Our 'field of dreams' must not be replaced

At a time when Oakland is in need of public participation and private investment to benefit youth, the Oakland Unified School District is considering ripping out a project that epitomizes big dreams, hard work and partnership.

The corner of 45th and Telegraph was a vacant schoolyard in disrepair in 2007 when the district gave permission to build Oakland Tech's baseball field, aka "Rickey Henderson Field." Tech parents, students, local businesses, foundations, the school district and the Oakland A's grounds crew rolled up their sleeves to build and maintain the best baseball field in the East Bay.

Seven years later, the school board is considering ripping up this field of dreams to build Temescal Educational Park.

This field represents more than baseball. Warren Wilson gave the largest contribution in honor of his brother, Lionel Wilson, who was not able to play our national pastime professionally because of racism.

This is not the location for an educational park, if it means ripping up Rickey Henderson Field and all that it inspires.

Katrina Brekke-Miesner

Oakland

U.S. Constitution is on its deathbed

Four years of Obamacare and it still has not been rendered unconstitutional, even though it places an undue burden on the people. Rob Peter to pay Paul?

The Obama administration, along with some of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices, are sucking the life out of our U.S. Constitution. It's languishing on its deathbed, having been injected with the poison of an asp. It will take a supernatural miracle to breathe new life into its original intent.

Anna Koepke

El Sobrante

Again, Sowell fails to present the facts

A recent Thomas Sowell online column, "GOP factions' infighting hinders conservative cause," is a great example of why there is so much infighting inside his party.

As usual, Sowell's theme was that President Barack Obama has a lawless administration and Obamacare is doing irreparable harm to our nation's future.

Just like his tea party brethren, Sowell failed to give one example of laws the president has broken. If Obamacare is so terrible, we must get rid of it to save our country and we must also discontinue Medicare, Social Security and all other government programs that are currently destroying our country.

There is a simple way for the Republican Party to stop their infighting. They should require each faction to present facts to back up their positions.

Sowell's weekly emotional gobbledygook adds nothing to the national debate on important issues. Surely, this newspaper can find conservative columnists who would include facts to back up their statements.

This column is another example of why Sowell does not do interviews.

Tony Daniels

Antioch

Community must stop PG&E tree-cutting plan

I was stunned and horrified to read Joan Morris' column regarding PG&E's plan to cut down more than 1,000 trees in the Danville/Walnut Creek area.

How is it even possible that any company would have the power to so radically change our environment without our say so?

I am still sickened, when driving along Interstate 680, by the loss of dozens of 100-year-old trees that were cut down on both sides of the freeway in Danville. The trees in our beautiful community are part of the reason we choose to live here and it is alarming to think that something like this could happen without our knowledge.

I read the newspaper every day and yet had no idea PG&E had proposed this plan or that they don't have to have anyone's permission to cut down the trees.

We need to band together as a community and stop this insanity!

Becky J. Wittmer

Danville