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State out of place priorities
on its inmate hearth crews

Re. “As Bonny Doon burns, defiant citizens refuse to surrender the struggle for ‘Fight Mountain,’” Aug. 24:

My community in Bonny Doon off Martin Pressure had 5 properties stored only by way of locals. Till 5 days after the beginning of the fireplace, no person had noticed a unmarried hearth truck any place close to our community.

If no longer for the locals who arranged to struggle the fireplace, our whole community could be long past. One area, 4 so much down, used to be stored two times: the primary time by way of a neighbor with a water truck when the home used to be on hearth, the second one time by way of two citizens who fought again brush fires.

Our state govt made the verdict to provide early releases to greater than 800 inmate firefighters. Inmates normally make up 43% of Cal Fireplace firefighting forces. The state is down to at least one,659 inmate firefighters from the two,255 to be had in April, regardless of 86 deaths (Camp hearth) and document warmth. The concern of our elected officers? Now not Cal Fireplace nor house owners threatened by way of hearth.

Sherri McQuaide
Bonny Doon

It’s time for California
to prohibit clear-cutting forests

It’s heartening that the Large Basin redwoods will make it throughout the present conflagration (“Redwoods anticipated to live to tell the tale”, Aug. 25). Withstanding those fires demonstrates that their simplest in reality ambitious enemy is us.

Our voracious want for lumber has ended in the destruction of about 96% of the 2 million acres of redwood provide alongside the coast in 1850 when logging was a growth business in California. Additional, the continuing logging of redwoods is typically completed thru clear-cutting, a winning however excessive bushes business observe that will increase wildfire possibility, contributes to local weather alternate, degrades our water provide and reduces habitat and biodiversity.

In gentle of the local weather disaster, we should call for a right away finish to clear-cutting in California, and we should identify particular protections for the entire redwoods that stay in our state, no longer just for their attractiveness however as a result of their unsurpassed talent to stay carbon out of the ambience.

Jennifer Normoyle

San Jose used to be fortunate
to have Rick Doyle

I had the chance to paintings with Wealthy Doyle when he used to be a deputy town lawyer after which when he used to be town lawyer of town of San Jose.

He used to be a exceptional particular person, moral to the core, truthful and even-handed in his prison determinations, and only a truly wonderful particular person. It rings a bell in my memory that from time to time we see so few with the ones qualities at a countrywide stage however on the native govt stage we see many wonderful examples of that.

Rick used to be that roughly particular person, imbued with integrity, mind and the braveness to take positions which have been the appropriate factor to do however no longer at all times fashionable. Town used to be blessed to have him as considered one of its key leaders for so long as it did.

Les White
Former San Jose town supervisor

USDA will have to renew loose
meal waiver for college students

As a brand new faculty yr starts, many households of small children have entered a brand new global of digital finding out, but additionally the demanding situations of hanging meals at the desk. Because of the pandemic and the upward push of unemployment many households are suffering to feed their kids.

Sadly, The USA Division of Agriculture (USDA) which runs the Nationwide Faculty Lunch Program has refused to increase waivers to let colleges serve loose foods this autumn.

As of now, colleges are required to test pupil ID to decide eligibility at no cost lunch. Throughout the summer time, East Aspect Union Prime Faculty District used to be serving 6,000 lunches day-to-day however has decreased to 120 an afternoon for the reason that get started of the college yr, in keeping with stories.

There must be extra motion and urgency towards the USDA to increase its eligibility waiver to let colleges serve loose foods to all to ensure that kids to succeed in their complete doable.

Nandini Devi
San Bruno

Social media should meet
newfound accountability

Obviously the platforms Valley C-Suiters create, construct and deal with will likely be central to the way forward for humanity: our economic system, well being care, communique. We will be able to no longer be missing concepts anytime quickly.

Their speedy enlargement used to be the tsunami that leveled a lot journalism, destabilizing the one business we promise to give protection to in our Charter. Their algorithms assist force home-made radicalization, their chat rooms host racist, hate-filled teams. Their information amassing manner some other folks know a substantial quantity extra about us than we find out about them. (That’s creepy.)

Do you need this large commercial shift we’re browsing directly to proceed in bloodshed or in calm citizen debate? They’re the brand new elite. The brand new Fourth Property. What are you able to do about it prior to November?

You need to know the way tough the tech revolution is? Glance the way it’s getting used to undo democracy prior to our very eyes.

Greg Rowe-Pasos
Santa Cruz

Balloting for Trump is
attack on democracy

There you move once more, Donald Trump. It’s mentioned that if you happen to inform a lie continuously sufficient other folks will imagine it’s the reality. In Trump’s global, in fact a ways from the reality.

The issue is that Trump believes in an autocracy the place he’s the ultimate chief. There is not any room for achieving around the aisle, for in his global, that will be running with an evil enemy as a substitute of a fellow citizen.

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