Loads of causes
to shut Reid-Hillview
Actually, leaded gas use at Reid-Hillview Airport is a grave well being difficulty (“Study finds high lead levels at airport,” Web page A1, Aug. 4), however it’s not the one purpose to shut the Airport.
My public feedback on the Board of Supervisors assembly of August 12, 2008, calling for the closure of the Airport are as true in the present day as they had been in 2008. As reported within the minutes of that assembly:
“Peter Kutras, County Government, Workplace of the County Government, states that the Reid-Hillview Airport serves a small a part of the group; that there are alternate options in South County and in Hollister for basing non-public plane; that the tenth-largest metropolis in the US has grown up across the Reid-Hillview Airport; that the Airport is now not a suitable use of the property; and that housing, recreation, or different land use could be extra acceptable for the encompassing space. He additional states that, though the authorized implications are fraught with complexities, the problems shouldn’t be thought-about as an obstacle.”
The Board of Supervisors ought to take motion to deliver concerning the closure of the airport.
Santa Clara County CEO (retired)
bait and change
Re. “Why Bay Area needs to eliminate single-family zoning,” Web page A6, Aug. 11:
If you purchase a property you comply with the zoning in place. A variance is a risk however to vary zoning for a whole neighborhood is bait and change and shouldn’t be made authorized.
Excessive-density housing goes up at an enormous fee. Single-family houses are being changed with high-density housing. This must be stopped. Individuals ought to have a alternative; a steadiness of housing choices must be obtainable.
Alternative housing ought to embrace the precise to have open house, room for youngsters to develop and expertise nature close to their residence. Decreasing our high quality of life and way of life shouldn’t be compelled upon us by company greed.
Mail-in voting ought to
obviate apathy in recall
In nearly each article regarding the upcoming recall election, in addition to in lots of op-ed items (for instance, Dan Walters’ “California’s negative reality hurts Newsom,” Web page A7, Aug. 11), Democratic voters’ complacency or apathy are cited as main threats to Gov. Newsom. Republicans, alternatively, are fired up and able to end up the vote.
This “evaluation” is likely to be comprehensible if voters needed to go to the polls, battle to discover a polling place or drop-box, stand in lengthy traces to vote, and so on. Nevertheless, each registered voter in California will obtain a poll within the mail in mid-August. It’s not so exhausting to mark the poll and drop it within the mailbox.
We are able to ease starvation
by appearing collectively
I’m 13 years previous and a First Class Scout in Menlo Park. I needed to deliver to your consideration my concern of a rising disaster that has turn out to be extra prevalent on account of the COVID-19 pandemic: starvation.
Starvation is a matter that my group and plenty of communities within the nation have confronted lengthy earlier than the pandemic. In accordance with Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley, one in three children is in danger for starvation in our group on account of the pandemic.
Whereas Second Harvest Meals Financial institution of Silicon Valley has been and is offering meals to the rising inhabitants of hungry individuals in our group, it’s not sufficient. Many in our group nonetheless face starvation regardless of their assist and fundraising. College students can’t totally think about their training whereas they face starvation, or fear about starvation of their households.
I urge individuals of all ages to search for actions they’ll take domestically to help organizations aiding these in want of meals, and serving to overcome the obstacles stopping them from having a vibrant future.
Column presents nuanced
I’ve adopted the writings of Ruben Navarette Jr. during the last a number of years, typically on this newspaper. He has grown extra conservative over time and I’ve turn out to be extra liberal.
I’m significantly older than Mr. Navarette, however we had been each born and raised in California’s San Joaquin Valley and uncovered to its markedly conservative political bent. I salute Mr. Navarette for realizing when to get off the Republican prepare headed off the tracks, concerning the irrational habits of not less than eight Republican governors to ban native college districts from requiring masks in response to SARS-CoV2. (“Anti-mask mother and father attempt to bully colleges to bend of their path,” Web page A6, Aug. 12)
My respect for Mr. Navarette’s opinions on conservatism will now be seen via a distinct lens as a result of he has proven that there’s a distinction between political conservatism and the Republican Social gathering. Thanks for bringing us a bit of nearer collectively.
Silence within the face
of hate just isn’t an possibility
Wednesday’s Aug. 11 story within the Mercury Information (“Customer berates Asian American restaurant owner,” Web page B1) is a reminder as soon as once more for accountable residents all through the Bay Space to rally across the AAPI group and converse out forcibly towards this hatred and ignorance.
Silence just isn’t an possibility. Silence — as all the time within the face of injustice — is consent.