State shouldn't license illegal immigrants
This is regarding the June 27 front-page article on driver's licenses for illegal immigrants.
How many more ways can Gov. Jerry Brown give up our rights to citizenship? How many more causes can he invent to spend our tax dollars?
How long will it take to train 1,000 more DMV workers? Will those DMV workers have to be bilingual since the reporter did not specify how many of the 1.4 million immigrant applicants are legal residents or English-speaking? How long would it take to give them driving tests on the road and on paper in their language?
Even if those 1.4 million applicants were charged $50 each, it might generate $70 million for the DMV to offset a hiring and training cost of $50 million for the first year.
If the current influx of children at our border is a problem, just wait until the word goes out that California is issuing driver's licenses to illegal residents.
Not having a license is the best way to encourage illegals to self-deport to their home country.
It's time for the A's to get a new ballpark
I used to think the A's ballpark was quaint and old-fashioned. Then I fractured my fibula climbing up the concrete steps from my field box seat. Without rails down the center, the stadium is unsafe and does not meet ADA standards. We need a new, state-of-the-art stadium.
Who comes up with these crazy ideas?
Isn't it just great that illegal immigrants get driver's licenses? This means we will have more non-English-speaking people going up the down, over the under, in the out, and who-knows-where on our roads and freeways. Better get ready for some excitement and more hospital visits. Welcome to Dizzyland.
It may give them more confidence and peace of mind, but it sure doesn't give me any.
Life is getting hard enough for American citizens, so please don't make it any worse. Reading the news lately often makes me wonder where they come up with these crazy ideas. I give up. I guess I'm just too old for this.
Some among us are bent on destruction
A recent guest commentary addressed litter in Bay waterways. I wish the author had praised the wonderful volunteers who fight bad behavior by continually clearing litter from Lake Merritt, a place to be treasured and respected, not polluted.
But anyone hoping to avoid terminal despair must recognize that there are two tribes of humans: the creator/protectors and the destroyers who, from ignorance or hostility, will never hear rational pleas. For them, a clean place of beauty excites their desire to dirty and destroy.
A mass psychological conversion to persuade the destroyers to think of their environment as their home is beyond our hopes, but shaming them might help. If cameras were stationed around the lake so that images of the polluters could be shown on television, some progress might be made.
But we must give up on thinking that rational thought will have any effect on those whose joy is in destruction.
Bill threatens choice in buying energy
On June 3, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors took the first step to create a community choice aggregation energy program (CCA). The county, and those cities that join, would deliver power chosen by the community at competitive rates.
It would create local jobs by providing energy-efficiency upgrades and installing local renewable energy. CCA proposals are springing up across California, spurred by our need for competitive choice and its benefits. The power would be cleaner than PG&E's.
However, AB2145, if approved by the state Legislature, would require people to sign up one by one. Too few people would take the trouble. No new CCA would have the critical mass to start.
AB2145 is an attempt to eliminate your choice and entrench PG&E's monopoly. Please urge your state senator to vote no on AB2145.