Project truly helps homeless in area

Thanks to the paper for highlighting the Project Homeless Connect event in Contra Costa. I had the incredible opportunity to volunteer at a Project Homeless Connect event in San Francisco a few months ago.

Living in the Bay Area, I witness homelessness almost everyday. And to echo Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover of Pittsburg, I think it's important to remind ourselves that the homeless are not strangers in our community and they have incredible stories to share and lives to impact.

I urge every Bay Area resident, whether native-born or recent transplant, to volunteer with Project Homeless Connect. Maybe you will be surprised at how much you can learn not only about your community, but also about yourself.

Lauren Villa

Berkeley

Must allow evolving of a beautiful place

Regarding the recent article about people living at the Albany Bulb: I am very disturbed to read that there are efforts to evict them.

I find the Bulb a unique and fascinating place, where the detritus of our urban environment -- ugly, grotesque stuff such as concrete, rebar, etc. -- has been transformed by artists into wonderful and inspiring art. Some of the artists are the people who live there.

And, of course, trees, bushes and grasses have been growing over the years. It is an ugly place becoming a beautiful place.


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I live in a nice home in a nice neighborhood, but I realize that not everyone in this world is like me. Some people don't fit in to our world. Some people can't get jobs and can't afford an apartment. What kind of society are we that we would force them out of the homes they have created?

I fervently wish the powers-that-be will allow this beautiful place to remain and to evolve.

Kathleen Whitney

Oakland

Administration is running amok

We, as a country, are drowning in debt. Let's put this in a more personal vein.

Would any one of us keep adding to an unsustainable credit card debt for ourselves? Of course not, that is only common sense and being responsible.

We would do what this administration will never do, and that is: cut our spending, take austere measures, and live within our means.

But, as usual, the present administration is running amok with our taxpayer dollars while careening down a road where a washed out bridge is waiting.

Connie Clark Benson

Hayward

Billionaires should fund fire planes

This is regarding the recent article on Forbes' richest Americans.

How presumptuous of me to suggest here how billionaires should spend on charity, but:

C'mon, Larry Ellison and Mark Zuckerberg, and all you "lesser" mega-rich Californians, has it never occurred to you to fund planes to put out California forest fires? Obviously our state won't. High-speed rail takes precedence.

Just think: A way to benefit every person, every animal, and lots of trees in California -- plus the gratification of seeing planes overhead christened the "Larry" or the "Mark."

If you California billionaires won't fund replacements for our woefully inadequate fleet, maybe we could try begging Bill Gates, our neighbor to the north.

Sharon Brown

Fremont

Shutdown forces vote for anyone else

I'd like to thank my legislator for the recent robo-email informing me that as a result of the government shutdown, he was unable to respond to me as his constituent.

Alas, as a result of said government shutdown, I find I am unable to consider voting for him when he next runs for re-election.

Not his fault? No? How is it that a group of freshmen legislators still wet behind the ears, not to mention in their brains, were able to wrest control from veteran legislators like him?

It's the money, isn't it? Damn us voters, us taxpayers. Those of us who earn less than their $172, 000 a year (not to mention the million-dollar plus investments of one kind or another) will just have to get used to putting up and shutting up.

Let's see, let me look up the word "kakistocracy." Oh, yes, here it is: Government by the least able or worst."

Oh, those Greeks, they had nothing on us.

Taylor Teegarden

Alameda