Political extremism is rising from both sides

Regarding “American Fascism on the Rise” (Insight, Jan. 2): I would say that extremism on the right and left is on the march. Both my parents remember Nazism and fascism really well. They heard the bombs falling and saw the destruction. They also were aware of concentration camps as a Jewish family lived in my grandparents’ house.

I grew up about five hours from the East German border. I had the opportunity to visit the Soviet Union in 1976. I saw little children marching in goose step just like in Nazi Germany. I also saw the Berlin Wall that prevented people from leaving the “workers' paradise.”

So, I believe in this Republic. I also believe in a multiparty system. Democrats have the White House, Senate and House. This is one-party rule.

Public safety is often equated with “law and order” and fascism is implied. This is wrong. I used to be able to travel around the Bay Area safely. I now cannot do so alone due to a disability.

Marianne Haas, Berkeley (CC Member), Letter to the Editor in 1/4/2022 San Francisco Chronicle eEdition

Back the Blue

Our brave law enforcement is under attack in California!   From radical liberals trying to defund our officers to increased attacks from criminals and gangs-- they are under severe threat.  In 2021 ALONE:
314 Officers Shot
58 Officers Killed by Gunfire
Ambush Attacks on Officers Up 126% from 2020 

Half of Californians have said they DON’T support our police- we need to know where you stand!  If grassroots patriots like you don’t share their support for our police-- the defunding of LAPD will spread across the state to every police department like wildfire! CLICK: Confirm you back the blue

- California Republican Party (CAGOP.org)  

Truthfulness Not Ideology

Gil Michaels' “How to Celebrate 'No Thanksgiving'” (Nov. 25 Issue of Alameda Sun), demonstrates one thing. If you overly imbibe in daily “news” and commentary, you can lose touch with reality. The effort to vilify Donald Trump and his supporters has gone from an obsession into pagan ritual.

OK, there may be a few wild-eyed libertarians out there who support Donald Trump, but that is the extreme caricature. The reason so many middle American workers have abandoned the Democratic Party is because it's a mess. Trump defended the interests of American workers, promoted energy production, both fossil fuels and nuclear, got Americans back into space, and promoted fair trade policies, among other things. This is not Ayn Rand!

He never promoted Ayn Rand, as far as I know, but he did promote Alexander Hamilton and Abraham Lincoln. He even advocated a return to the Glass-Steagall law of Franklin Roosevelt! Where was your commentary on that Mr. Michaels?  The truth is a bit more complex than Mr. Michaels and his true believers want to see. A bit more truthfulness and generosity, and less ideology would be helpful for all.

-Hunter Cobb, ACRP Attendee - Published in Alameda Sun, 11/29/2021

Protect the vulnerable

A 95-year-old woman was robbed on Thanksgiving Day while walking near the ocean in Berkeley. Crime prevention always was a bipartisan issue and justifiably so. However, lately criminals are being coddled, and many people are now afraid.

Many of the affected small-business owners are people of color, losing the business they built up with their life savings.

I had my purse snatched three times while living in Los Angeles. I am blind and am not able to recognize anyone. I was afraid to go out by myself for weeks. Laws should be enacted to make it harder on criminals to go after the most vulnerable.

Marianne Haas, Berkeley, CC Member - Published in San Francisco Chronicle eEdition 12/2/2021

Ethnic Studies Curriculum

Xaviaer DuRousseau reported at the October Meeting that he had talked one-to-one with several school board members. He also researched the California Department of Education web site to create a 3-page comparative chart.  Candidates and conservative activists need this chart to know useful talking points and concerns about each point.  Here is the link to download his excellent document. - Harry Briley, CC Member, AD16

Ethnic Studies Curriculum (PDF)