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We have to do better
by incarcerated young people
The court system shows you the fangs the second you are born a person of color. Once an individual makes a mistake at a young age, the system squeezes them mercilessly like a python and suffocates them.
In San José, 85% of incarcerated youth are Latinos. 90% of young people in court are disengaged or fail at school. Once a child is incarcerated, they tend to fall behind academically. They will probably never catch up with their peers. They are also despised by society throughout their lives. This shows that there is a huge loophole in the system.
If incarcerated youth were rehabilitated instead of just being punished, they could bounce back and make a positive contribution to society. When children of color are treated like criminals, they will act like criminals. If they are given equal opportunity and treatment, they can thrive like their peers.
Chavez’s record shows
she is disconnected
In the September 30 edition of The Mercury News, Sal Pizarro commented on Cindy Chavez’s previous run for mayor of San Jose (“Chavez announces his run for mayor of San Jose”, page B1). He said Chavez’s “perceived alliance” with then-mayor Ron Gonzales (who had been indicted) “lowered his candidacy.” But that’s not the only reason voters in San José rejected his candidacy.
Cindy Chavez voted to build an overpriced downtown city hall shortly after Mercury News published a poll that showed a majority of San Jose voters preferred a less expensive option. It went against the clearly expressed will of the people.
Additionally, Chavez voted to use the prominent estate for the purpose of taking over the Tropicana Mall, which would have displaced many small business owners.
Cindy Chavez lost not because she was linked to Gonzales, but because she was out of touch with voters in San José.
Don’t force the police,
or anyone, to vaccinate
I strongly disagree with your editorial (“Vaccine resistant police should look for another job”, page A16, September 26) that police, firefighters and other public safety workers should “seek alternative employment”. another job ”if they do not agree to be vaccinated against COVID-19[FEMININE[FEMININE
The CDC and President Biden have repeatedly assured us that vaccines are effective and protect against serious illness.
People who have been vaccinated are safe. They are not threatened by the unvaccinated.
Although vaccines are safe for most people, there are still reports of deaths and side effects at VAERS – the vaccine reporting site operated by the CDC.
For many people, getting vaccinated is obvious, they are older or have comorbidities that make them vulnerable. For them, the vaccine is a lifeline.
However, it should remain their choice and that of others. It is an intrinsic part of our civil liberties – freedoms that have been developed over hundreds of years.
More wind power
save birds in the long run
D. “A wind farm rebuilt to supply 47,000 homes”, page A1, September 25:
I was very happy to see the article on the front page about updating the windmills in Altamont.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued a code red warning on climate change that should scare everyone. Kudos to our state legislators for adopting very aggressive goals for the transition to a clean, all-electric economy.
I have been a long-time supporter of environmental policies to save endangered species, but we are at a tipping point where even the National Audubon Society says 389 of 604 bird species are in danger of extinction if warming climate will increase 5.4 degrees F by 2100. Most electric utilities charge very high time-of-use (TOU) tariffs for evening hours when solar output decreases but the wind is blowing. often the strongest. Wind power is one of the cheapest powers in the United States. We need to speed up wind projects like this and the transmission lines.
Time for a refresh
on the flag label
Several times a week, I walk around the neighborhood and notice that at least five or six houses display our national flag.
I grew up in a small town in Ohio in a Boy Scout family. We went to a summer scout camp that had a grand ceremony of rising at sunrise and lowering at sunset our national flag.
The last time I checked the American flag protocol, it said the flag should be “lowered at sunset” unless pointed at it. Our neighborhood flags don’t have spotlights but stay up all night. Despite what I’m sure is meant to show respect for the flag. they actually disrespect him.
As a veteran, I see Veterans Day approaching. I would respectfully request a review by all of us of the appropriate flag protocol.
The state sets an example for
respect women’s rights
Just a few weeks ago, the state of California voted no to Governor Gavin Newsom’s recall.
In Newsom’s speech, he declared his continued support for a woman’s basic and constitutional right to decide what to do with her body. It has been calming for many women in California after the state of Texas banned all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
Newsom recently followed up on this declaration by declaring the freedom to procreate in California and signing AB 1356. This law preserves the privacy and information of abortion providers and recipients. Newsom has also signed AB 1184 which protects the rights of a child not to disclose to his guardians information about the treatment he receives, including abortion.
Women have been repressed throughout American history and fear they will again have fewer rights than a man. Luckily, it looks like we are advancing in California.