Another solar facility,another broken promise
Last month Alameda County Supervisor David Haubert voted to approve the massive Aramis industrial solar plant in North Livermore Valley without the county first completing a comprehensive solar policy as Haubert had called for when he ran for office. I wonder if Supervisor Haubert will break his campaign pledge a second time.
On April 22, 2021, the Board of Supervisors will review the Sunwalker solar facility, proposed for a site adjacent to the Aramis plant. Combined, the Aramis and Sunwalker plants will result in the clearing of hundreds of acres of productive, actively used agricultural land. The soil will be graded and covered with 325,000 eight-foot-tall solar panels. North Livermore Valley will become an industrial zone.
Far better locations exist for industrial solar power plants. But we need leaders who understand the importance of preserving our rapidly dwindling agricultural land and open space for future generations as we create more renewable energy.
Thiessen overreacheson Georgia voting law
In criticizing MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s spoken preference for exhibition games in Cuba rather than Atlanta to “demonstrate our values” about Georgia’s new election law (“Georgia isn’t aligned with baseball’s values, but Cuba, China are?” Page A13, April 11), Marc Thiessen quotes a recent U.S. State Department report about Cuban voter suppression and human rights violations as evidence that Cuba cannot be said to represent our values. True.
But Thiessen also writes of “Georgia’s new election law — whose net effect, The Washington Post’s Fact Checker blog found, ‘was to expand the opportunities to vote for most Georgians, not limit them.’” No — those were not the words of Fact Checker of the Washington Post (Thiessen’s own publisher).
Fact Checker wrote those words only about “net effect of the new early voting rules.” The new early voting rules are just one of many aspects of Georgia’s new election law, and the blog decidedly did not defend the others as expanding voting rights.
EDD debacle primereason for recall
Many remarks regarding the upcoming recall of the governor think it is about the COVID-19 responses he took. However, people are overlooking the elephant in the room … EDD. This is his big failure, and he can’t blame Donald Trump.
As I understand it, there are hackers all around the world getting unemployment checks from California and, of course, California prisoners. The governor’s solution was to stop checks from going to those who deserve them, which seems a cruel way to solve the problem.
Harry’s desk sign said it all: “The buck stops here.” Get rid of Newsom.
Charles HunterPleasant Hill
After 10 years,death reigns in Syria
The ongoing tragedy of the Syrian people was created first by their government. It began when peaceful demonstrators challenged the failed policies of that government. Instead of negotiating with them to improve their miserable conditions, the government resorted to brutal force, with the support of Russia and Iran. Other countries including the United States entered the conflict.
The Syrian civil war began and it is continuing today, resulting in almost a half-million deaths and almost 12 million refugees or displaced persons.
Russia prevented any action by the United Nations Security Council against the brutality of the Syrian government, including its use of chemical weapons against its own people.
I and the world understand President Joe Biden, when he accused the Russian leader of being a killer. It is the responsibility of the world community, including governmental and nongovernmental organizations and the media, to speak out.
Amer AraimWalnut Creek
In diverse nation,hate has no place
As someone who identifies as part Chinese and Viet, reading about the recent cases of racial attacks on the Asian community fills me with shock and disappointment. Especially since many of these attacks target the elderly, it angers me that prejudice and hate are still prevalent in my community.
I lived in this Bay Area bubble where seeing Asians is the norm. This perpetuated belief that all Asians are at fault for this virus is ignorant. I used to think that social issues never concerned me unless they directly affected me, but now I know how wrong I have been. Businesses being vandalized, the elderly being assaulted – it’s not just those in the Bay Area that are suffering, but the nation as a whole.
Sadly, still in 2021, our country’s pride in diversity is still undermined by these acts of racism.
Nothing wrongwith being ‘woke’
What is so wrong with being “woke” (Victor Davis Hanson, “What it means to be wealthy and woke in today’s America,” Page A7, April 9)? The dictionary defines woke to mean aware, alert, conscious. Antonyms include unaware, benighted, ignorant.
Hanson identifies wokeness as a trait of the elite. This ignores the millions of weekday workers who gave up weekends over many years to march peacefully in support of civil rights, women, science and Black lives. It is overwhelmingly the elite with flexible schedules, financial resources and platforms who use their voices and influence in making a difference.
Elitism is neither disease nor sin. There is nothing wrong with wokeness. Without it, there would still be slavery, neither Blacks nor women would vote, the rich would exploit workers, and Hanson could slumber peacefully in the oblivion of his ivory tower.
Campbell ScottLos Gatos
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