Bad message sent to existing businesses

The community advocates at South Hayward Parish are the founders of a new homeless shelter in downtown Hayward. Having done this before, one would think they would know that a city permit was required, especially in light of the fact they have a planning commissioner (now councilmember) as one of their most vocal and strident supporters.

It has now come to light that they have never actually obtained a permit. The city is now requiring that they apply for an administrative-use permit, and all that that entails. In the meantime, they are allowed to continue to operate at this location.

What is frustrating to business owners, especially in the downtown, is that questionable businesses are able to open, and continue to operate, with falsely obtained permits (as with the Internet gambling operations) or no permit at all. The city planning department states that it is complicated, and there is precedent for its failure to enforce. This sends a very bad message to existing and potential business owners.

Julie McKillop

Chef and owner Neumanali Restaurant Hayward

Court got it right in Hobby Lobby case


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Last time I checked, we still have a Constitution of the United States. It guarantees freedom of religion and free speech. The recent letter, "High Court got it wrong with ruling," ignores this fact. There is nothing in our Constitution that guarantees free birth control and free abortion.

Hobby Lobby objected to four out of 20 birth control devices. Those four, morning after pills and/or IUDs, work after conception rather than before conception, which many people feel is a form of abortion. So, Hobby Lobby will still be paying for 16 types of birth control for its employees, which they have been doing for some time.

If its employees do not like this decision, they do have choices. They can buy their own birth control for as little as $10 per month. They can go to Planned Parenthood. They are even free to leave Hobby Lobby and find a job where all 20 types of birth control are covered.

So, this decision does not stop women from getting birth control.

Louise Champion

Alameda

It's simple: Stopping rockets will stop war

The author of the July 23 letter, "Won't any officials stand up to Israel?" wants to end the Gaza war, so she should urge world leaders to demand that Hamas stop firing rockets into Israel from Gaza. That is how Hamas provoked the war, which Israel did not want.

Israel had to defend itself, and reluctantly has the ground war against Hamas. Israel has to destroy the vast network of tunnels, which Hamas built to try to infiltrate into Israel. Hamas hid its rockets in civilian buildings, used its people as human shields, so the blame for the civilian casualties is Hamas.

A historic comparison is the missal bombing of England by the Nazis, and the response was England and the U.S. fought the war until Germany unconditionally surrendered.

Norman G. Licht

San Carlos

Plenty of questions regarding polluters

The state has filed a lawsuit against ADT alarm company for e-waste dumping, throwing old batteries, lead circuit boards and old smoke detectors with mercury in California landfills. Since this company is more than 100 years old and had no procedures in place before the lawsuit, we can only assume they've been dumping for more than 100 years.

The questions are endless: How many birth defects, cancer and other health problems will be caused by this? Who's going to clean up this mess? Who is going to monitor these negligent, incompetent polluters? How many other companies are doing this? Where's the EPA?

If only they could dig this toxic waste up and bury it in their own backyards. Then we would be safe from them.

James Jackovich

Oakland