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The rise in sea level makes
development a bad bet

D. “Appeals court clears way for controversial 469-unit complex”, page B1, January 13:

The Sobrato organization will easily find 469 rubles on the market for a McMansion off the low Newark wetlands, to hell with the climate.

NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Viewer (coast.noaa.gov) shows flooded land at two feet of sea level elevation. Sea levels are expected to rise 7 feet over the next century on the California coast. The City of Newark did not conduct any sea level surveys before approving this doomed development.

Newark should have gotten guarantees that the city won’t be required to pay for new mitigation infrastructure or ratepayer bailouts, literally or figuratively, when the water arrives.

Bud Miller
richmond

Honor the king by pushing
for the prohibition of nuclear weapons

Monday commemorates the life and legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and January 22 marks the one-year anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, intertwining events.

King called nuclear weapons the most colossal of all evils. “The alternative to disarmament,” he said, “may well be a civilization plunged into the abyss of annihilation.” “The development and use of nuclear weapons should be prohibited.”

Dr. King’s desired ban is now part of international law, but the United States has yet to sign the treaty. American leadership could deliver the world from the threat he was talking about.

Mary Pernier
Livermore

Elders need the prop. 13
stay home

In Dave Ruede’s letter to the editor about Proposition 13 (“Sheed No Tears For The Housing Rich,” page A6, January 13), he says, “Reverse Proposition 13 and make California just. and affordable. He is visibly young and naive.

If Proposition 13 is rolled back for homeowners, there will be a tsunami of seniors who are retired and no longer able to pay their property taxes. Proposition 13 allowed me to own my condo, pay my taxes, and age in place. If Proposition 13 were repealed for homeowners, many of us would be forced to move because we wouldn’t be able to afford the increased property taxes we would be paying. It wouldn’t be easy if you’re an elderly, disabled, creaky person.

Proposition 13 must remain in place for owners. However, I wouldn’t mind seeing Amazon, Intel and other tech companies paying more property taxes because they can afford it.

Susan Paulson
Castro Valley

Troubled Republicans
should express their concerns

I had to laugh at Jeff Johnson’s complaint of being lumped in with Republicans who believe in election fraud, removing voter protections, etc. (“Don’t paint the whole GOP as supporting Trump,” page A12, January 9).

If you and your friends aren’t in tune with this bullshit, the GOP can’t hear you. Speak. Make your voice heard in the GOP. Don’t just sit there. If you care about this country, let go and make yourself heard.

Don’t let these power-hungry fools take the reins. It is within our reach to keep our country as it should be, free for all. Protect our voting rights.

Stephanie Wilkins
Brentwood

Passionate rhetoric plays a role
at risk for democracy

At this tense moment in our national history, we need a perspective on the question of the right to vote.

Voting should be as easily accessible as possible. But it’s important to remember that modalities such as no-needs mail-in voting, advance voting before Election Day, drop boxes, etc., are all new to most localities in recent years. .

Until very recently, it was assumed that most voters had to go to polling stations on election day. There was no widespread rumor that it questioned democracy.

States have always controlled election rules locally subject to limitations such as the Constitution and Voting Rights Act.

To suggest that democracy lives or dies depending on whether each state allows mail-in voting or early voting insanely escalates tensions and pushes the country toward civil unrest.

Democrats, along with Republicans, need to cool the verbal fireworks and work within the democracy we still have.

Steve Koppman
Oakland

Election changes push
The United States towards a minority regime

We may be witnessing the end of the American Experiment in democracy. North Carolina has established a map of Congress that favors Republicans in 79% of the seats when they obtained just under 50% of the vote. The former president won his first election despite losing 3 million votes and nearly won his second election despite losing 7 million votes. Republicans across the country are creating processes that will see the next 7 million votes lost, resulting in a victory.

A form of minority apartheid is being established in America. It may prevail in the short term. However, history demonstrates that minority rule never lasts and usually does not end well.

Barry Gardin
Hayward

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