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The county should go to
alternatives to the new prison

Last week, Supervisor Otto Lee ignored the community outpouring and voted for a new jail (“County Moves Forward With New $390 Million Jail,” Page B1, January 27).

Four and a half years ago, I was homeless. I have bipolar and was off medication. A situation arose where the police showed up, but also an ambulance. Instead of going to jail, I went to the hospital.

From there, I started receiving treatment. After a lot of rehab, orientation, and work, I have a place to live, I have medication, I’m back in school, and I have direction in my life. I have hope. I hate to think of what might have happened if I ended up going to jail for a mental health issue.

Rehabilitation is not done in prisons, it is done in social services.

I urge readers to call Supervisor Lee’s office to ask him to change his vote to no on a new prison and yes on alternatives to incarceration.

Andre Siegler

The SJ Firearms Ordinance will be
help slow gun violence

D. “SJ Guns Act Ripe to Defeat in Court”, Letters to the Editor, page A8, January 28:

I commend Mayor Sam Liccardo and the San Jose City Council for their courageous vote in favor of gun control. This will save lives and educate and redirect potential gun offenders.

Gun enthusiasts love to cite the Second Amendment, which they say gives them individual gun rights. It states that a gun owner must be part of a well-regulated militia.

There is an inverse relationship between strict state laws and gun deaths. California is No. 1 in strict gun laws, No. 44 in gun deaths in 2019; Mississippi is No. 48 in laws, No. 2 in deaths. When Sunnyvale passed its strict gun ordinances in 2013, they were sued by the NRA; the NRA lost.

Every day we hear of another shooting. Let’s change that.

Myra Orta
Los Altos

PG&E needs new
role model for your business

The January 31 article “A fight over rooftop solar” (Page C9, January 31) highlights PG&E’s dangerous philosophy – “the more electricity they sell, the more money they make”, and solar on rooftops is a threat to this.

With federal action on climate change stalled in Congress, we can’t afford to undermine rooftop solar in California. The advantages are clear:

• Owners save money and make better conservation decisions.

• Utilization of available rooftop area means less land development for solar farms, protecting natural ecosystems.

• Is it more efficient, bringing electricity directly from your roof to your house, or pulling it over hundreds of miles of transmission lines and substations?

PG&E’s big business approach has allowed California to have some of the highest electricity rates in the country while causing some of our worst disasters. Make electricity rates fairer, but PG&E must support a distributed resource model.

Tom Calderwood
Los Gatos

red states banning
more than books

D. “Tennessee School District Bans Holocaust Books,” January 27:

With the wave of book bans underway in many red states, to say I’m relieved to be a teacher in California is an understatement.

This is my first year of teaching, and I simply can’t imagine being limited in my ability to present my students with perspectives that will make them more curious, empathetic, knowledgeable, and, yes, uncomfortable. This is the nature of education.

As my colleague says, “When you ban books, you ban voices.

Jacob Lafarga

The American way is inviting
conflict in Ukraine

Congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are pushing for legislation that invites war by stifling negotiations between the two nuclear superpowers while militarizing Ukraine for $500 million.

“Law on Defense of Sovereignty of Ukraine” (HR 6470 and S.3488) sanctions Russians, given “significant escalation” – even without invasion.

Opposing Moscow “over NATO membership” becomes a non-negotiable policy.

America promised that NATO would not advance “an inch” east of a unified Germany (1990). We reneged, staged an anti-Russian coup in Ukraine in 2014, and now arm and train Ukrainians.

In what way is Ukraine more our affair than Cuba was the affair of the USSR in 1962? Soviet missiles panicked JFK. Putin fears NATO aggression.

As invaders from Iraq, Vietnam, Korea and elsewhere, we don’t have the moral authority to be world cops.

The Charter of the United Nations (signed in San Francisco) requires the peaceful settlement of disputes (Articles 2 and 33). Preparing for war brings war.

Jeannette Hassberg, Paul W. Lovinger and Grace Teresi
Officers, League of War and Law
San Francisco

Americans are too willing
ignore trump problems

Will Bunch asks if we Americans will choose silence when we learn the truth that our former president is guilty of criminal acts (“Trump’s Criminal Acts – Will America Care?” Page A7, January 26).

Sadly, we Americans have watched Donald Trump obstruct justice, commit acts of treason, attempt to corrupt the results of a fair and proven election in 2020, and then call on his supporters to flood the halls of Congress in support of his big lie. Twice we have seen the Senate refuse to impeach him.

If our elected leaders who have sworn to uphold our Constitution have allowed Trump to get away with his illegal actions thus far, is it any wonder that we expect something different from American citizens? ? Truly, the man is made of teflon and proven to be “above the law”.

Gen Stoner
San Jose