Apply gun control to the government
Once again we have local lawmakers eager to make names for themselves by being an author or co-author of an anti-gun law. This flies in the face of crime statistics, wherein more guns in the hands of good people causes gun deaths and violence to decline.
Quite a large number of people are killed by the various police departments, but there never seems to be a large call to remove these weapons from police officers, nor is there any call for older, retired former police to give up their guns. There would be a huge howling protest. At that point in their life they are no different from other older Americans.
To make me comfortable with having only nonlethal weapons, large police departments need to remove the very deadly high-power magnum weapons with hollow-point ammunition. That should be the proper first step.
Until then, firearm history and training should be brought back to all high schools. Didn't we as a nation do almost the same thing with teen-pregnancy and sex education many years ago?
Where's the outrage over people cruelty?
It seems that people get very outraged when stories of animal cruelty are reported. I do understand that. Animals should not be abused.
What I don't understand is that the same level of outrage is not expressed about abuse and violence inflicted upon our fellow human beings, including our precious children.
Perhaps a talented psychologist can help me understand why it is easier for so many people to cry out on the injustices of animal cruelty but remain silent on people cruelty.
On A's, city needs to get it together
The City of Oakland has been given every possible opportunity to make it happen with Major League Baseball stalling the city of San Jose. Now San Jose has tried to raise the stakes with the antitrust lawsuit -- however most bets are that it won't succeed.
Oakland already owns suitable land for a stadium. We say we have backing from East Bay corporations; then go and build it on the north lot of the shovel-ready land the city already owns, has planned and EIR'd.
Use eminent domain to relocate those businesses on San Leandro and 66th and develop those lots with the likes of a sports museum/Bay Sports Hall of Fame and casual restaurants that could serve not only folks attending Raiders and A's games, but also travelers coming from and going to the airport.
The Coliseum sits on a BART station and an Amtrak station, next to one major freeway with four access points, a mile-and-a-half from another major freeway, a soon-to-be terminus for an airport tram, a major gateway boulevard (Hegenberger), a half-mile from East 14th (International, if you must) and next to another semi-major street (San Leandro). Most cities would die for that kind of access.
Oakland, if we want to be a major player, then it's time to stop acting like the dysfunctional small backwater town people accuse us of being and act like one of the most exciting cities in America that we want to be. Major and exciting cities simply make it happen.
We have become a nation that is adrift
I am an immigrant, and if someone asked me whether to come to the U.S. or not, I would tell them to go to China or India.
We have become a nation that produces scapegoating, not products or services. We turn against ourselves and divide ourselves, instead of seeing that we are in a terrible worldwide depression, much of which was caused by the depression in the U.S. created during the George W. Bush years.
No one is gathering us together or focusing on the problems and solving them. The Republican Party has become a party of shameless racists, a national disgrace that has produced the mess that we are in, and yet many of the best minds are among the Republicans. Yet, with their present leadership, who can follow them? Look at poor Marco Rubio. Look at the horrible reception the Republicans are giving him.
The Democrats are not much better. President Barack Obama, instead of providing leadership, has become a weak lame-duck president. Everywhere I go, I see the terrible results of a downturned and depressed economy and the total change in people's mindsets.
We used to be a nation of avid doers and problem-solvers, we are now a nation of complainers and dumpers. Let us get together and solve our problems sensibly, compassionately and cheerfully and show ourselves to be the great nation we should be. Let's start, Bay Area.
Kirsten A. Fraser