Unsettled (Climate Science)

Get out the full-body armor; those face masks won’t do at all. The three-part article in the Alameda Sun from George Humphreys (“Analyzing the Draft EIR for the City’s General Plan 2040,” Sept. 17, 24, and Oct. 7) is just an appetizer for what we’re about to be hit with as the United Nations Climate Change Conference gets underway on Halloween in Glasgow, Scotland.

Before you start to freak out about all the forecasts of doom coming out of those quarters, kick back and enjoy a little science.  I definitely recommend the recent book by Steven Koonin, Unsettled. He’s a highly respected physicist who served as a top scientist in the Obama administration.  His politics leans toward the Democratic side; he’s not some right-wing fanatic.

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No to Ethnic Studies rule

Regarding “Ethnic studies required for diploma” (Bay Area, Oct. 10): This is really not a good requirement in my opinion. Students should learn about contributions and oppression of different minority groups within history and social studies. This applies to all minorities.

However, if we have to have an extra subject, let us include the contribution and oppression of one seldom referred to minority groups: people with disabilities. Look at the contributions and influence people with disabilities have had on music. Many American blues singers were blind. Beethoven was deaf in the last few years of his life. So, we should be learning about contributions of people with disabilities, and not just Helen Keller.

Marianne Haas, Berkeley - Central Committee Member - Letter to Editor posted 10/13 in San Francisco Chronicle e-Edition


Afghanistan, RIP- Thoughts about Two Wars

This past weekend, 8/15/2021, Afghanistan fell to the Taliban.  Much is being made about the parallels between the fall of South Vietnam on April 30, 1975, and the events in Kabul yesterday.

Here is a personal parallel.  I served for two tours as an Army helicopter pilot in South Vietnam.  More recently, my son served for two tours as an Army helicopter pilot in Afghanistan.  Today, both of us remember our Army friends who never came home or who came home with grievous injuries that have affected them for the rest of their lives.

And it is the same for several thousand Alameda County veterans who served in Afghanistan during the past twenty years.  Their service and sacrifice have been rendered meaningless in a matter of a few days.

And another parallel:  The collapse of South Vietnam began in August 1974 when a Democrat controlled congress voted to stop all assistance to the country.  By the end of the year North Vietnam began a conventional invasion of South Vietnam.  The collapse of Afghanistan began the day President Biden announced all US forces would leave the country by the end of this month.

It gets much worse.  The collapse of Kabul has encouraged our enemies once again.  One day what we faced in Afghanistan and Iraq will seem insignificant in comparison to what we will face.  What will we do?

- Doug Miller, ACRP Central Committee


CAGOP votes no formal endorsement - THREE straw poll winners

On 8/7, CAGOP delegates voted 90% to not make a formal endorsement out of 753 votes.  The chairwoman confirmed four candidates met the prescreening of 200 supporting delegates.   Delegates pre-voted for as many as desired among the Republican candidates.  The counts of the top four were not provided.  The top four in alphabetical order are:

Larry Elder           https://youtu.be/jpPcjzv1KRk
Kevin Faulconer    https://youtu.be/_zagYaL9E3k
Kevin Kiley           https://youtu.be/lpjEGlXnI2E
Doug Ose            Had Heart Attack on 8/15 and withdrew from race on 8/17

- Harry Briley, AD16 Chair for Central Committee


HOT ACRP TOPIC: Public Education and Masks in Schools

If you are like me, every morning when I turn on the news, there is another story about parents gathering at school board meetings across the country to protest the addition of topics like Critical Race Theory, the 1619 Project, and more graphic sex education information. Most recently, parents are also protesting the requirement that masks be worn in school.

Yesterday the San Ramon Valley Unified School District held its first meeting of the new school year. About 75 visitors attended the meeting to deliver a single message: Let parents decide whether their children should wear masks to school.

Two local TV stations ran stories last night. The TV coverage is surprisingly wide. As we walked out of the meeting yesterday, one of the reporters asked us if we supported mask mandates in schools. She told us she had been unable to find anyone to interview who supported continued mask mandates. Those news clips can be found here:

https://abc7news.com/masks-school-san-ramon-valley-unified-district-anti-mask-rally-bay-area/10927602/

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/parents-group-to-rally-in-danville-against-schools-mask-mandate/2619045/

I joined their efforts this morning. I recommend that the Alameda County Republican Party organize a county wide effort to learn about school curriculum and school policies in our local schools.

There are 18 public school districts in Alameda County. About 10 ACRP members and volunteers can collect important information on topics such as critical racial theory and mask policy and let voters know. We could help organize protests at school board meetings like the meeting yesterday in Danville.

We have recruited five volunteers for this new ACRP committee. Will you help us? Please let me know as soon as possible. We can meet, organize and make plans through Zoom.

Please contact me!

Doug Miller, Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Alameda County, 925.998.9905