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USPS Electric Vehicles
need infrastructure money

Many letters have been submitted supporting electric vehicles for the postal service, which I agree with.

One thing I haven’t seen is how much the charging station infrastructure will cost and where the extra money for that infrastructure will come from.

Rock Fortress
San Lorenzo

Walnut Creek defended
women health

Reference. “Abortion Protesters Now Limited,” Page B1, April 8:

Whenever I drove by Planned Parenthood, I kept seeing anti-abortion protesters on the sidewalk, protesting or yelling at customers as they entered. It was beyond uncomfortable to watch. Regardless of what service someone is receiving, whether it is family planning counseling, abortion services, or contraceptive procurement, they should be able to receive their care without molestation.

Health care in Walnut Creek is not always the most accessible, particularly for those in a lower socioeconomic class and/or those of color. Planned Parenthood is one of the few resources available in the city for these communities, so the City Council’s decision is welcomed by a prospective provider hoping to encourage more empowerment and accessibility in care.

This was refreshing news amid the spate of anti-abortion laws criminalizing those attempting to seek medical care. It would be interesting to follow up to see how this impacts those who are given access to care.

Cari Perumal
walnut brook

Open wallets to level up
care in nursing homes

I was both pleased and sad when I read Nursing Homes, Funding Needs Review, Report Findings. (Page C9, April 7)

I was pleased that the East Bay Times published the Associated Press article and included a teaser for it at the top of the front page. I was saddened that the article was not on the front page but in the business section and to read that what so many have known for so long about the poor care and miserable living conditions in so many nursing homes has not improved. My grandmother lived in what was supposedly a “very good” nursing home in the Bay Area in the late 1980s and eventually died. As the author describes, she received “good quality of care but poor quality of life”.

We have to do so much better, and we have to understand that it costs money to do better – quite a lot of it.

Anne Stafford
Oakland

Earth Day of Appreciation
with a plant-based diet

Earth Day and climate change are reasons to reduce, recycle and eat plant-based.

An article in Nature argues that animal husbandry is a major cause of climate change, air and water pollution, and depletion of soil and freshwater resources. Oxford University Food Climate Research Network reports that solving catastrophic global warming requires a global shift to a plant-based diet.

Carbon dioxide is released by burning forests to create pastures for animals and to operate machinery for raising and transporting animals; Harmful methane and nitrous oxide are released from the digestive tracts of cattle and animal waste ponds.

Meat and dairy producers dump more animal waste, fertilizer, pesticides and other pollutants into water than all other human activities combined, which is the driving force behind wildlife extinction.

An environmentally sustainable world relies on vegetables, fruits and grains. Celebrate Earth Day: Go Plant-Based.

Jane DeMarines
Managing Director, Sustainable Earth Food
Glen Echo

Call the Berkeley Council
Ban single-use plastic

Anyone walking the streets of Berkeley can clearly see that plastic pollution is a significant problem that needs to be addressed. The city’s most popular areas, like Telegraph Avenue and downtown Berkeley, are often littered with plastic bags and packaging, and a trip to the marina clearly demonstrates the worrying impact this pollution continues to have on our environment.

As a member of CALPIRG at UC Berkeley, I have watched as many of my fellow students put countless hours into tackling this pollution and ensuring a safe future for our environment. The organization is currently working with Councilwoman Kate Harrison to get the Better Berkeley Bag Ban through City Council, which would ban the use of single-use plastic bags and ensure the use of more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives. This regulation is critical to creating a sustainable future for generations to come.

Derick Lietzow
Berkeley

Inflation started when
Biden took office

President Biden and his administration blame Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine for our high gas prices and inflation.

High gas prices and inflation started when Biden was elected president. The war in Ukraine began in late February. The American people felt the high prices long before that. But the war makes it worse.

Biden’s policies are paralyzing our country on a grand scale.

Cathy Ledbetter
Newark

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