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BART masks mandate
was meaningless

 

Re. “BART lifting its masks rule once more,” Web page A1, July 16:

Early night on July 5, I rode BART from MacArthur station to downtown Berkeley. I noticed, for the primary time in two years, a number of riders weren’t sporting masks. Though it was standing room solely, nobody provided this 80-year-old a seat.

On the return journey, at 9:30 p.m., in a automobile with a few dozen riders, nobody was sporting a masks and one man was blatantly smoking. We made eye contact and he stared me down.

I cannot be driving BART once more.

Trish Elliott
Oakland

Petroleum merchandise
are a ‘crucial evil’

Re. “Byproduct of the state’s photo voltaic trade? Deluge of poisonous waste,” Web page A1, July 15:

When will the emperor (our governor and president) notice they don’t have any garments? The a lot touted spurning of the petroleum trade and coal trade in favor of “clear” vitality appears to have its personal demons and dire warnings, presumably exceeding these of extra “conventional” fuels.

Waste and byproducts from the photo voltaic trade at the moment are recognized as a major polluter of our land and groundwater. Biden needs the US to extend manufacturing, however with out metal, how can this happen? Seventy p.c of metal is made with coal, that’s a truth.

Petroleum merchandise are a crucial “evil,” regardless of your politics. You gained’t see solar-powered airliners, ships, long-haul transports or agricultural tools that’s privately owned by “small” operators. The mining of components required by the photo voltaic trade is destroying huge parts of our planet; that is additionally a documented truth, though not often addressed.

What’s the resolution? All electrical isn’t the one reply.

Patrick Adams
Dublin

Freedom beneath assault,
however not in California

Victor Davis Hanson’s July 15 column “California arguably most unfree state within the union,” (Web page A7, July 15) was disappointing and disingenuous. Purporting to doc how California was unfree, he as an alternative cherry-picked points from throughout California which have little or nothing to do with freedom.

If he actually wished to speak a few lack of freedom in the US at this time, he might have talked about new ebook bans in 26 states simply prior to now 12 months. Or he might have talked about the various states that now restrict a lady’s freedom to decide on her personal reproductive well being care. Or he might have talked about how Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has penalized Disney for merely opposing his “don’t say homosexual” coverage – no freedom of speech there. Or how states like Wisconsin simply banned poll drop containers to restrict the liberty to vote.

Hanson’s proper – freedom is beneath critical menace in lots of states, simply not in California.

John McCormick
Lafayette

CO2 more likely to preserve
rising regardless of insurance policies

The joke is on the woke, however all of us endure from it.

The excessive worth of oil and gasoline has precipitated a number of international locations to restart outdated coal-fired crops for electrical energy. Thousands and thousands of individuals will swap to wooden or coal for heat. Lots of the petroleum byproducts like fertilizer and material use a lot much less vitality than the substitutes.

Because of this, we’ll see a soar in CO2 emissions this 12 months even above the soar already recorded in 2021.

Robert Rickman
Benicia

Letter will get it backward
on gun laws

To raised inform readers on the subject of Don DeSarme’s July 12 letter (“Fewer gun restrictions deliver safer states,” Web page A6), it is very important word that Joyce Lee Malcolm’s place at George Mason College is wholly funded by the NRA, suggesting bias in her reporting.

Furthermore, all main research on this matter conclude that states with weaker gun legal guidelines correlate strongly with increased gun demise charges. Please confer with research from Rand Company, World Financial Discussion board, Harvard Faculty of Public Well being, Nationwide Library of Drugs, The American Journal of Drugs, The Public Goal, and Demographic Knowledge.Org, amongst others.

Be aware there’s a comparable correlation in different international locations: The variety of weapons per capita is a robust predictor of upper gun deaths.

Paula Predmore
Danville

We should do extra
to chop down plastic

There are few locations on Earth which are unadulterated by plastic waste. Microplastics are in our our bodies, our oceans and our wildlife. We can’t recycle our means out of this plastic apocalypse. We’re drowning in plastic, and it’s time to show off the faucet.

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