Hypocrisy on race relations never-ending
Regarding "There's A Chilling Effect In the Melting Pot" about Steve Kopff's being labeled as a "gentrifier" in his new Oakland neighborhood, I was stunned to read about his uphill attempt to make a difference in a low-income neighborhood.
If Mr. Kopff were anything other than white, he probably would be praised. But he is unwelcome and labeled a pushy colonizer with a "white settler" mentality. And, anti-low income! So the goal in life is to have a low income? Is it because if one rises above a poverty-level income, he/she is no longer eligible to receive all of the never-ending government handouts? I hope the people who are raising children there do not teach their children to NOT rise to their greatest abilities. Generations of "people of color" have already been lost to the drug of government subsidy.
What is ironic is that our tax money is used to build subsidized, low-income housing, yet when a man wants to spend his OWN money to make a difference, he is treated like a pariah in those very neighborhoods. Who's running this circus?
State funds don't come from thin air
On Feb. 10, in his letter to the Tri-Valley Times, Mr. John R. Crowell shows an attitude so typical of the Left Coast. He is bemoaning the thought of being taxed to pay for the health care of the uninsured and underinsured. "It's the job of the federal and state governments, not taxpayers, to shoulder the burden." Just where does he think the federal and state governments get the money to "shoulder the burden?"
Donald R. Merucci
Humans kill too many of our animals
Well my, my, another justification for murder is under way. Shame on those squirrels and gophers who are "unleashing" toxins into the bay. How did the toxins get there in the first place and who can't figure out how to fix it? Why do animals always seem to suffer the consequences, e.g. wild horses (losing) vs. ranchers, too many cats/dogs (euthanized) because owners won't spay/neuter (even if it's free) and elephants that are slaughtered because someone wants ivory? It's a sad world we live in where killing seems to be the choice of many.
Police can't just shoot to wound armed suspects
I was concerned by the recent letter by a writer chastising the police for not shooting a person with a gun in the hand or shoulder. It is only in the movies where the gun is shot out of the criminal's hand.
According to Wikipedia 11,419 Americans died of gun-related incidents in 2013. Of these, 31 were sworn peace officers killed in the line of duty. Only 309 (2.68 percent) of the 11,419 were fatally wounded by sworn peace officers. The writer should address his wounding campaign to those who killed the other 11,079 Americans.
People like the letter writer need to give the members of law enforcement a break. Does he really think these police officers want to be responsible for taking a life? Does he think they do not suffer mental and emotional anguish from their actions? I would suggest most of these 309 officer-involved deaths could have been avoided had the person merely followed the officers' instructions and put down the weapons when instructed.
A good read but wishing more saw it
Imagine my surprise to find two astute writers accurately bringing to light (Feb. 6) the transgressions, scandals and bizarre initiatives that have led to the current state of American politics in the newspaper!
Unfortunately, fewer of your readers will find these fine testaments of our government as they have been regulated to the community section of your newspaper designated for residents of Danville, Alamo and Blackhawk interests mainly. Juxtaposed with your main opinion page and the day's topics: Guns, climate change, homosexuality and immigration; a novice reader might conclude that your publication has a left-leaning agenda ... or perhaps further surmise that your newspaper endorsed our present administration in the last two elections ....
News good in the region for a change
I was fortunate to catch a postseason football awards dinner at one of the local high schools this month.
It was a packed house in the school's commons, all three teams were present (frosh, JV and varsity). Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles showed up to wish these young men well.
As these well conditioned, well mannered, well dressed young men walked to the podium to receive awards in leadership, GPAs, teamwork and dedication, moms and dads held hands, grandmas cried and grandpas slapped a knee.
Although this team had a championship season, little was said about athletic ability. I saw no tattoos, no body piercing, well groomed pants were fastened securely at the waist with a belt. These young men committed 12 months to their sport, and tonight they received their recognition. The hugs and the pats on the back from coaches sent a clear message to parents and kids that hard work and dedication does pay off, and whatever lies ahead, they'll be ready for it.
On my way home, I was thinking, "Wouldn't it be nice to read about nice things like this in the 'our communities in brief' column instead of 'body found in the streets of Oakland; two suspects arrested'?" Readers?
Study refuted anti-warming claim in 2001
A letter on Feb. 13 ("Inconvenient truths ...") states that, in 1997, 9,000 Ph.D.'s, including 1,400 in climate-related fields, signed a petition discounting global warming. This statistic is a beautiful example on how to cling to an outdated idea like grim death.
In 2001, when Scientific American magazine sampled those 1,400 climate guys, 23 percent had already changed their mind. Another 30 percent said they really hadn't studied the petition and 11 percent didn't even remember signing it.
In 2007, a random survey of meteorologists and geophysicists showed that 84 percent said they personally believed in "human- induced warming" and only five percent were climate-change deniers (from Wikipedia).
In 2013, a survey of more than 11,000 peer-reviewed papers found that 97 percent supported the thesis of man-made global warming (from Wikipedia).
Why doesn't the writer see much recent heating? The ocean and not the air is absorbing 90 percent of the heat. In the last 30 years, the oceans of the world have absorbed energy equivalent to detonating a Hiroshima bomb every second for the entire 30 years. The ocean has risen more than seven inches in the last century, and the rate has doubled (from Wikipedia).
Conclusion: global warming, by any name, is settled science, unless you live in 1997.
W. Michael Youngblood