Must enforce our immigration laws

The Feb. 23 article, "Activists say deportation must stop," can't be serious.

Do they realize the strain these illegal immigrants are putting on our country?

We need to make it harder for them to come here. Most countries would not let me in without some kind of proof.

If these activists want to help, let them go to these other countries and teach these people to help themselves. Do not put the burden on us.

We have enough trouble taking care of our own citizens. I wouldn't think of going to another country without knowing some of their language and rules.

We are being taken advantage of and if we allow these activists to have their way, it will only get worse. I couldn't go to another country without some kind of papers -- they would throw me out.

We need to enforce our laws and not ignore them.

Dorothy Allen

San Leandro

Special program on status of women

The League of Women Voters of Oakland, continuing its tradition of education, is presenting a special program March 13, "The Status of Women in the World: A Personal View."

American Muslim women will discuss the challenges of living in a democratic society. This presentation will be followed by a firsthand report on the latest session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

This program is open to the community and starts at 6 p.m. at Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Hearing Room 2. The public is invited. For more information, visit www.lwvoakland.org or call 510-834-7640.

Kathleen Russell

League of Women Voters of Oakland Oakland

Artists in the Bay Area deserve more spotlight

The Bay Area has an extremely diverse artistic community. Yet, there is little spotlight shone on local artists.

One in particular, Zerofriends. Occasionally, I'll receive a link from a social networking site, detailing an upcoming event. I rarely, if ever, see anything in the newspaper regarding local artists aside from the local wine and art festival.

Zerofriends -- www.zerofriends.com -- is the name of an artist collective that's located in Oakland and specializing in obscure, comic and horror movies from the '80s. The gallery showcases a different artist every month. It has been in Oakland for quite some time and it is odd to me that I've never read about this place.

Alex Pardee, one of the founding artists of Zerofriends, helped put together last year's Halloween edition for Juxtapoz magazine. This edition quickly sold out. While the company has a following, I'm interested about more local artists that have managed to sneak under the radar.

There's plenty of galleries in the East Bay. I wish I could see more in the paper.

Ben Holtz

Pittsburg

Editorial on Oakland teams missed mark

The editorial, "Must get serious if sports teams are to remain in Oakland," misses the mark and paints a doom and gloom portrait of the long-term viability of professional sports in Oakland.

Not only do the Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors have a rich history in Oakland and the broader East Bay, they have been financially successful here as well.

The editorial adopts the standard "Oakland can't get its act together" mentality propagated by the cross-bay media, but completely neglects the obvious point that Oakland and, consequently, the broader East Bay, is the optimal location for these teams.

Oakland is at the center of the Bay Area not only in terms of geography but population. The Coliseum site, heralded by Mayor Jean Quan and Alameda County supervisors as a prime location for new stadiums, will not only provide the franchises with first-rate facilities in which to play, but will be an economic vehicle for increased job growth and economic development.

The Coliseum site is a major transportation hub with easy ingress and egress off the freeway, BART, Amtrak and airport access all conveniently situated. Quan has been pushing for creative solutions to fund this entire project.

The present governments in Oakland and Alameda County and the Coliseum Joint-Powers Authority are unified in securing the long-term sustainability of all three sports franchises and, contrary to the editorial, are not "clueless" in helping these teams to remain. Willing partnerships with ownership would go a long way to their success.

Chris Dobbins

President, co-founder Save Oakland Sports Oakland

Cartoonist is not bully; he is just lazy

An earlier letter said that Bruce Tinsley, the creator of the comic strip "Mallard Filmore," was a bully. I disagree. I think he is just lazy.

Rather than providing insight and persuasion for conservative views through humor, satire, storytelling, introspection, self-deprecation and wit, he more often than not simply recycles the faux rage bouncing around the conservative echo chamber.

What we get is Fox "news" and talk radio in comic strip form. And, like these other forms of conservative discourse, where a single mention of a point might suffice, Tinsley stretches the matter out for way too long, as if repetition somehow makes its better (it certainly makes writing the strip easier).

Conservative letter writers often cite the strip as offering an alternative, conservative view. I will grant that it is alternative, but I would expect a better showing for conservative views. I suggest that conservative readers demand better.

Jon Barrilleaux

Oakland