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Letters: Oakland leadership | Lee’s critique

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Oakland needs change
in its leadership

The Oakland mayor and City Council have defunded and demoralized the police to such an extent that they are unable to properly do their job. The district attorney has bent over backward to release incarcerated thugs to continue committing street muggings, carjackings, store break-ins and the like.

These elected officials are directly responsible for the fear we experience living and shopping in Oakland and indirectly responsible for a growing racist, anti-democratic, pro-Trump sentiment. Vote these clowns out of office as soon as possible.

Stephen Matthews

Lee’s critique of
high court is spot on

Re: “Call to remake court proves Lee is unfit” (Page A6, May 26).

With all due respect, I must respond to Dick Patterson’s letter. U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee has been a dedicated servant of the people for many years. Her accusations against America’s highest court are most certainly not baseless.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has tarnished the court’s image and its credibility with his financial shenanigans. His refusal to divulge financial privileges given to him by Texas billionaire Harlan Crow are facts, not rumors. From the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court has been gradually weakening, not strengthening, our democracy.

As far as sabotaging the efficiency and equality of the court, former President Donald Trump has written the book on undermining truth and justice. For all intents and purposes, Lee was spot on with her critique of the court. Reforms and changes are needed now.

Malik Washington

Let Feinstein serve
the rest of her term

I was part of the chorus saying Sen. Dianne Feinstein is dysfunctional and should retire gracefully. I have changed my mind on this issue and support her staying until her term is over for the following rationale.

The Republican senators have been doing everything they can to block the activities of the Senate Judiciary Committee in advancing judicial confirmations. If Sen. Feinstein resigns, they would refuse to let Democrats fill her seat on this committee. Sen. Feinstein’s resignation would only result in jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. We cannot rely upon the statements of senators like Lindsay Graham that they would support the replacement if Feinstein resigned now.

Sen. Feinstein has an excellent track record and will go down in history as one of the best senators we’ve ever had. Let the forces be with her as she battles her health issues and completes her term.

Subru Bhat
Union City

AI still leaves
much to be desired

I’ve heard a lot about AI recently, how students can use it to do their homework or write book reports. This, to me, seems kind of juvenile; a mere tool of the lazy. If we really have such “intelligence” at our fingertips, why don’t we use it for something more substantive?

I asked one “How we can resolve the homeless problem?” “What can we do to end the war in Ukraine?” Hoping for some enlightenment, I expected too much and was disappointed by the reply “Seems like we hit a snag. Can you try another variation?”

Jim Cauble

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