Another pet owner who doesn't get it

This is regarding the Aug. 21 letter about inconsiderate pet owners: The backyard of my house is along the undeveloped greenway. There are mostly weeds and dirt out there, any number of small animals and a few random trees.

A few enterprising folks have even fenced off some of this area for their gardens. A few even have been known to discard grass trimmings in this area.

The other day, a staggering stench floated across my fence and hit me square in the face. I thought it was from a dead animal. I had my son take a look.

He tells me that my next door neighbor, who owns two large dogs, has been routinely pitching the dog feces over his fence -- and there is a rather large pile of it right outside my back gate. Talk about inconsiderate, not to mention a health hazard.

My dilemma: How to get him to stop what he is doing and whom do I tell about this situation? I'm not going to confront him.

Jane Church

Hayward

Writer's criticism of Israel is unfair

This is in regard to the recent letter on Israel and apartheid.

The International Criminal Court defines apartheid as "inhumane acts of discrimination, oppression and domination."


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Saudi Arabia does not allow a single church in the kingdom. That's apartheid.

Egypt's Muslim fundamentalists are slaughtering Egypt's Christians. That's apartheid.

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader in the West Bank, says there won't be a single Jew in Palestine. That's apartheid.

The Syrian Shiite Muslims are hunting and killing the Syrian Sunni Muslims. That's apartheid.

The Sudanese Arabs are killing the non-Arab Sudanese. That's apartheid.

Israel, an apartheid country?

Israel remains the only country in the Middle East where a Palestinian can be openly critical of the government one day and remain free the next day.

David Mullens

Palo Alto

One bad building down, one to go

The building demolition at Cal State East Bay makes one tall, ugly building down and one to go -- and Hayward residents all know which one I'm talking about.

By the way, Hayward, is that puffy little cloud that lingers above the power plant, toxic by any chance? Would you be honest and tell us if it was?

Just askin'.

Celeste Hales

Hayward

Court's decision makes sense

I applaud the Aug. 14 Times editorial supporting the California Supreme Court's recent ruling allowing trained school personnel to administer insulin to students with diabetes.

This common-sense solution, for the thousands of children who rely on adult help in administering their insulin at school, is an essential step to keeping all children safe at school.

Nurses are good people and they provide valuable services to our schools and our society. Unfortunately, only 5 percent of California schools have a full-time nurse on staff, and even a full-time nurse won't be there all the time.

This ruling will provide the overwhelming majority of the children who need insulin with better access to care than before the ruling.

As a next step, the nursing organizations that brought this lawsuit should focus their efforts on training and supporting the compassionate school personnel who volunteer to help these children with the burdens of diabetes.

Martha Clark

Lafayette Clark is a board member, San Francisco region, American Diabetes Association