Our society becoming too overprotective

Recently, a representative of my son's Little League threatened to sanction our team's coaches for allowing our youngsters to take warm-up swings in the on-deck circle (with a parent assisting no less). Apparently, Little League International seriously frowns on warm-up swings.

Do we not realize that when we sue our city or our parks department or our Little League, we are really suing ourselves -- in fact, suing our own children?

The next time you think about suing after an accident, do not telephone the guy on the personal injury billboard, telephone me, a volunteer Little League coach, who wants his son and other youngsters to be able to take a few warm-up swings -- as I did when I played Little League.

For should we continue suing over every little thing that is a regular part of life, soon trees and lakes shall be fenced off, Little Leagues will be shut down for want of insurance, and fear of liability will rule the roost.

Martin Garrison

Oakland

Unwilling to cede our privacy rights

I am sorry that the son of a recent My Word author was murdered, but I don't want to lose my civil rights because of it. ("Surprised by Oakland City Council's change of course on DAC," March 6).


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I would also like to remind the author, and every other proponent of mass surveillance, that millions have died for our freedom, including the right to be free from unreasonable search and the right to privacy (and everything else not specifically mentioned per the Ninth and 10th Amendments).

I personally have relatives who gave their lives for my rights going back to the Revolutionary War (Nathan Hale, on my father's, father's, mother's side) and relatives who moved from West Virginia to Indiana to fight for the Union, who died on hospital barges in the Mississippi River.

I feel a responsibility that their lives, and the millions of others who died for our freedom, were not given in vain.

Let the police do their jobs without invading my privacy.

Work for equal education and to combat poverty, the roots of most our social ills, not to get rid of our privacy rights.

Kelley Snider

Oakland

It's time to phase out nuclear energy

Tuesday marked the third anniversary of the tragic meltdowns at the still-leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

It's time to phase out nuclear weapons and nuclear energy worldwide. They are historical mistakes.

The human species will survive and thrive on planet Earth only with natural energy alternatives, like wind, solar and other renewables. Denmark and Germany have made this choice.

Our fate is in our human hands. Let's be brave and free ourselves from man-made nuclear technologies. We know from experience that nuclear power and bombs kill and maim.

As a teacher, I especially want to see all our children live long and healthy lives.

Stephen Kelly

Oakland

Water a vital part of fracking process

Californians are unaware that fracking of Central Valley or offshore shale beds has something to do with fresh water and droughts.

Companies don't frack with seawater; it must be fresh water.

Fine sand and "proprietary" chemicals (contaminants) are added to water pumped down deep shafts to force the oil or gas out. Only 20 percent of each gallon of fresh water used to frack can be reused. The wasteful process has been around for more than 40 years. Now Sacramento is encouraging fracking without telling Californians the real downside of the process.

Contaminated frack water sits in surface ponds which can leak if not owner-maintained or monitored by regulators. The dirty water's pumped back down below the fresh water table to be stored forever because we don't know how to clean it up yet. What about earthquakes cracking the sides of this storage?

The drought is of indeterminate length. Real future water plans must provide clearer pictures of how fresh water gets used.

Should we tunnel south of the overcommitted Delta water if it's sold to frack instead of grow food?

Jan Howe

San Ramon