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State tragically late

in reopening effort

We should remember that California is late opening up. We are finally restoring what some states never lost and many reinstated in June 2020.

Other states wonder why California, which arrogantly claims to be the entrepreneurial heartbeat of the country, couldn’t keep our kids in school, gyms open and businesses afloat. Our tolerance for draconian restrictions that punish everyone, virtue-signaling outdoor masking, and shaming those who suggest we’re paranoid baffles them.

It took a recall, protests, lawsuits and several trips to the Supreme Court to reclaim what we shouldn’t have lost. Forty-eight other states aligned with CDC guidelines last month. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Mark Ghaly and our public health officials followed fear, not science. They manipulated data (thanks, Alameda County, for correcting yours) and disregarded collateral damage until it was too much to ignore. We should have reopened months ago.

Julie Colwell


Congress must promote

an all-electric future

In their letters published June 10, both David Moller (“Signs are positive for all-electric future“) and Doug McKenzie (“Nuclear energy isn’t a panacea for state,” Page A6) refer to the need for energy storage with renewable sources to reduce carbon emissions. While the costs of generating electricity from solar and wind are becoming competitive with fossil fuels, most energy storage methods are still relatively expensive.

In Bill Gates’ recent book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster”, he stresses that innovation in new technologies like energy storage is one of the actions needed to achieve our climate goals. His plan includes many positive actions for reducing emissions, but the plan falls short of backing a strong policy that would promote these recommended actions.

The most important action is for Congress to pass a market-based policy that puts a price on carbon. To get congressional action, the policy must be bipartisan. A carbon pricing policy would accomplish most of what Gates is proposing in his plan.

Rob Hogue

Menlo Park

Only on the right are

voting rights partisan

I am puzzled by the thinking behind Marc  A. Thiessen’s comments regarding Democrats’ legislative efforts. (“Democrats need Manchin more than he needs them” Page A7, June 10) He refers to congressional Democrats’ efforts to pass voting rights protections as “far left” and “extreme partisan” behavior.

I fail to see how being actively involved in ensuring citizens’ right to vote is “far” anything, given the intrinsic status of voting in a democratic society and legislators’ job to facilitate lawmaking. Significantly, I’ve yet to see Thiessen call out as “far right extremism” all the recent Republican legislation of their own version of voter protection laws.

While flinging “far left” around accomplishes the demonization of Democrats he appears to intend, it would also seem to identify him as far out of touch with rational — and indeed logical — thinking.

Jill Zahner


Little surprise that

rich dodge taxes

I am shocked, shocked that the millionaires and billionaires among us prefer to pay fewer taxes than the majority of citizens of our nation.

Indeed, the rich have whole menus of loopholes provided by their errand boys and girls in Congress, who create the thousands of special deductions, tax shelters, write-downs and write-offs, and deferred compensations so that taxes can be avoided for sharing with the taxman, and ultimately our fellow citizens.

These billionaires apparently have no shame about being free-loaders, taking as much as they can grab to keep for themselves, and paying, in some cases, zero taxes.

Gil Villagran


Boost gun-crime

penalties to slow killings

I’m continually amazed how naïve gun-control advocates are at promoting laws that have little effect in reducing gun violence but punish law-abiding gun owners. Don’t they understand that you’re supposed to punish the criminals, not the innocent bystanders?

If they wanted to make a dent in gun violence, they should argue for legislation that gives any law-breaker with a gun in his possession a minimum 10-year sentence, regardless of the crime.

This will do little to halt mass shootings but will stop any bad guy whose smart enough to think about the illegal road he’s about to take.

Bette Yaeger