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Leave the fireworks shows to professionalsWhy do they still let Dublin and other Bay Area cities sell fireworks?We all know California is in one of the worst droughts in history and the fire season is in full swing.  
Spraying poison is not a solutionUnder a plan promoted by Oakland Councilman Dan Kalb and Mayor Libby Schaaf, the city of Oakland and its partners will spread and spray what is a conservatively estimated to be 7,000 gallons of cancer-causing herbicides after deforesting 2,059 acres of public land.  
Exploiting wildlife and the wild landsThe June 20 article "Pushed to extinction" discusses the global issue of the human-caused mass extinction now occurring, and illustrates why citizens become so upset at the prospect of losing thriving local wildlife habitat to development.  
Not the high-speed rail plan that we voted forNo. Cap and trade money motorists pay on motor fuel should go for highway maintenance and improvements, not for the politicians' ill-planned and roundabout high speed rail.  
Need editorial on Medi-Cal systemA recent article reported on the new state budget, which will expand Medi-Cal benefits to illegal immigrant children. Later, in the same issue, there is an article on a recent state audit that severely criticizes the Medi-Cal system for having insufficient doctors  
No-brainer, city must keep WarriorsI am not a basketball fan, and even I can tell that basketball is Oakland's sport. Did you see the Warriors celebration in Oakland in front of Lake Merritt, with the mass of people and beautiful views of the city?  
Earned Income Tax Credit helps familiesAs Oakland's largest volunteer income tax assistance program, our volunteers work each tax season to provide free tax preparation and ensure East Bay working families are claiming the tax credits and refunds they are eligible for, such as the federal Earned  
Local farmers would be hurt by fast trackCalifornia youths are working hard to build a healthier, greener and fairer food economy. From fighting to save the Gill Tract Farm in Berkeley, to establishing sustainable food purchasing policies in the UC and CSU systems, students are advancing solutions  
S.F. Boy Scouts' ban on gay adults must goBoy Scouts of America President Robert Gates has called on the Boy Scouts to end the ban on gay adults. The San Francisco Bay Area Council should follow Gates' directive both for the future of the organization, and also for the future of the young men and  
A bill needs to be passed to fix thisPass a bill. The state needs to stop hiding behind the "let's keep them like zombies when in the foster care system," when the system has to watch them.  
Must figure ways to better protect birdsThis is regarding the June 6 article "Up in the air," and solutions to Altamont Pass bird strikes.I've been thinking about how to reduce the mortality rate of raptors for some time now.  
Curry an exceptional role model for kidsEven if Mount Eden High School teacher Matt Amaral has a point about the downside of sports stars being role models (that few students could succeed as athletes), Steph Curry is the wrong one to use.  
Vindicating county's policy about drugsCongratulations to Supervisor Nate Miley and the residents of Alameda County. Despite a well-funded legal attack by Big Pharma to shut down the county's ordinance requiring drug companies to pay for disposal of household medications, the U.  
Is it the right direction or future disaster?It makes little difference if the California economy grows at an exponential rate, the fiscal status of our state will not improve as long as reckless and irresponsible Democrats continue to be in control.  
Global warming puts stress on our treesI've been researching on how climate change is affecting the tree population for a couple of months as part of a project, and I was pleased with Steve Scauzillo's article "California redwood trees stressed to breaking point by drought, dying in Southern  
Effective methods to support at-risk kidsExperience Corps Bay Area is a research-driven, award-winning youth literacy program of Aspiranet, serving thousands of students in K-3 in 22 low-income schools across the Bay Area.  
State should recognize rights of waterways The recent front-page article on water rights covered the growing demand for even "senior" water rights holders to help solve the ongoing drought.  
Schaaf's response to chaos is correctFinally we have a mayor in Oakland who is attempting to bring order out of chaos regarding violent protestors rampaging our city streets and causing damage to innocent businesses.  
Cannot afford more Clinton leadershipA recent letter writer expressed the opinion that Hillary would make a fine president. Where is the evidence for that assertion?  
Cannot trust Shell to drill in the ArcticDrilling in America's Arctic Ocean is full of risk. And the biggest risk of all is trusting Shell in our ocean.  
Concerns really get heard in HaywardThe main street in our neighborhood became a hazard as cars would speed up to 50 mph in a 25 mph zone. Thus, we realized it was time to ask the city of Hayward for a solution to the speeding, and we filed a petition for speeds humps.  
Charity really should begin here at homeI agree with the author of the May 12 letter, "First, must take care of America's citizens." I, too, feel the U.  
Grow crops that are right for our climateThe state should not continue to waste our tax dollars on planning the terribly costly, environmentally damaging and disruptive huge twin tunnels to funnel water from the Sacramento River directly to Valley agribusiness and Southern California.  
Help youth and get some website help An online presence has become critically important for businesses and nonprofits, including Donate Oakland. With a limited budget, we were initially forced to settle for a rudimentary website built in-house.  
Must be careful, get tested for hepititus I had hepatitis C and now I'm cured. Yes, cured, and that never would have happened if I didn't get the test.  
Should drop rodeo cow-milking eventI wish to voice my opposition to the continuing inclusion of the misnamed "Wild Cow Milking Event" in the Rowell Ranch Rodeo.  
Minimum wage hike bad for businessIn the article, "Emeryville approves minimum wage hike," on raising the minimum wage, Councilwoman Dianne Martinez is confident businesses could handle the increase.  
Event a celebration of Hayward heroesOn May 7, Hayward's Golden Peacock Banquet Hall was packed with more than 400 supporters of 37 unsung heroes chosen from 37 Hayward schools, both public and private.  
People should rise against uncivil actsOnce again, a small, misguided group shut down the Oakland City Council meeting. Most Oaklanders are appalled by this.  
Baltimore appears to have learned littleIf we simply consider that homicide is defined in Webster's New World Dictionary as "any killing of one human being by another," then, yes, the Baltimore authorities are correct in calling the death of Freddie Gray a homicide.  
(Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)
Five delicious noshes for that picnic basket

Ready to dine al fresco? Picnic cocktails, addictive fried chicken and tasty salads add up to a quintet of delicious treats for your outdoor feast. 
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Did Tiger Woods cheat with Amanda Dufner?

Lindsey Vonn reportedly caught golfer with his competitor’s ex-wife, which is likely why they aren’t dating anymore.