Letters: Price of inattention | Costco in Pleasanton | Brown Act | GOP safeguard | Big business and GOP | ‘Tyranny of minority’

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We must sustain COVID
efforts in face of surge

Re. “After months of measures to stem pandemic, public ‘really getting sick of this,’” Nov. 16 :

Why can’t we all pay attention? If we had all paid attention in the beginning of the pandemic, we would be well on our way to a real reopening of normal activities.

Instead, we are sliding way back. Please, if we can all pay attention to the basic steps to fight the virus, we will recover. This is not political, nor economy-related. This is health.

Just do the right thing: Wear a mask, social distance, and wash hands frequently.

Gae Mora
Concord

Costco challenges
must end in Pleasanton

The Pleasanton Citizens for Responsible Growth have once again lost their action attempting to block the Pleasanton Costco project (“Pleasanton wins latest Costco court battle, but is fight over?” Nov. 17), yet they say they may continue their effort once they review the ruling.

This measure has been voted on by the people and approved. Doesn’t that serve as some sort of signal? The people have spoken. The City Council has spoken. The Superior Court has spoken. Time to give it up. The project is a good idea that was soundly laid out. Let it happen.

George Vien
Pleasanton

Don’t let Brown Act
reform be watered down

I support the call for updating California’s Brown Act from Shawn Landres (“COVID-19 shows need to update California’s Brown Act,” Nov. 8) and Subru Bhat (“Brown Act reform is the right call,” Nov. 11) in the East Bay Times.

  Opinion: Social media survived the election. Now it needs to go further

The 1953 Ralph M, Brown enumerated the rights of the public to participate in local government meetings. It checked the power of local governments, just as the 1791 ratification of the Bill of Rights checked the power of the federal government by enumerating the rights of the public with specific restrictions and prohibitions.

It is likely that the call for “updating the Brown Act” in this age of a pandemic and local governmentZoom meetings will be acted on by the state Legislature. The danger is local government will lobby legislators hoping to water down the Brown Act rights of the people.

Jim Mordecai
Oakland

Support Georgia’s GOP
senators as a safeguard

Re. “Democrats still have work to do: the Senate,” Nov. 13:

Upon reading the above-referenced letter, I found a number of things disturbing.

It is my right to believe differently than the author without being labeled a member of a tyrannical minority. The Senate votes their conscience, just like their counterparts. The “dangerous ideology” he finds unacceptable is still there, as 73 million recently demonstrated. We will assure our voices are heard by those who don’t recognize our right to do so by continuously attempting to silence us.

It is not this “tyranny of the minority” that has gone on long enough, but the immorality of those who believe their way, without compromise, is the only way.

Yes, there is still work to do. The “conservative grip on power” is one safeguard our nation …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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