Letters: Don’t sit out | Newsom responds

Letters: Don’t sit out | Newsom responds

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To keep Newsom,
don’t sit out recall

If you don’t want Gov. Newsom to be recalled it is vital that you vote no in the September recall election. The polls are looking bleak — some put Newsom within the margin of error for not getting the 50% of the vote he needs to defeat the Recall.

And if that happens, whichever of the many candidates gets the most votes wins — meaning Newsom could get the support of 49% of the voters but still be replaced by someone who gets 13% of the vote.

Please don’t sit this one out. Remember not so long ago a lot of people didn’t bother to vote and we got Trump. Please show up and vote.

Candace Cahill
Concord

As crises mount,
Newsom responds

Re. “California is testing populist vision of ‘direct democracy,’” Page A7, Aug. 7:

In my opinion, it is unfair for voters to blame Gov. Newsom for issues like the drought, the Dixie Fire and COVID-19 resurgence. What would those who want to replace him do about the drought except call for water conservation, which Newsom has done. PG&E may have contributed to the Dixie Fire, not Newsom, who has asked for more help from President Biden directly.

Finally, your August 12 edition had the following front-page headline: “State handling Delta better than others.” Does Newsom get some credit for that? One wonders if Larry Elder would do any better.

Gerald Veiluva
Oakland

Region should plan
for walkable cities

As a kid, my bicycle was my access to Gilroy. But my driver’s license really opened up things. I optimized routes to Super Taqueria, In-N-Out, Gilroy High School. Weekend drives were better: dates to Santa Cruz, hanging at Oakridge, driving into the hills.

I moved to Boston for college and loved it. The city was filled with culture, life, and so walkable! I came back to make video games and commuted. I also spent five amazing years in Chicago, but I can’t quit the bay, the hills, the ocean.

I wish California had been built up instead of out. Five days a week I dream of walkability like I had out east: a corner grocer, coffee shops, parks, the office, all easy walks or transit-accessible. There are a million reasons to drive less; what if the car wasn’t necessary every day? Please support mixed-use, dense, walkable neighborhoods in your city’s upcoming Housing Element.

Randy O’Connor
Oakland

We all must answer
call in COVID war

Last week, we had funeral services for my 95-year-old brother-in-law, Leo. He was a World War II veteran and a member of the Navy Underwater Demolition Team – – predecessors of the Navy Seals. Leo responded to the call to serve our country. In those days, it was dishonorable to be called and not to serve.

One wonders what would happen if we were engaged in another world war. Would anyone go? Strange, because we are in a war against the coronavirus — one that has already killed more Americans than in World War II. Instead of answering the call to vaccinate and to mask, we hear negative responses from many. In warfare, people are not free to put their selfish interests above the greater good of the country. Freedom comes at a price and democracy suffers when individuals ignore the call to war.

Pete DeLisi
Fremont

Mental health care
abroad needs support

The world’s poorest people are the most vulnerable to developing mental health and substance abuse disorders and many struggle to obtain treatment.

Seventy-five percent of low- to middle-income individuals with mental health conditions did not receive treatment for their disorder. Access to mental health care is a fundamental right. The Mental Health in International Development and Humanitarian Settings (MINDS) Act is the first bill to address mental health support in the context of U.S. foreign development aid.

The MINDS Act would encourage an intergovernmental approach and create the position of USAID Coordinator for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS). This bill is backed by groups like UNICEF, World Vision, International Rescue Committee, and The Borgen Project and would be instrumental in breaking the cycle of poverty.

I’m calling on Senators Feinstein and Padilla to support the MINDS Act (S. 2105) and I hope you will do the same.

Kaylee DeLand
Livermore

Will US learn from
Afghanistan collapse?

Looks like the U.S. government is taking it on the chin again in its misadventure in Afghanistan. Either our country has to grow another chin or wise up to its own stupidity, or should I say arrogance.


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