Moving the services inside makes sense

This is regarding Rebecca Parr's article, "Center for homeless urged," Oct. 3.

I agree with the opinions represented by the citizens who think that permits will not solve the problems of behavior and litter.

In the article, it is stated said residents claimed that having permits to distribute food in city parks won't help the problem, but moving the services indoors will. That makes perfect sense, since the issues seem to be litter, illegal behavior and nuisances to neighbors. Almost all of the problems resulting from these good deeds would be virtually eliminated, if the food distribution was moved into a soup kitchen-like facility.

In addition, this is a good deed and, therefore, I do not think the people operating these kitchens should have to provide proof of insurance. Say, for instance, that someone who didn't have insurance wanted to help his or her community. Should we really be making those good Samaritans pay for trying to do well by the homeless? I think not.

Doug Richman

East Bay Arts High School student San Lorenzo

Vote out those who close government

In shutting down our government, House Republicans are taking legislative brinkmanship to dangerous levels and threatening the health of American democracy itself.

The Affordable Care Act, a Republican-style marketplace program, became law pursuant to Constitutional protocols: Approval in all three branches of our government.

Further undermining the health of our democracy, mainstream media outlets all too often allow tea-party Republicans to evade answering important questions, allowing them, instead, to hijack so-called news shows for their political gain.

Don't furlough federal workers and shut down necessary governmental services (weather, space, earth sciences, health research and so much more). Give these tea party Republican terrorists the boot they deserve. Vote them out of office.

Karen Joffe

Piedmont

Country heading steadily down hill

I'm in my 80s, and have seen my country slowly going downhill.

When growing up, people were helpful and friendly. We weren't overpopulated like it is now.

We had no credit cards, no iPods or cellphones, and talked to each other in person or via the telephone.

Most families had one car and were trying to buy their own house.

Now, the houses around me are crammed with many people splitting the rent. Cars are parked everywhere, which makes it difficult to drive up and down our streets.

California has been turned into a haven for illegal immigrants. They should be sent back and come back the legal way. Learning to speak English should be their first priority.

The big shots in Washington are telling us we are going broke. Is it any wonder the way they spend it?

We give lots of money to countries that don't even like us. Let's stop this nonsense and take care of the many suffering here in our own country.

Dorothy Allen

San Leandro

Insulin should only be given by an RN

I write in response to the law passed allowing trained individuals to give medications to diabetic students.

A recent letter writer said what a great thing it was to have trained personnel able to treat students with diabetes. I disagree with this law completely.

When you are in the hospital and need insulin, it is given by a registered nurse. It is the only drug that nurses give that needs a second approval from another nurse before giving it to a patient.

Once small math error could mean death to a student. I would never allow anyone other than an RN to ever administer a drug to my child, especially insulin.

Think about the difference between a "trained person" vs. a registered nurse. Isn't your child's life more important than trying to save a few bucks?

Lois Thompson

Castro Valley

Suicides are part of human condition

More than 30,000 Americans commit suicide every year. More police officers commit suicide than are killed in the line of duty, more than 300 each year. Military suicides are also at a very high number.

Each year in the Bay Area, people commit suicide on all of our transit systems; BART, Caltrain and Amtrak. Building a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge will not stop suicides.

Humans have always committed suicides, and always will. Suicide is part of the human condition.

Welton Rollerson

Union City