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Sea level rise does
bad bet

Re. “Court of Appeal clears way for controversial 469-home complex”, Page B1, January 13:

The Sobrato organization will easily find $469 on the market for a McMansion in the low-lying wetlands of Newark, climate be damned.

NOAA Sea Level Rise Viewer (coast.noaa.gov) shows land submerged two feet above sea level. Sea level rise expected 7 feet over the next century on the California coast. The city of Newark did not conduct sea level surveys before approving this doomed project.

Newark had to get assurances that the city wouldn’t cling to new mitigation infrastructure or taxpayer bailouts, both literally and figuratively, when the water came.

Bud Miller

King’s honor by pressing
for a ban on nuclear weapons

Monday commemorates the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., while January 22 marks the first anniversary of the entry into force of the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty, related events.

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

Dr. King’s desired ban is now part of international law, but the United States has yet to sign the treaty. The US leadership could rid the world of the threat he spoke of.

Mary Perner

Elderly people need Prop. thirteen
stay in their homes

In Dave Rued’s letter to the editor about Proposition 13 (“Don’t Shed Tears for the Housing Rich,” page A6, Jan. 13), he says, “Repeal Proposition 13 and make California fair and affordable.” He is clearly young and naive.

If Proposition 13 is canceled for homeowners, there will be a tsunami of older people who will retire and no longer be able to pay property taxes. Proposition 13 allowed me to own my own apartment, pay my taxes, and age in place. If Proposition 13 were canceled for homeowners, many of us would be forced to move because we couldn’t afford the increase in property taxes we would have to pay. It wouldn’t be easy if you’re retired, disabled and squeaky.

Proposition 13 must remain in effect for homeowners. However, I wouldn’t mind Amazon, Intel, and other tech companies paying more property taxes, as long as they can afford it.

Susan Paulson
Castro Valley

Concerned Republicans
must express concerns

I had to laugh at Jeff Johnson’s complaint about being lumped in with Republicans who believe in election fraud, abolition of voting protections, etc. (“Don’t portray the entire Republican Party as pro-Trump,” page A12, January 9).

If you and your friends don’t agree with this nonsense, the Republican Party won’t hear you. Speak out. Make yourself heard in the Republican Party. Don’t just sit there. If you care about this country, get off your ass and make yourself heard.

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

Stephanie Wilkins

Hot rhetoric plays a role
threatened by democracy

At this tense moment in our national history, we need a look at the issue of voting rights.

Voting should be as accessible as possible. But it’s important to remember that methods like unnecessarily mail-in voting, advance voting before Election Day, drop boxes, etc. have emerged in most areas over the past few years.

Until recently, it was believed that the majority of voters should come to the polls on Election Day. There was no widespread talk that this casts doubt on democracy.

The states have always controlled local election rules, subject to restrictions such as the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.

The assumption that democracy lives or dies depending on whether each state allows voting by mail or early voting is needlessly exacerbating tensions and pushing the country into civil unrest.

Democrats, like Republicans, need to chill the fireworks of words and work within the framework of the democracy we still have.

Steve Koppman