Waste Management has had it problems

I live in Oakland and have been a customer of Waste Management for decades.

I live in a court with, maybe, six houses to service. My garbage is picked up regularly, but the green waste is always a problem. Maybe because I'm the only one who regularly recycles green waste, they feel it is not necessary to come by. In the last two months I've had to call them about five times. It is always like pulling teeth without an anesthetic. They waste my time and their own.

In two decades one would think that they could have figured out where I live or where the problem was. People as well as companies get complacent. We all need to go back to a time when it was: Ask not what the people can do for you, but what you can do for the people.

David Gonzales

Oakland

Support of Hamas is stand against peace

The extremists who interfered with operations at the Port of Oakland may have avoided violence at the scene, but they are far from peaceful. Flying the Hamas flag indicates their true motivation. They are supporting a homophobic, misogynistic regime that states in its charter: "Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes."

A regime that openly admits to using civilians as human shields. A regime that threatens the press if they report on what is truly happening, as noted in a strongly worded condemnation by the Foreign Press Association. A regime that used child slaves to dig its network of terror tunnels, killing 160 of them in the process.


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People who truly want peace don't support Hamas, any more than they support its ideological kin, al-Qaida and ISIS.

Michael Harris

Novato

Article on Perry was a partisan hit piece

Page A6 of the Aug. 16 paper has a Democratic Party hit piece masquerading as an AP wire news story; "Texas governor faces charges, indictment could mar Rick Perry's presidential chances." Apparently, mean Republican Perry is pressuring Democrat DA Rosemary Lehmberg to resign and a Democrat special prosecutor Mike McCrum finds this illegal.

Lehmberg was arrested for drunken driving and was highly abusive to the police. Lehmberg had three times the legal limit of alcohol and was strapped in a restraint chair with a spit shield. She refuses to step down from her position as head of the, wait for it, "Public Integrity Unit." McCrum is a criminal defense attorney who was cited in a contempt motion for allegedly telling a witness to leave town to prevent testifying against his client.

I expect an anti-Republican bias in the opinion section of the paper, but it would be refreshing if the news articles at least pretended to be unbiased. Yes, the AP wrote the article, but the paper chose to publish this one-sided partisan propaganda.

Bernard Flusche

Newark

Plenty of questions about Chevron deal

Richmond approved Chevron's plan to expand and improve its business. Chevron's payment of $60 million to the city has been upped to $90 million.

According to recent news, part of that money will be used to pay for Richmond's high school students to attend college. It hasn't been made clear if all high school students in Richmond will get that funding.

Does that include all Richmond residents in high school? Is it limited to a specific school? No details have been shared with the public regarding which students get this service. We need to know.

So, Richmond and Chevron are working together to help the teenagers go to college. But what about Chevron and the city helping Chevron employees and Richmond residents if a disaster takes place? Why isn't some of that money going to help keep Doctors Medical Center open?

In the last few years, some Chevron employees were hurt on site. Some nearby residents also were hurt. Why haven't City Council members and Chevron employees stepped up to keep DMC open to help area residents and Chevron employees?

Eleanor Loynd

Richmond