Montclarion much better read lately

I've heaped loads of criticism -- all of it justified -- on you for what has become of the Oakland Tribune over the last few years. Now I'm happily obliged to offer some praise.

The rebirth of The Montclarion is spectacular. It is well worth reading. The focus on real local news and local letters to the editor has made it a worthy publication of public service. Thanks.

One thing you are doing exceptionally well with the Tribune, as you have in the past, is your reviews and recommendations of the issues and candidates for the election. Whether I agree with each of your conclusions or not, I find the analysis and thought process clearly explained and educational. Thanks again.

David Horn

Oakland

Full agreement with spot-on letter

This is in response to the letter, "Some people just make no sense:" I couldn't agree more with the author, and on every topic described -- bravo.

As a European having lived in the United States for 40 years, I am still trying to figure out the lack of common sense of some people when it comes to voting. How naive can you be? Some people. Go figure.

Christina Schroter

Oakland

Plastic bag law is micromanagement

Our daily life creates a wonderful economic harmony. When we buy our groceries, we get a paper or plastic bag, your choice, to carry it home. When you use up your purchase, all the refuse and wrapping goes back to the same bag to be carried to the big brown garbage container outside for the dump.

On Jan. 1, if you missed it, the county's Reusable Bag Ordinance goes into effect and, if you need a grocery bag, you must buy one for 10 cents, though it was free before. You might carry a reusable bag all the time, but you still need a bag to carry the refuse from the kitchen to the garbage box outside. So you must buy one.

The other alternative is that you don't use a bag and collect everything in a solid container. Then you must wash it in valuable water, which must be cleaned before being drained into the Bay.

What we really needed is more petty dictators telling us what light bulb to buy or how to carry garbage.

Nicholas Balas

Oakland

Donated pumpkins really help a lot

On Oct. 21, 2008, you ran an article featuring me on the front page of The Piedmonter regarding the mini-pumpkins that Village Market provided at the yearly Piedmont Harvest Festival.

I want to thank Freddie and Steve from Village Market for providing these mini pumpkins to our young patients with physical challenges in our community and neighboring communities. The children covet these pumpkins and for some children they wouldn't have one otherwise.

Elaine L Pico, M.D.

Piedmont

Occupy riot not fault of police

The decision to blame the police for problems emanating from the "Occupy Oakland" riot of 2011 is another nail in the proverbial coffin that is Oakland's future. This atrocious, evil, cowardly, moronic action has Jean Quan's fingerprints all over it. It is just plain typical of this odious, horrible mayor to castigate and scapegoat the police when her pathetic, dissembling, incoherent, unintelligible policies turn our town into a playground for anarchists (cowardly, immature brats), thugs, predators, thieves, burglars, homicidal maniacs, pimps and other assorted deviants.

Quan is the oddball coward who, once her "100 Blocks" anti-crime plan was revealed to be a complete figment of her fertile imagination, skipped town pronto, flew off to Rio and let one of her sycophantic underlings explain to the public how this plan was stupid and ill-conceived but that it was "not Jean's fault."

A city that is run by appalling, servile fools who are devoid of scruples, morals or conscience will simply implode under the weight of it's own dysfunction. Quan has planted the seeds of our demise by alienating, criticizing and blaming our police department for her incompetence. This is beyond the pale.

Jonathan C. Breault

Oakland

McGovern's legacy: Nutritional advocacy

On Oct. 21, we lost former U.S. Sen. George McGovern. Although many will recall his disastrous 1972 loss to Richard Nixon and his subsequent leadership in getting us out of Vietnam, his truly lasting legacy will be his war on hunger and malnutrition.

In 1977, following extensive public hearings, McGovern's Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs published dietary goals for the United States, a precursor to today's dietary guidelines. It marked the first time that a U.S. government document recommended reduced meat consumption.

The meat industry forced the committee to destroy all copies of the report and to remove the offending recommendation from a new edition. It then abolished the committee, voted McGovern out of office, and warned government bureaucrats never to challenge meat consumption again. ("Food Politics" by Marion Nestle, 2007).

Yet, after 35 years of additional studies linking meat consumption with elevated risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer and other killer diseases, the MyPlate icon, representing the U.S. Agriculture Department's current dietary guidelines for Americans, recommends vegetables, fruits and grains, but never mentions meat, and shunts dairy off to one side (www.choosemyplate.gov).

And it all started with one brave senator from South Dakota.

Milton Connley

Oakland