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Find better solutions
than Union City road

Union City’s Quarry Lakes project is another case of so little (“Connection Road Project Receives State Boost,” page B1, July 6). The project is taking a beautiful open space, green and full of life, and paving it, for just $ 288 million. This provides a route that would eventually allow you to get stuck in traffic parallel to Decoto.

It is a brute force approach to providing transportation solutions, and not the only way, but probably the most expensive way, of figuring out how to get around.

For a small fraction of $ 288 million, more efficient shuttle services could be developed, free bicycles for public use could be provided, and new innovative transportation solutions could be funded. In addition, the city could simply save money for a relatively rainy day and help protect essential services from budget cuts in the future.

Hugues Rex
Fremont

More than ready for
state ban on fireworks

Thank you for your “Wake Up, Smell the Sulfur” editorial. It’s time to ban fireworks. (Page A6, July 7)

I live in downtown Antioch and what a war noise zone that turned out to be this year for July 4th. I am very disappointed with the Antioch Police Department, who stood up and watched the street bombs explode.

I fully support the fireworks ban. I’m not looking forward to Independence Day next year.

Pamela Dias
Antioch

Call the killers exactly
what are they

Men who commit mass killings should not be called shooters, as this term is often used to refer to hunters and legitimate gamblers at crappy casino tables. Instead, they should be portrayed as murderers, because that’s what they are.

Brigitte Fitzsimmons
Berkeley

The tone of the title does not have
match the content of the story

Several readers have written to complain about the erroneous opinions of two conservative writers who appear periodically in this journal. What they do not take into account is the daily barrage of opinions from progressives muddling the facts in favor of emotional pimping.

With the recent headline of “Police Handcuffed Me After License Plate Reader Error” (Page A6, June 23), the headline would lead you to believe that another violent and racist profiling event has taken place. produced in the hands of the police. While I’m sure the event was very frightening for the writer (as it would be for any law-abiding citizen), if you read deeper into the article, there is some truth to it. His car had a license plate associated with an armed robbery and that is why he was arrested. It was confirmed that the plaque had been stolen and the writer left without further incident.

Not quite the inflammatory story the title inferred.

Donna Whitmore
Hayward

International expenses
promotes security, stability

After reading “Haiti in upheaval: President Moïse assassinated at home” (Page A4, July 8) I felt the urge to share an alternative solution to help Haiti.

Haiti calls on the United States to help investigate the assassination. While it is important to find the criminals, there is clearly a bigger problem of instability in Haiti. Improving the conditions of the world’s poor directly improves national security. The increase in the number of US humanitarian missions decreases the influence of terrorist groups, allowing countries to be safer and less corrupt.

I urge Sens. Feinstein and Padilla to protect the international affairs budget, which supports critical development and diplomacy agendas around the world. Prioritizing international funding and providing assistance to the world’s most vulnerable is essential, which in turn protects the health and safety of all Americans.

Kaitlyn evans
Danville

Vaccination conspiracy
is difficult to penetrate

Last weekend I visited an anti-vaccine couple and learned why people refuse the vaccine, even though it causes travel problems. Basically, this is a three-pronged denial: conspiracy theories, confirmation bias, and data selection.

First of all, these people have been taken in by one of the theories that the vaccine is some sort of conspiracy, all about obscure people making a lot of money selling something that is bad for you. Then they go through the data, ignoring anything that goes against their position. And then they search for books and articles that they agree with, refusing to read or hear anything to the contrary.

There is no way to counter this. They’ve built a wall of distorted information around them, and any reasonable argument is taken as a sign that I’ve been duped by those responsible for the conspiracy.

Meade Fischer
Soquel

Focus the excess on drought
gun control relief

Re. “It’s time for the governor to spend the excess funds on gun control,” page A6, July 11:

I am 100% in favor of tighter gun control and security measures. I would like a bipartisan congressional committee to come up with the safest interpretation of the Second Amendment’s opening clause requiring a “well-ordered militia.”

However, in this year of extreme drought and with the scarcity of water, I believe that all or most of the money in the surplus budget must go to fire prevention.

Susan brown
San Carlos

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