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Being compelled to go
electrical isn’t any ‘alternative’

Jenny Inexperienced claims “changing fuel with electrical is a pure alternative.” (“Transition from fuel to electrical a winner,” Web page A12, April 17) She fails to say that San Jose is contemplating compelled electrification, not alternative.

The draft plan states “new coverage necessities might be obligatory to make sure constructing homeowners transition away from fossil fuels.”

Switching must be a owners’ alternative, not a metropolis mandate to “guarantee .. transition”.

Upgrading a meter is an costly course of. PG&E lately quoted a neighbor $25,000 to improve {the electrical} service from 100 to 200 amps, and that doesn’t embody rewiring or buying new home equipment.

Solely 13% of greenhouse fuel emissions come from residential and industrial sources; making cuts in solely 13% of the whole sources could have little impact in lowering general greenhouse fuel emissions.

We favor fuel and propane cooking so we don’t have all our eggs in a single basket – when the ability goes out we will cook dinner our meals relatively than letting it rot in unpowered fridges.

Michael Goldberg
San Jose

Extra in-patient providers
wanted for mentally in poor health

Re. “His neighbors tried to save lots of him. However the methods was too damaged,” Web page A1, April 17:

The “system was too damaged.” Shameful. It’s past time to take motion to deliver again psychological establishments for the chronically mentally in poor health and provides the weary, taxpaying neighborhood respite.

How unhappy that individuals like Kenyon Graham will not be getting a compassionate, heat and secure atmosphere within the damaged neighborhood mannequin as a result of there are too many ineffective psychological well being applications, not sufficient beds and apparently not sufficient gumption from elected officers to design an “involuntary project program.” Such a program might conceivably respect the wants of our unhoused mentally in poor health who could also be affected by anosognosia, and untrained neighborhood members who expertise harmful and/or scary behaviors.

Group members assist fund applications by means of tax {dollars} and but these applications proceed to fail those that are mentally in poor health and unhoused. We should study from previous successes and failures to create new and higher fashions that work for and shield the rights of everybody.

Tina Morrill
San Jose

Judges shouldn’t make
public well being choices

Re. “Do I nonetheless have to put on a masks to fly or trip after ruling?” Web page A1, April 19:

It’s deplorable {that a} lone choose can jeopardize the progress now we have achieved in combating the pandemic and endanger the lives of tens of millions, as contemporary circumstances are rising in the USA and world wide. The first responsibility and function of our authorities is to defend us from overseas, home and well being dangers. This choose, as have some GOP governors, handicapped the Biden administration from its heroic efforts to include the virus unfold.

Issues of public security and well being shouldn’t be litigated in a courtroom of regulation. The governments, state and federal, ought to have the suitable to mandate restrictions, based mostly on science and knowledgeable counsel.

I sincerely hope that this ruling is shortly annulled and reversed.

Rameysh Ramdas
San Jose

Zero-tolerance college
insurance policies hurting POC

As a Latina lady, I see the downfall of individuals of shade pursuing greater training. Immigrant households and Black households are sometimes in lower-income areas, and that is the place zero tolerance faculties are, and the place gang violence is excessive.

Studying in regards to the school-to-prison pipeline and 0 tolerance faculties opened my eyes to an space the place youth will not be being heard. Zero tolerance guidelines are applied in many colleges, and this stops younger individuals of shade from succeeding. Getting expelled or suspended for minor infractions pushes the scholar to the road. This may result in gang affiliation, drug use and worse.

Faculties have to implement procedures that train the scholar and that maintain them of their common scheduled courses as a substitute of suspending them and making them keep residence. We have to do what we will to save lots of our youth with training, not incarceration.

Elizabeth Huitron
San Jose

Invoice presents hope
to Alzheimer’s caregivers

April is Nationwide Stress Consciousness Month. Subsequently, that is an opportune time to debate the stress endured by tens of millions of Individuals caring for family members affected by Alzheimer’s illness. As somebody whose father turned chronically depressed from years of caring for my mom who suffered from Alzheimer’s, I perceive how sophisticated it’s to navigate this ever-changing and expensive well being care maze.

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