Despite new guidance,
masking makes sense
The CDC recently announced that those fully vaccinated can stop wearing masks in grocery stores, bars, restaurants, movie theaters, etc (“CDC: Vaccinated can shed face coverings,” Page A1, May 14 ).
This was a terrible decision because stores and restaurants and other businesses cannot check to see who is vaccinated and who is not.
As a result, those who are not vaccinated can now go inside many businesses unmasked.
We know that wearing masks can help prevent COVID, so the CDC’s announcement will put many more people at risk of catching this deadly virus. Even those fully vaccinated are not 100% safe. Eight New York Yankees who were fully vaccinated recently tested positive for COVID.
I’m glad Gov. Newsom is sticking with his June 15 date, and I would prefer mask mandates were kept until July 1.
wasteful in drought
Re. “New drought hasn’t led to official water restrictions,” Page A1, May 10:
Another wasted opportunity is not prohibiting dewatering of shallow groundwater for the construction of underground basements and garages throughout the Bay Area. Construction dewatering is used to remove water when the underground construction intersects with the water table. One residential basement may pump and dump into our storm drains millions of gallons of shallow groundwater. This groundwater is not expendable. Shallow groundwater can recharge our deeper aquifer, charge and be recharged by streams and creeks, and help prevent saltwater intrusion.
Hotter temperatures increase evapotranspiration leading to drier soils and dying trees, and dewatering exacerbates these impacts. In a time of drought and climate change, it does not make sense to throw away any water.
Meanwhile, Valley Water spends taxpayer money to buy imported water to partially counteract these impacts and recharge our aquifer.
could be generational
The opinion piece by Hulissa Aquilar was gut-wrenching (“My father paid his dues but will be deported next month,” Page A6, May 13 ). One wonders how it is that a 15-year-old high school girl has more sense than the U.S. government.
A terrible injury is about to be done to this family and to the stature of our country. This man made a mistake. He paid the price. He has turned his life around. He is a better father than many whom I dealt with in 25 years as a court-appointed child custody mediator.
If this travesty is not corrected, the damage will be generational.
Maybe recall loss
will break GOP cycle
Maybe getting their Newsom recall on the ballot will make Republicans think twice about constantly circulating such petitions, as they have against Newsom and, before him, Gov. Brown, and make Republican candidates think twice about joining such an effort.
If Gov. Newsom’s popularity holds (“Effort to recall Newsom starts to lose some steam,” Page B1, May 12), this will be a race serious candidates can’t win, but one they definitely could lose. One wonders what will happen to the careers of politicians who are told by voters: “We’ll stick with the guy we’ve got, but if we did replace him, we’d choose a retired porn star over you.”
Republicans have clear
vision of election big lie
Thank goodness we benefit from the clear-eyed, impartial, and utterly politically unbiased views of Republican congressional leaders like Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, and so many others, that the violent mob of Trump supporters who smashed windows, broke down doors, clashed with the Capitol Police, and caused members of both parties and houses of Congress to flee for their very lives during the Capitol siege of Jan. 6 — a revolt whose very purpose was to disrupt the electoral vote count and therefore sabotage duly elected President Biden’s victory — was, in fact, not an insurrection.
Thank goodness we benefit from their wise and unbiased accounts of such wildly unfathomable events. One shudders to think that without them, we would be left to rely on nothing more than the truth and our own eyes.
Media can help teach
about plastics’ harm
Single-use plastics — straws, bags, cups and packaging — are only used once and then thrown away or recycled. While some can be recycled, there are millions of tons that cannot be or simply aren’t.
They are primarily made from petrochemicals, and the process to produce plastic is not the only harmful part. These plastics can be swallowed or wrapped around animals’ bodies, found in our water and even end up inside of our bodies. The overuse and overproduction of single-use plastic is having an incredibly destructive impact on our lives.
I’m hopeful that there will be wider education in our local media to help people understand how to use less plastic. Some ways to help with this issue include using bamboo or metal straws, using reusable produce bags at the grocery store and buying in bulk.