The hardest workers are paid the least

The people who are working the hardest and the most hours get less pay and fewer benefits. Is this fair? I don't think so. It sounds like we are going back to slave labor.

While employers are lining their pockets and living the good life, the rest of us are going bankrupt. The employers are going to retire in luxury, while the ones doing the work are losing everything.

Do you see the fairness in that? I sure don't.

Dorothy Allen

San Leandro

South Korea must stop brutality against dogs

As long as South Korea continues to brutally skin dogs alive in the dog meat trade, neither Kia nor Hyundai manufacturers deserve any favorable publicity in America.

Until South Korea stops this animal cruelty perpetrated by greedy, uneducated people to fuel evil superstition among men, we need to ban trade with South Korea.

Michael, Amelia and Bonnie Buzzell

Orinda

Can't turn a blind eye to drugs, prostitution

In traffic on International Boulevard at 26th Street, I saw a child prostitute, a very obvious pimp with her. He sent her around the corner. When I turned the corner, I saw this same child engaged in a sex act with man in a doorway, in broad daylight.


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I called the Oakland Police Department. They sent patrolmen. But you know what, Oakland? I know the city wants economic improvement. Flagrant prostitution on International does not encourage people to invest in Oakland.

And children -- obvious children -- as prostitutes, on the street, engaging in sex acts in doorways in daylight, speaks not of the usual "Aw, what can we do about streetwalkers" attitude. No, it speaks of giving up on a whole neighborhood.

There are other blocks where open crack dealing regularly goes on, right out in the open. The police know all about it.

Yes, I know what the prosecution problems are. But simply accepting such things creates a sense that Oakland just gave up. Oakland, rethink your priorities.

John Shirley

Pinole