Berkeley warm pool provides exercise
I am a retired woman from Richmond in my late 60s. About five years ago, when I was about to retire, I discovered the Berkeley warm pool.
As a very overweight person, this pool provided me with the exercise I needed in a positive environment. I also brought two of my friends to this pool.
There is no other facility like the warm pool for the likes of me. It gives me a comfortable place to swim. I love swimming and it is a great exercise for someone with weight issues.
I beg the city of Berkeley and the school district to reconsider their decision to destroy this pool. It already exists; it functions. To build anything like it will cost more than is possible these days of cutbacks.
Please consider the requests of our small group of disabled, overweight and needy people and keep the warm pool operating. A charge or fee could be possible for those who can pay ... anything to keep our pool.
Thank you for hearing our pleas.
Our politicians are wrecking the country
Our politicians are killing us. For example, locally in Stockton, it approved pensions, health care benefits and public facilities and downtown improvements that have bankrupted the city. Nationally, President Barack Obama has sold a health care bill that will harm business
The ultra rich Nancy Pelosi marches in indignation if anyone disagrees with her self-righteous views. Charges of racism are shouted when that has nothing to do with varying opinions.
Problems should be solved with thoughtful solutions that are carefully written and evaluated. Bills should be read and thoroughly understood before voting, unlike Obamacare.
Every person's vote counts. A small number of elected politicians are ruining the lives of many to solicit votes of those who are ill-informed and wanting a bigger and bigger handout.
Buyer beware. Study the issues, understand long term implications, work hard and become self-reliant and pray that those who think they know better don't destroy our country.
Lawmakers should vote yes on polystyrene ban
Next month the state Assembly will be voting on Senate Bill 568. If passed, SB568 would phase out the use of polystyrene foam food containers in all restaurants throughout California, by Jan. 1, 2016.
Any person who would commit themselves to a bit of research on polystyrene foam would come to the same conclusion I and many others have arrived at -- this material has no place in our environment.
Polystyrene is highly toxic and one of its two main components, styrene, has been found in breast milk and human fat tissue.
When polystyrene doesn't make it to the landfill it ends up in our oceans and fish can mistake the tiny white balls for food. When you order takeout and your piping hot food is placed inside a foam container the heat of your food can breech the surface material allowing styrene to leech into your food. This is how styrene enters our bodies and perhaps why the Breast Cancer Fund is in support.
Urge your Assembly member to vote Aye!
Rudolph David Silva
Concord Member, Clean Water Action
People must rise up and stop ID injustice
America, speak up! I am infuriated by Republicans trying to suppress the minority election vote in our country. Even before reading Leonard Pitts' column (July 16), I have been extremely angry by this terrible injustice for political reasons.
How can we be "silent" when the rights of minorities are being threatened again in this devious way of forcing voting ID laws? What has happened to American justice and values of fairness?
Must pass laws that protect kids
Will someone please explain why 8-year-old boys were showering in the Penn State University football team locker room in the first place? Since we cannot trust monsters such as Jerry Sandusky and cowardly officials like Joe Paterno and the administration, couldn't we at least restrict university locker and shower rooms to use only by the older university-age football players and coaches?
Considering the recent waves of pedophilia surfacing in institutions across the country, measures must be taken to protect children.