Alarmed by dominance of foreign investors

The recent surge of real estate properties in our neighborhoods selling to foreign investors for cash and higher than asking prices is alarming. There are 28 percent of these types of sales in one county alone.

Who are these people buying up properties in our neighborhoods? Who are homeowners selling to? Who is going to be your new neighbor?

Will they be terrorists, gang members, drug dealers/manufacturers, undocumented immigrants? Has anyone done a credit/security clearance on them?

All these cash transactions are done in the name of greed. Seems not long ago, greed was the answer to the "liar loans" that were foreclosed on. Will banks, mortgage companies and lenders ever see the error of their ways? Or will our government, in its wisdom, bail them out again?

It is a sad day in America when a family cannot purchase a home because they have been outbid by a foreign investor. The American dream has been sold out.

Roxanne Whalen

Newark

Must reform how we investigate police

I have to laugh every time I hear or read "the incident was investigated by internal affairs and they found no wrongdoing." Really. If a police officer or the police agency is in the wrong, do you really believe internal affairs is going to say so, knowing they will face liability in a lawsuit?

On the other side of the coin, internal affairs can be used to terminate officers the police agency wishes to get rid of. Case in point: Christopher Dorner claimed he was terminated after he broke the "blue line" by reporting that a female officer with whom he was on patrol kicked a suspect. The alleged incident was reportedly investigated by LAPD internal affairs and they found no wrongdoing.

One has to wonder, and the public will never know, whether internal affairs was used to terminate Dorner, thereby settling the score for his breaking the "blue line."

Research has shown that, over time, watchdog agencies become more aligned with those they police rather than protecting the public. The system of police agencies investigating themselves needs to be drastically overhauled.

If the fox guarding the henhouse does not change, police will continue to suffer from a credibility gap and a lack of trust from the public.

Henry Rose

Oakland

Can't risk our health for oil we will export

The tar sands oil spill in a residential neighborhood in Arkansas should be front-page news. It's a perfect example of why the Keystone XL pipeline is a bad idea. Why was the story buried on the inside pages?

Those who support the pipeline because we need oil apparently don't realize that the Keystone oil would be exported, so we'd be putting our health and environment in jeopardy for a commodity we won't even use.

Nancy Patterson

Fremont

Center offered way for more education

Thanks to The Hayward Center (formerly Hayward Adult School), I finally have my GED certificate. I was always nervous about writing, but I got the help I needed at The Hayward Center.

I encourage people to get as much education as they can.

Vigdalia Alvarez

Hayward

Defended family with firearm

In a recent letter, Norma Harrison asked if readers knew of anyone who has protected themselves, or their family, at home with a gun.

I'm 71 years old and I keep a safely stored home-defense firearm. I'm well acquainted with gun safety and marksmanship.

One evening in 2011, an adult prowler or would-be burglar appeared at our rear patio sliding door. My wife immediately called 911. I turned off the interior lights.

Finding the door was locked, he began pounding on the glass. Fearing for our safety if the glass were to shatter, I made my gun ready, approached the door and turned on the rear porch light.

Pointing the gun at his head, I yelled through the glass for him to leave the property immediately. He saw the gun and took off like a rabbit.

The police arrived about five minutes later and apprehended him in a neighbor's front yard. I don't know if he was armed, but he was wearing outer clothing that could have concealed a weapon.

I feel safer protecting my family with a gun than relying on "gun-free zone" signs. Most criminals don't bother to read them.

Doug Jacks

Danville