Demand funding for public health
Recently, there was a meeting of California tuberculosis controllers, which was held in Oakland on World TB Day, March 26.
Although TB is the biggest killer of people with HIV/AIDS globally, TB has declined in California and is largely found among foreign born. TB knows no borders and is becoming increasingly drug-resistant, although most cases are curable if people have access to testing, treatment and health care. Our California public health departments do a great job but struggle. Without continual public health programs, TB, polio and other epidemics will rebound and research and treatment programs cannot take their funding for granted.
I ask readers and the paper to let Gov. Brown, your Assembly members and state senators know of your support for expanded funding for public health programs in the California 2015 budgets. Ask your Congress representatives and senators to support funding for global and domestic public health in our 2015 federal budget.
Child prostitution going on in the open
In traffic on International at 26th, I saw a child prostitute, a very-obvious pimp with her. He sent her around the corner. When I turned the corner, I saw this same child performing a sex act with man in a doorway, in broad daylight.
I called OPD. They sent patrolmen. But you know what, Oakland? I know the city wants economic improvement. Flagrant prostitution on International does not encourage people to invest in Oakland.
And children -- obvious children -- as prostitutes, on the street, engaging in sex acts in doorways in daylight, speaks not of the usual "Aw, what can we do about streetwalkers" attitude. No, it speaks of giving up on a whole neighborhood. There are other blocks where open crack dealing regularly goes on, right out in the open. The police know all about it.
Yes, I know what the prosecution problems are. But simply accepting such things creates a sense that Oakland just gave up. Oakland, rethink your priorities.
Next mayor's job: Restoring sanity
What the heck is wrong with Oakland?
We are a relatively small city blessed to have three professional sports franchises, a large seaport, a sophisticated transportation system, an international airport and, arguably, the best weather in the world. Yet despite all of these incredible assets that on balance would make us the envy of the world, our city is a crime-infested repository of every sort of deviance imaginable that the overwhelming majority of Americans consider to be off-limits unless absolutely necessary.
The provincial, perpetually effusive, Pollyannaish local-yokel crowd running this place cannot provide us with an adequate police force, compels us to navigate roads that are the equivalent of those found in a Third World nation and countenances unimaginable carnage, filth and mayhem year after year after year.
Generations of fools incapable of the most rudimentary of tasks have established themselves as the de facto representative citizenry in town and as such wholesale ineptitude predominates with all the attendant fiscal shenanigans that have long ago relegated the town to abject penury.
I would ask our candidates for mayor to in detail explain how we can once again establish a semblance of civilization in Oakland. More police? Absolutely. How to pay for it or more specifically why is it that the town has been so amazingly mismanaged that maintaining a first-class police force is so challenging? Maybe the fools running the town have some explaining to do? You think?
Jonathan C. Breault
Our 'field of dreams' mustn't be replaced
At a time when Oakland is in need of public participation and private investment to benefit youth, the Oakland Unified School District is considering ripping out a project that epitomizes big dreams, hard work and partnership.
The corner of 45th and Telegraph was a vacant schoolyard in disrepair in 2007 when the district gave permission to build Oakland Tech's baseball field, aka "Rickey Henderson Field." Tech parents, students, local businesses, foundations, the school district and the Oakland A's grounds crew rolled up their sleeves to build and maintain the best baseball field in the East Bay.
Seven years later, the school board is considering ripping up this field of dreams to build Temescal Educational Park. This field represents more than baseball. Warren Wilson gave the largest contribution in honor of his brother, Lionel Wilson, who was not able to play our national pastime professionally because of racism. This is not the location for an educational park if it means ripping up Rickey Henderson Field and all that it inspires.