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It’s too hard to build
housing for teachers

On the April 19 issue of the Olx Praca, the headline was “Building a Struggling Teacher” on the front page. On page B5 of the same issue, we see: “City (Berkeley) receives $16.2 million for homeless housing.” And this is for 44 units. Do the math: $368,000 per unit.

I doubt very much that this is the most effective way to solve the problem of the homeless. This uncontrolled “generosity” will become a magnet for even more homeless people flooding the former “Golden State”.

Apparently, when it comes to housing in California, it’s much better to be homeless than a teacher. The neglect of the very people who raise our children is a complete disgrace.

Peter Ligeti
San Jose

The virus is still spreading
masks help too

Denial doesn’t really work guys. COVID still exists. In fact, in at least 21 states, according to Olx Praca on April 24, “US cases are on the rise again.” (Page A1)

A recent obituary reported the death of a young man after losing the battle against COVID. It seems like every few months a new variant rears its ugly head. And there are still too many anti-vaccination people who may be unsuspecting carriers and spreaders of the virus.

Yes, I know the arguments against wearing masks. For example, it is difficult to breathe under a mask. But then it’s better than breathing on a ventilator. So for some, the question is “to mask or not to mask?” Answer – why is this a question at all? The masks work. I’ll leave mine on.

Caroline Rakowski
Morgan Hill

The referee was not qualified
for the bench, not to mention the ruler

A front-page article about the mask mandate struck down by a federal judge, U.S. District Judge Katherine Kimball Mizell, indicated that Donald Trump nominated the person. It did not mention that the person had received an unqualified rating from the American Bar Association. Also, the Republicans rammed the life appointment and not a single Democrat voted for her.

The question is whether we should trust the CDC or unqualified Republican judges, and who should we blame if flights are canceled because crew members have COVID.

Robert Miller
Los Gatos

Modern prison system
it’s an echo of slavery

The effects of America’s racist history are still being felt today as discriminatory policies and ideologies infiltrate America’s institutions. The monumental 13th Amendment states that “slavery and servitude, except as a punishment for a crime…should exist in the United States.” Although slavery has been completely abolished in America, the basis and premise of slavery still exists.

The prison-industrial complex is an interconnected network between private prison companies and a government that has socially and politically accepted the secret institution of slavery. Within the prison-industrial complex, prisoners are forced to work under harsh and unethical conditions for the profits of corporations and private prison companies. Thus, increasing the number of prisoners is beneficial, which creates an incentive for incarceration. It targets people of color and poor Americans as they are often targeted by the American justice system.

This modern form of slavery should not exist in the 21st century.

Kyler Tai
San Jose

To defeat Russia
decisive steps are needed

It is sad that Ukrainian citizens are still suffering at the hands of Russia almost two months after this conflict began. People on both sides mourn their lost loved ones. I can’t imagine the fear they must feel when war is a daily threat to their lives.

President Zelensky called on other countries to help. Zelensky, along with many others, has proposed even more sanctions against Russia in the hope of putting more political pressure on it. However, the negative effects of these sanctions extend far beyond Russia. Take, for example, rising gas prices. Sanctions have not been enough to stop the Russian invasion, although they hurt us all.

Western countries need to take more decisive action against Russia without harming their own citizens. The people of Ukraine are suffering, and we, as native people, are obliged to help them.

Finn Matthews
San Jose