADT for e-waste dumping, throwing out old batteries, lead circuit boards and old smoke detectors with mercury in California landfills.
Since this company is more than 100 years old and had no procedures in place before the lawsuit, we can only assume they've been e-waste dumping for more than 100 years.
The questions are endless -- how many birth defects, cancer and other health problems will be caused by this? Who's going to clean up this mess? Who is going to monitor these negligent, incompetent e-waste polluters?
How many other companies are doing this? Where's the EPA? If only they could dig this toxic waste up, bury it in their own backyards, then we would be safe from them.
Allow due process for kids at border
Please remember the kids at the border are someone's children and deserve decent treatment. In addition, they are on our land -- the place where rule of law governs. They are entitled to due process and equal protection of law.
Congress should pass the president's supplemental funding request and not roll back protections to unaccompanied minors. These children must have protections under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which, passed with bipartisan support and was signed by President George W. Bush, ensures the physical safety of unaccompanied children and the proper screening for humanitarian protection and must not be weakened.
Unaccompanied children are fleeing violence and should not be returned to unsafe situations but must be protected and cared for humanely while assured due process.
They have legitimate claims to protection under our asylum laws. For all of these reasons in addition to the tremendous backlog in immigration courts, funding should be expanded to this area.
I stand firmly against any proposal that would sacrifice a child's safety for expedience. Our freedom-loving nation should instead find ways to reduce the violence these children face in their home countries and ensure that children who arrive in America have access to the legal counsel and services they need.
Evelyn J. Herrera