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To any of you who consider yourselves well-informed, I would suggest that you read book entitled The Death of Truth by Michiko Kakutani. I just finished reading it and I now am writing this letter.

I have always considered myself well informed and not swayed by the lies foisted on us by certain media sources. But I now realize that I am a “babe in the woods” when it comes to media manipulation. We think we know what’s going on, but there is another entire layer beneath what appears on the surface. This book will take you to that layer.

It saddens me to think that you and I might know what is happening but we represent maybe just 1 percent of the entire population. If we want to end this sideshow going on in Washington D.C., we are going to need leaders who know more than those currently running the show. Or else, we can make other plans.


Ashley Jones

To quote Jim Oddie “People are sick of (politicians writing) letters and getting nothing done.”
I am personally abhorred by our rash of gun violence and totally support the removal of AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles from our society. Background checks are a ridiculous common-sense idea. It shocks me that our state and federal leaders can’t get these simple things done.

However as Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Councilmember Malia Velia pointed out, Alameda has been a leader standing up against gun violence. The proposed forum seems to be more of an opportunity for politicians to have a good pre-election feel-good session with the voters and garner good press.

The problems that our City Council needs to address and that would be better served by a public forum are traffic, homelessness, unaffordable housing and pedestrian safety. These issues weigh heavily on our community. The Council needs to continue to address these problems and provide positive solutions. The Council does have the power to legislate to address these problems. Unfortunately Alameda cannot ban assault weapons unilaterally.

I thank Councilmember Oddie for not pursuing reimbursement from the city for his legal fees in the City Manager $1 million fiasco, but to me this forum seems more about rebuilding political reputations and pre-election feel-good politicking than an effective way to stop gun violence.


John Platt

Thank you for publishing the excellent commentary by Hunter Cobb (“Questioning the Truth Behind ‘Climate Catastrophe,’” Sept. 26). We hear so much of the hysteria side of this issue, it was good to read a calm presentation of some facts.

I would add that on Sept. 23 a letter addressed to the UN Secretary General was released, signed by 500 leading scientists and related professionals declaring that “There is no climate emergency,” and detailing their reasons why. 

The commentary made reference to Lyndon LaRouche’s critique of environmentalism. LaRouche has also been a big advocate of fusion-energy development, which would solve our energy problems for centuries to come. 

There have been significant advances in fusion research in the past few years and if properly funded we could have this extraordinary, virtually unlimited, pollution-free energy source within a decade.

Chuck Park

Editor’s note: the Netherlands-based organization Climate Intelligence Foundation (CLINTEL) wrote the Sept. 23 letter referenced. CLINTEL’s founder Guus Berkhout is a Dutch engineer who has worked for the oil and gas industry. He started his career working for Royal Dutch Shell.


Six scientists at Climate Feedback (CF), an organization of climate scientists, fact-checked the Sept. 23 letter sentence by sentence. These scientists gave the letter an overall scientific credibility of “very low.” Opinions of these scientists included “biased,” “cherry-picking,” “inaccurate” and “misleading.” The scientists also noted that of 500 “leading scientists” Park refers to, only 10 identified themselves as climate scientists.