Need tougher rules on dogs in groceries

Although I have had differences with Gov. Jerry Brown with his recently signing AB2310, which reversed a previous year's decision to require food handlers to wear gloves, I agree, though, with the signing of AB1965, which allows individuals to have legal pets (usually canines) to accompany their owners at outdoor cafes and restaurants with limitations (i.e., pet cannot be sitting in a chair, must be on a leash, cannot enter a food establishment proper).

I would add, though, that owners should be required to clean up after their pets. There are food borne illnesses such as parasitic roundworm and leptospirosis that dogs can transmit to humans.

What concerns me more is that there are not hard-and-fast state laws about animals entering grocery stores. Although the Food and Drug Administration has guidelines that discourage this with some exceptions (e.g., service animals, law enforcement), I see people on a daily or weekly basis who casually take their pooch into a grocery store. If individuals cannot take them into a restaurant, then why a grocery store? Food is often prepared in grocery stores.

Regardless, in any establishment where food is prepared, everyone involved needs to exercise proper hygiene to prevent the spread of disease.

Kurt Kleier

San Francisco

Report why Israel is on the defense


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Recently, the Israel Defense Forces successfully killed three militant commanders of Hamas and two from Islamic Jihad who are responsible for shooting rockets into Israel.

In response, terrorist Hamas leaders brutally murdered dozens of residents whom they accused of spying and informing the IDF of the locations of those commanders. But what did I see in this newspaper? A short article about the deaths of the five commanders and two very large photos: one of building rubble with grim-looking people standing among the wreckage and another of a grieving Palestinian man.

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, why is the Bay Area News Group focusing on the Palestinian troubles from IDF instead of the terror they experience at the hands of their own leaders who demand their obedience and fear? Presenting those photos of sad, terrorized people of Gaza hides a significant source of their pain. They don't dare question Hamas or Islamic Jihad openly because their loved ones become targets of vengeance. That's why Gazans stay in homes and shelters even when warned to leave by the IDF. They denounce Israel. They lie about whatever Hamas tells them to lie about.

The paper must not just publish shocking photos that inflame hatred against Israel and the Jews, and must report deeper truths that explain why Israel -- a country the size of postage stamp -- feels it must respond with devastating military power against a despairing people.

Barbara Kluger

Oakland

Focusing on method won't prevent suicides

Robin Williams' suicide was a tragedy, no one argues that. Deep depression and mental illness take a huge toll that affect us all -- even if only indirectly. Suicide by any means can be addressed and even prevented, but not if we focus on the method instead of the cause.

I recommend we stop the $76 million fiasco of the Golden Gate Bridge net. It wouldn't have saved Williams. Fifty-five percent of suicides are by firearms. So should we go after that method first?

Anyone who jumps into the net can just climb out of it and jump from there. What's the point?

I can't help but feel we should follow the money on this net.

Jim Cauble

Hayward

Stop ban of plastic bags

There they go again. Another big brother law sponsored by a special interest group to dictate how I conduct my daily activities.

Last I checked, this is still a free country. Please, just let me go to the store to shop and carry my stuff in a bag of my choice.

I prefer the "one use" plastic grocery bags; I need them afterward to line my garbage cans or pick up my dog poop.

Leave me alone.

Cynthia Ruehlig

Antioch