Anti-male news bias is tiresome

Why are these articles ALWAYS about women? Why does no one in the mainstream media look at why boys are the ones actually falling behind? There are many studies that show this to be true.

There are all kinds of programs to get girls interested in science, technology engineering and mathematics -- NONE that I can see for boys. The country as a whole doesn't have enough kids going into these disciplines, and yet we focus only on getting girls, who are, generally and maybe biologically, less interested in such subjects.

Why not study what percentage of boys are in nursing? Gee, it's more than 90 percent women. Is that a problem?

There are biological differences between men and women. This HAS to play a part in the nursing side of this discussion.

I'm just so tired of hearing "poor girls" while the boys get zip, zero, nada support in these fields. They're hard subjects; kids need support to succeed in these areas -- girls AND boys. It's great to encourage girls, but we can't forget "half the population."

Joe Silva

Pleasanton

Pleasanton sold out to developers

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce coup d'état of our city government is complete! On March 4, the City Council ignored 20 years of hard-fought slow-growth policies put in place by the blood, sweat, and tears of our citizenry and handed the keys to the city to developers.


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After losing our voter-approved 29,000-unit housing cap a few years ago, Pleasanton was forced to rezone properties throughout the city to accommodate thousands of new housing units to meet our state-mandated Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocations. Stunningly, just a few days ago, city staff revealed that our RHNA requirements were grossly overestimated and as a result, we have a SURPLUS of 1,245 units approved or rezoned!

Based on this shocking news, did the council decide to put the brakes on development to correct the overshoot of our requirements? Unfortunately, no. They put the pedal to the metal, ignored city policy to not exceed RHNA and authorized planning for an additional 2,200 units for the east side. Only Councilmember Karla Brown spoke out against this flagrant disregard to our growth management polices and the will of the people.

Incredibly, Pleasanton has transformed overnight from a slow-growth, carefully planned community to one where the council has put out the welcome mat to developers while turning a deaf ear to their constituents. How could this have happened so suddenly? It's simple: the legalized bribery known as campaign contributions has bought our City Council for business interests while stealing our democracy.

Matt Sullivan

Pleasanton City Councilmember, 2004-2012 Planning Commissioner, 1998-2004

U.S. should get tougher with Russia

Putin said that Russia reserved the right to intervene in Ukraine to protect the Russian-speaking minority there. (Do you remember Hitler's claim to protect the Sudetendeutsch in Czechoslovakia?)

Russia passed laws cracking down on gays. (Do you remember Nazi Germany passing laws in the 1930s excluding Jews from society?) President Obama threatened Russia with unspecified consequences if it continued its invasion of Ukraine. (Do you remember the feeble red lines President Obama enunciated regarding the Iranian development of nuclear weapons and the beginning of the Syrian civil war?)

Russia announced that it was establishing seven military bases around the world, including two in our own backyard. (Do you remember Chuck Hagel just announcing that the U.S. Army will be reduced by yet another 130,000 troops and that the benefits to all military families would be drastically cut?) Oh well, you may say, what can we do about the invasion of Ukraine, surely not go to war? Surely not, but we do have recourse besides impotent threats to defriend Russia on Facebook:

  • Brand-new technology has provided the United States with the ability to increase oil and gas production dramatically. This nation could supply Europe with liquefied natural gas and also drive down the price of oil. This would strike the Russian oligarchs where it hurts, their wallets.

  • We could reverse the decision not to put anti-missile missiles in Poland. Our retreat from that promise was seen by the newly freed nations of Eastern Europe, and all of our allies, in general, as our entry into a period of isolationism.

  • We could stop drawing meaningless "red lines." Strengthen the sanctions on Iran, not weaken them. That would be a meaningful signal.

  • We could keep our military modern and well prepared, rather than sacrificed on the altar of neoisolationism.

    Henry D. Shay

    Livermore

    Some of ways governor can get my vote

    I will vote for Jerry Brown if he ...

  • abandons the unneeded and costly high-speed-rail project and

  • begins serious planning for expanding our water supplies by dams and a string of desalination facilities along the coast and

  • starts significantly expanding the Port of Stockton's container facilities to greatly reduce the truck traffic that tremendously overloads and damages freeways between the Bay Area and the rest of the nation (Interstates 80, 880, 580).

  • gets serious about providing practical vocational training in schools and prisons to reduce dropouts and crime.

    We need water, better traffic patterns and training for people to find good jobs. We do NOT need a doomed-to-failure high-speed-rail project.

    How about it, governor? Are you going to address some real problems? I will vote for you if you do.

    Rod Gerhart

    Sunol

    Heroin OD care training is necessary

    Are Bay Area paramedics and, or, police officers trained to carry and administer naloxone to treat heroin overdose victims?

    If they are how many times has it been administered and how effective were the results? If they are not, why not?

    Patrick M. Lofft

    grief minister Catholic Community of Pleasanton