The death penalty is justice, not revenge

Yes, Byron Williams, unfortunately, the times are changing for California's death penalty (Other Views, "The times are changing for California's death penalty," July 20).

Too sad, too bad. Where does that leave us, the families of murder victims? I am sick and tired of hearing of all the sympathy and platitudes expressed for those who commit murders -- and that goes for Williams' column and his views, as well.

Capital punishment as revenge? I think not. Justice for our loved ones? Yes.

Gloria Bucol Gates

Fremont

Name change of CSU is not a dead issue

Nine years after the name change, I'll bet the Hayward mayor, City Council members and CSU East Bay administration think that the controversy over the theft of Hayward's university's name is a dead issue.

This couldn't be farther from the truth: 98 percent of Hayward adults (in a random poll of 500 I've conducted) would like the proud name CSU Hayward reinstated. This issue is only dead if the will of the people does not matter.

Nine years ago, CSU Hayward's then-president spearheaded the deletion of Hayward, the name and place of the campus for 43 years, and replaced it with East Bay, which sounds like the name of a water processing or sanitation district.


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This unprecedented recommendation reversed the direction of all previous CSU campus name changes.

Since the name change of the first CSU, California State Normal School (San Jose) in the 1800s, a broader, regional name has been changed to a narrower, local name: CSU Chico began as Northern Branch State Normal School of California; CSU Fullerton began as Orange County State College.

How many potential students and their parents must ask, "Why does a CSU in Hayward, a city of 150,000, more populous than many other CSU host communities, not bear its city's name? Is it ashamed of Hayward?"

Jeff Syrop

Hayward

Won't any officials stand up to Israel?

I am disgusted, but not surprised, that not one member of the U.S. Senate had the strength or decency to vote against the resolution supporting Israel's attack on Gaza. It requires enormous courage and integrity to stand up to the Israel lobby.

The Israeli military is targeting hospitals and ambulances in Gaza. Look at the photos of the demolished buildings in Shajiya, of the Palestinian boys playing soccer on the beach who were killed by the IDF.

Israel is targeting civilians. It is engaging in collective punishment. This is a war crime.

Israel is able to commit these and many other atrocities because of the unconditional, financial support of the United States.

People are standing up. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world, including in the United States, have taken to the streets to protest Israel's siege of Gaza and the U.S. complicity in this crime.

Is there not one elected official with the courage and compassion to demand an end to the massacre in Gaza?

Melinda Stahr

Oakland

Must make changes in our landscaping

Xeriscape is short for desert landscape. I am surprised not to see or hear this mentioned in any of the discourse concerning our ongoing water shortage.

I recently moved here from Tucson, Ariz., which is no more a desert than most of California, yet its residents don't plant grass in their front yards and only a few patches of green in the back for kids and pets.

Instead, you will find a variety of rock and desert plants; together they present a pleasing look and, best of all, require little or no water.

Converting to xeriscape will, of course, be a big expense initially; however, with the current trend in rainfall, it is going to be a necessary alternative for homes and other property, public and private.

Sooner would be better than later.

William Kleck

Brentwood