As a graduate of UC Berkeley I have always been proud of the school’s radical past. I am particularly impressed with the free speech movement of the 1960s. But lately I have been disappointed in the hypersensitivity of some of the students have shown to those who would express a different viewpoint. I am no fan of Milo Yianopoulos or Ann Coulter, but recognize them for the noisy gong and clanging cymbal that they are. Let them speak so others can recognize their ignorance.
Santa Clara County justice system must be fixed
When we, as women, are violated, abused, and battered we are asked to put our faith in our criminal justice system and to trust that it will treat us fairly and not re-victimize us.
We need to fix a “justice” system in Santa Clara County that brought us Judge Aaron Persky’s infamously lenient sentence of Brock Turner and, mostly recently, the sentencing of a Silicon Valley CEO to serve less than two weeks in jail for abusing his wife for10 years, despite horrific tapes recording beatings and threats to kill her.
Those who are in positions of power to protect women in our county need to be held accountable when they fail to do so. These two sentencing decisions set dangerous precedent. We cannot accept the normalization of rape culture and violence against women that these decisions represent — not anywhere and certainly not in Santa Clara County.
Review of H-1B program is long overdue
The canard of “can’t find Americans” for technology jobs has been decried for over a decade and even warned that continued abuse of the H-1B program would lead to the result posited as Americans give up trying to work in STEM. Milton Friedman called it a subsidy for corporations –disturbing the free market of labor supply-demand. The IEEE has asked the Attorney General to investigate the program as discriminatory against Americans, ironically on the basis of their citizenship.
UCSF is now the poster child of the extreme abuse of the program, as reported in The Mercury News as they fired longstanding employees and sent their jobs to India. The H1-B program is a labor manipulation artifice disingenuously conflated with civil and immigrant rights when fundamentally it has been used to replace Americans with lower wage earners. A critical review of this program is long overdue.
Abolish death penalty in all its barbaric forms
It is disgusting that some impatient Californians want the state to resume their personal desire of killing inmates on death row using toxic cocktails being challenged constitutionally. Now, to avoid this formulary debate, some are proposing alternative methods, such as firing squads and guillotines. How humane of them. Therefore, the only true life-saving solution is to abolish the death penalty in all of its barbaric machinations.
Until this can be achieved, and to avoid this serial, impassionate slaughter of approximately 750 human beings on death row, Gov. Jerry Brown is urged to commute their sentences to life without parole. It would be a redemptive act by this faithful citizen to culminate his gubernatorial career and enhance his legacy.
How California can best mitigate global warming
Mark Jacobson writes how “thrilling” it is to see legislation proposed that would require California to use 100 percent renewable sources by 2045 (“California needs to change how its power grid works,” Opinion, April 20). I couldn’t disagree more. It’s not thrilling at all; it is incredibly short sighted. The best way to mitigate climate change is to aggressively deploy zero emission technologies.
Why limit ourselves to renewables? The No. 1 scalable zero emission technology in the world is nuclear power. Worldwide, nuclear generation is nearly 10 times larger than solar, wind, tidal, and geo thermal combined. There are more than 50 startup companies in the United States alone designing safe, affordable next generation nuclear power plants. At Tri Alpha Energy and MIT, there is exciting work going on to create practical fusion reactors. All of these efforts would be prohibited to supply power to California under the proposed legislation. That’s dumb. Really dumb. If we want to mitigate global warming, we need to encourage, not prohibit, a diversity of zero emissions options.
Los Altos Hills
Connie’s comments: Let truth prevail over fake news, racism, hatred and ignorance. Let us find all solutions to reduce utility costs from solar and electric cars and other ways.