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    Such big decisions should be overseenNo politician should be allowed to make decisions involving the entire nation without oversight.President Barack Obama is not capable of making decisions of this magnitude without the help of his advisers.  
     
    Fixing potholes is a public safety issueOut of serious concern for the safety of the driving public in Oakland, I discussed with a Council District 2 staff member the pothole problems generally and, specifically, the extremely dangerous potholes along the entire 200 block of Wayne Avenue just off  
     
    Cartoon strip should be dumped by paperAfter reading many of Bruce Tinsley's "Mallard Fillmore" cartoons, I don't understand why he is still in this newspaper.  
     
    All students' well-being must be consideredSenate Bill 277, to be voted on in the Education Committee on Wednesday, eliminates the personal belief exemption in waiving immunization requirements for school entry, allowing only medical exemptions.  
     
    Change is essential to prevent raids Here is the bottom line of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's pitch to California businesses urging them to relocate to his state: Were it not for California's high taxes, high prices, massive debt load and unfunded liabilities that are crushing California's economy,  
     
    Use money from PG&E to install needed valvesI do believe the $1.6 billion penalty imposed on PG&E for the San Bruno explosion and fire is fair.  
     
    Not taking adequate care of Lake MerrittWhile comments in the April 1 guest commentary, "Disorderly acts at Lake Merritt will spawn violence," may have come across curmudgeonly to others, a major point is being missed; that the uptick in park use at Lake Merritt is threatening the health of the  
     
    Coverage of Oakland A's should be betterDid the Giants move to Oakland? That's the only possible explanation for the Oakland Tribune and East Bay papers to dedicate half of the content on the front page and another significant chunk of the front page of the sports section to the Giants' home  
     
    We should all put our final wishes in writing The goal of National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16 is to change the culture around aging and dealing with terminal illness.  
     
    Perpetuating myth of police in dangerMankind can live without a police force. We will all perish, if we do not have food. It is tragic when someone loses their life while plying their chosen profession, but this newspaper is not alone in perpetuating the myth that being a policeman is a very  
     
    Wasting water is a tragedyOf course, I do (support Gov. Jerry Brown). We only have so much water in this world. To waste it is a tragedy. I have seen many folks out there wasting it, by watering lawns and allowing this precious (nonrefundable) commodity to run down the street.  
     
    This program should be scrappedIn her April 6 column, "Video brings justice for Berkeley homeless men," Tammerlin Drummond writes, "After all, one of the ambassador's main jobs is to 'discourage problematic street behavior' by asking people with no place to live to move when a business or  
     
    Nothing wrong with Lake MerrittI totally disagree with the curmudgeonly opinions expressed in the "Disorderly acts" guest commentary piece in the April 1 newspaper.  
     
    Paper should stop attacks on policeI am angry and I am wondering how many people agree with me.A March 26 headline read:"Tracy man identified in fatal police shooting.  
     
    Do the math and stop developmentThis is regarding the March 29 article "Housing plan clears hurdle" about Newark's plan to develop 638 acres of land near the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge and create 1,260 housing units.  
     
    War was tragic mistake, and we must leave nowPresident Barack Obama has gone back on his word again. We have been in this war long enough, and it is time to get out of Afghanistan.  
     
    Must stop increases by the water districtThe Alameda County Water District that provides water to residents of Fremont, Newark and Union City is set to increase the fixed bimonthly service charge by 30 percent at the next public board meeting April 14.  
     
    Customer's attitude not worthy of paperThe condescension and let-them-eat-cake attitude that was Marni Jameson's March 29 column, "When the repairman is late," upset me.  
     
    Board raising rates because of excessThe Alameda County Water District is raising rates again. Why do they need more money? To buy more water or cover rising labor costs?  
     
    Must report more on the plight of seniorsLook at every major newspaper and you see strong and clear articles about our affordable housing crisis and how it's getting worse.  
     
    State was right The state was correct by revoking tax-exempt status for Blue Shield. I don't know how well the government investigates organizations for tax-exempt status, but they sure dropped the ball in the case of Blue Shield spending millions for football tickets at the 49ers' Levi's Stadium.  
     
    Urban forests lovely, but also dangerousThe author of the March 20 My Word, "We must save the trees along the East Bay hillsides," complains that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and regional officials plan to clear-cut 100,000 trees in the Oakland and Berkeley hills even though thousands of comments  
     
    We must learn from New York tragedyToday I have learned a lesson from someone's tragedy.Seven very young children died because of a religious tradition.  
     
    Big Soda misleading people on diabetesConsultant Lisa Katic's attempt to minimize the major role sugary drinks play in the nation's Type 2 diabetes and obesity epidemics is taken directly from the beverage industry's playbook.  
     
    Tower provides East Bay delightful lightOn St. Patrick's Day, I was delighted to look out my window and see the blazing green lights of the Tribune Tower.  
     
    Clinton did nothing wrong in email useIn their glee to find a scandal, the GOP and the media have neglected some important facts. The Clinton home had an encrypted secure server installed, which was protected by the secret service 24/7.  
     
    Need politicians to protect resourcesCalifornia water issues are legendary, as noted in recent articles. In one, the Political Policy Institute of California suggests "more sweeping policy changes, such as stricter oversight of groundwater and charging wasteful users higher water rates.  
     
    Sheriff conducting a great betrayalI was city editor at The Daily Review the day Michaela Garecht was kidnapped, kicking and screaming, from a Hayward market.  
     
    Dietitian opposes commentaryAs a dietitian/consulting nutritionist and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, I strongly disagree with the author's message in the March 15 guest commentary, "Beverage warning labels distract from big picture.  
     
    Not first time GOP meddled with IranThis is regarding the March 10 article "GOP undercuts Iran talks." Sen. Tom Cotton would, of course, be too young to remember, but following the 1979 student seizure of the U.  
     
     
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