Anarchists must stop messing with Oakland
The anarchist knuckleheads need to knock it off and go back to Portland, Seattle, Santa Fe or wherever they're from and stop messing up Oakland.
There are a lot of people like me who were born and raised in this city and love it to death. While we recognize the flaws in our current political and economic system, we still understand civil society is better than chaos.
This is something most human beings figured out a long time ago. Hopefully, they'll catch on soon.
The decisions behind using feeding tubes
In reference to the recent article regarding feeding tubes, my grandmother was kept alive too long with a feeding tube that the doctors refused to remove. That led to family discussions. My aunt refused one after a major stroke and we refused one in behalf of my mother when her dementia progressed and she would no longer eat.
We were more familiar with feeding tubes than most people because my severely disabled daughter got one at age 2.
"Starving" Granny while we fed our daughter Rebecca was difficult but because of our knowledge, we knew it was right.
Tax increases should affect lower income
Jiminy Cricket, that's setting the bar way too high. How many of us make $250,000 per year?
Seems to me the limit should be $150,000. That way it would only affect maybe one person I know -- and I'm 83 and know lots of people.
Help animals and the environment
Here's hoping an incumbent or newly elected state lawmaker will introduce legislation next session to help animals and the environment. A few suggestions:
Amend state rodeo animal welfare law to require either an on-site veterinarian or an on-site registered veterinary technician with a licensed vet on call at every rodeo.
Ban Mexican charreadas, a brutal "steer tailing" event. Tails may be broken, even torn off, and horses can suffer broken legs when the steers run the wrong way. This cruelty was banned in Alameda and Contra Costa counties in 1993, and by Nebraska in 2009.
Ban importation of frogs and turtles for the live animal food markets. California annually imports 2 million American bullfrogs (raised in Taiwan), and some 400,000 freshwater turtles (all taken from the wild) for human consumption. These exotics, when released into local waters, prey upon and displace our native wildlife. Many are butchered while fully conscious. Worse, most of the frogs carry the dreaded chytrid fungus, responsible for the extinction of some 200 amphibian species worldwide.
Write your state legislator, c/o The State Capitol, Sacramento, Calif., 95814.
Coordinator, Action For Animals Oakland
Pay attention to quality of life needs
I was enthused about the Nov. 11 "Transit hub taking off" article until the last words, "quality of life in the Bay Area."
While I'm very sympathetic on lowering planetary pollution, mixed-use development deserves quality of life attention, not just lip service. From experience, I wouldn't place apartments on busy commercial streets. This avoids noise, congestion, soot and other traffic safety issues. I can only hope and urge community leaders to consider residential setbacks and carless bike/pedestrian streets and walkways.
These parts of the Bay Area -- Fremont, Hayward, Union City, Warm Springs, Newark and Walnut Creek -- could buck their conservative reputations by setting a progressive example for livability under this new transit hub model.
If not, developers (as usual) get richer and ordinary people more miserable living under what was built, ostensibly as improvement. I hope it's not another case of green washing.