Editorial on D-Day was appreciated
A note of appreciation for the fine editorial on D-Day. This will always be a special, solemn day for many people.
Floral baskets are a lovely addition
The city of Berkeley is to be commended for the many floral hanging baskets on and around Shattuck Avenue in the downtown area.
I wish to thank whoever is responsible for maintaining these lovely accents, along with the pretty ginkgo trees throughout the city's streets.
Please help find animal abuser
On May 30, a severely abused dog was dumped in the middle of the night by a man at Oakland Animal Services and caught on their security camera.
The dog had been tortured for a long time and had to be put down. Animal Services said it had never seen such an extreme case of animal abuse. There is an $18,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the abuser.
Local news covered the event and reporters plan to do follow-up stories.
If you have any information, please call Oakland Animal Services at 510-535-5602.
Author of opinion piece omitted facts
This is in response to a June 2 My Word from Donald Anthrop.
Doubt, omission and misinformation were the tools and tactics of the tobacco industry and now are being used by the oil industry. Anthrop's recent My Word piece used these same tactics. The sheer level of complexity and very nature of scientific study makes casting "doubt" easy.
There is always more information or the next question to be answered. That doesn't mean we should never take action, particularly when the consequences can quite literally be the end of the human race.
Disinformation and faulty logic were also present in his piece. For example, he expects an increase in carbon emissions over a recent 11-year period to be immediately reflected in the average global temperature change.
Lastly, omission. Anthrop was identified as an environmental studies professor (not a climatologist), but he omitted that he is an "independent oil and energy professional," according to LinkedIn. He has written articles and contributes to oil industry trades as well as the Cato Institute, which is highly funded by big greenhouse gas contributors including Exxon and the Koch brothers.
Washington is incomprehensible
The June 3 article, "Republicans going after Holder," corroborates that Washington's activities are beyond comprehension.
They're now wasting even more time crucifying Eric Holder. The Republicans have spent more than four years pursuing their prime objective to assure President Obama fails completely. And they appear comfortable contributing to America's downfall while ignoring the people's will.
The Democrats are equally liable. I have no faith in either party, but what the Republicans (and a number of Democrats) are failing to do is unconscionable.
This isn't to diminish the seriousness of these recent breaches of trust. It is critical they be addressed. But it doesn't appear to bother these politicians that the country is completely fed up with this endless gridlock, extreme partisanship and steadily worsening conditions.
There are very clear instructions in the Declaration of Independence regarding a government that no longer represents the citizens. Despite Obama's shortcomings, he's proposed worthwhile bills that have been stonewalled or butchered before passing.
Also, the country is vehemently divided on unresolvable social issues, diverting attention from self-inflicted serious problems the country is drowning in.