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On Sept. 12, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity met for the second time. Led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the group is inquiring about state election laws and investigating alleged voter fraud.  

Last month Kobach sent letters to all 50 states requesting all “publicly available” voter data, including names, addresses, voting history, party affiliation, felony convictions and Social Security numbers. Many state officials fear they’ll be used in coordinating voter suppression. California’s Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, has refused to comply with the request.

We believe our democracy is stronger when all eligible voters can participate in our elections. Members of the commission have shown they do not share in this goal. Kobach has been brought to court — and lost — several times for suppressing the constitutional rights of citizens to vote in his home state of Kansas. In 2016, Kobach threw away thousands of votes.

What will this commission do to ensure that all eligible voters — particularly those from underrepresented communities, including first-time voters, new resdents, communities of color, the elderly and low-income Americans — have the opportunity and the information to exercise their right to vote?

Voting brings us together as Americans. Politicians should prioritize pro-voter reforms to modernize and secure our elections, not set up barriers to keep select voters away from the polls.


Georgia Gates Derr President, League of Women Voters of Alameda


We have the most amazing large and small dog parks, and I enjoy taking my dogs to both of them. I appreciate the time that someone has taken to provide us with such spaces. I have three dogs that are both small and large, so it’s hard to take all of them to one or the other. Lately I’ve been going later at night to avoid crowds, and tonight (Saturday) I took the three of them. When we got to the park, the two gates were open, which is odd, since everyone is very careful to close them. 

I saw someone in the tree in the middle of the park, and it turned out that a group of teenagers had decided this was going to be their party place. Interesting choice, dusty and smelling of dog the way it does. 

Anyway, I closed the gate, and several more teens arrived and, of course, they didn’t close it, either. In fact, they forced it open so far it was hard for me to close. If anyone wonders why anyone would be so inconsiderate as to leave the gates open, this is why. 

I do have a license plate number if that’s appropriate. Please feel free to contact me, and I will furnish it upon request. Thank you.

Torre Delgado


The recent commentary by John Corbally (“Watching Them Recede into History,” Aug. 31) shows the clear lack of understanding in the “blame game.” Very early in his article, Corbally reveals his true basis in writing by making reference to “the idiot in the White House.” His entire thesis seems to be that the removal of “offensive, vicious symbols” is justified and our president does not understand.

He speaks at length of the recent confrontation in Charlottesville where we had black people who were never slaves fighting white people who were never Nazis over a Confederate statue erected by Democrats because Democrats can’t stand their own history any more. And somehow it’s Trump’s fault? 

Thank you for allowing me to vent.

Don Kittleman


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