Water capture could
solve state’s crisis
I have to heartily disagree with the East Bay Times editorial which concluded that only “conservation and recycling” can insure guaranteed water supply (“Drought putting Bay Area supply of water at risk,” Page A8). This is a tired prescription that misses the main issue: California just does not have enough water storage to take advantage of the significant amount of rain that we do get in the fall and winter months.
Californians passed a $7.5 billion water bond measure in 2017, but where are the beneficial results of that in terms of new storage? And we should not allow billions of gallons of water to flow off residential roofs during rain season, rather than encouraging and promoting water catchment. Perhaps the state ought to require water catchment on all new home construction versus requiring solar.
We get plenty of rain during certain seasons, we just need ways to retain that for later use.
fight for constituents
I’d like to express my support of Janani Ramachandran, California Assembly candidate, because she is first and foremost a fighter for justice.
As a beacon of justice for the East Bay, Janani was endorsed by the City of Alameda Democratic Club after earning more than 60% of the members’ votes. But above all, Janani’s message speaks to me. Her vision for California is one that I hope we can achieve — one that truly leaves no group behind.
Perhaps the single most compelling reason for my support of Janani is her refusal to accept corporate money, allowing her to govern impartially and without the backdoor deals that many of our representatives make with corporations before even reaching office.
As a fighter for the people, she won’t stop until each and every Californian has what they need to thrive. And that’s why we need her in office.
Keeping Gov. Newsom
key to state’s well-being
For the well-being of all Californians, please keep our Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in office.
2020 was a horrible year for him and for all Californians. He dealt with a new, out-of-control pandemic that resulted in lockdowns that saved our lives pre-vaccine; out-of-control fires that destroyed homes, businesses and lives; toxic air from the fires; unemployment due to the pandemic; political opponents who cared only for themselves; and now in 2021 a recall election spawned by Republican pro-Trump supporters who have donated money to try to get him out of office.
Newsom knew what to do, took charge, worked with health departments, fire departments and businesses, and is helping us and our economy recover. Take a look at the messes in states in the Midwest and South with Republican governors. God forbid we should ever have a Republican governor in California.
Little talk of all that
Newsom has done right
The column by Dan Walters about Gov. Gavin Newsom (“Sometimes Gavin Newsom is his own greatest enemy,” Page A7, Aug. 3) failed to explain how good a job he is doing, and why Californians should vote against the recall.
A major part of a governor’s job is public safety. Soon after Newsom took office he had to tell people they must take precautions that no one liked. He carried out this unpopular task well.
Newsom addressed another threat to public safety: gun violence. He helped make California the state with the strongest gun laws, and the seventh-lowest gun death rate.
He was also instrumental in getting Proposition 63 passed in 2016. It helps keep guns and ammunition out of the wrong hands. As Governor, he signed good packages of gun safety bills.
Californians care about the safety of their families and communities, and we won’t be distracted. We need to keep Gov. Newsom in office by voting against the recall.
danger more costly
It has become increasingly clear that most fully vaccinated people who then contract COVID-19 simply do not suffer an illness anywhere close to that of an unvaccinated person. Their symptoms are relatively mild and seldom require hospitalization while the non-vaccinated may become very seriously ill and frequently face death.
It, therefore, seems logical to equate the utter stupidity of refusing easily available vaccination to that of potentially committing suicide. Insurance companies should be allowed to refuse to cover the massive medical and hospital bills that are incurred by unvaccinated people.
Perhaps uncovering the danger of refusing to vaccinate will encourage the hold-outs to come to their senses. A rational person would not act on a dangerous dare from a drunk and should treat really bad advice from politicians the same way
Biles displayed courage
During summer break from college in 1963, I worked as a file clerk in the radiology department at the University of Washington Medical Center. I was early on the job on Wednesday morning, July 3, and was, as usual, placing the X-ray films on light boards for the doctors to read.
I had heard that Brian Sternberg, world-record-holding pole-vaulter, had had a trampoline accident, but when I was first to handle those films, I choked up. I could see the break in his neck with my own untrained eyes. I have never forgotten the ache in my heart for this young man, and my heart still aches when I think of him.
Today, I salute Simone Biles for her courage to listen to her body and soul and to respect the life that is ahead of her.