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Probe may bring justice,
prevent future Sophias

Those who read every word of “Losing Sophia” (Page A1, June 26) have to have been impacted and will be for some time.

Because it’s a horror story that’s not supposed to happen in America the beautiful, land of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

But, unfortunately, it is – more and more.

Thank you Mercury News and writer Maggie Angst for shining light on what journalism can and should show us. And thank you, Bay Area News Group for staying with it – for rooting out the extreme negligence that let this happen.

Alameda County’s Department of Children and Family Services has failed. Hopefully, aggressive investigation – and justice – can help prevent it from happening again, from losing any more Sophias.

Dan Dippery
Menlo Park

The decision to abort
should be a woman’s

In response to the letter June 29 from Craig Carpenter (“Roe decision returned power to the people,” Page A6), you said the Supreme Court decision reversing Roe is good because it returns the right to decide about abortions to the states to let the people decide.

The only person who should decide whether a woman may have an abortion is the woman who is pregnant in consultation with her doctor and anyone else she chooses to involve. It should certainly not be made by a group of politicians. Most affected will be poor women in states where abortion will be banned and Medicaid was not expanded.

How quickly Republicans forget about their hysteria around the Affordable Care Act and how the government was going to come between them and their doctors.

Sharon Jackson
San Jose

Recent rulings call
for reforming court

Recent decisions of the Supreme Court on guns, abortion and the environment show that this court is a menace to the health and safety of Americans.

So long as the federal judiciary is controlled by right-wing ideologues, we can expect that this court will invalidate any meaningful legislation on gun violence, climate disruption, homelessness or any of the very serious threats that we face.

We must beseech our elected representatives to increase the number of justices on the court and limit their terms so that the power of these extremists is diluted.

William Kirkpatrick
San Jose

Push for passage
of reconciliation bill

Re. “If Biden fails on climate, it’s a white flag for planet” (Page A7, June 23):

Thanks for this update on the reconciliation bill, which still holds hope for Congress to address climate issues.

San Jose endures record temperatures, and the Arctic Circle has even reached 100 degrees. In 2021, more than 7.1 million acres of U.S. forests burned, and wildfires consumed over 2.5 million acres in California.

Congress must address the rising costs of climate change — costs in dollars, but also in lives and livelihoods destroyed by wildfire and severe weather events. Americans favor investing in the future of our climate; a survey by Ipsos/Reuters shows 66% support clean energy tax credits and incentives.

Let’s call on members of Congress — Sens. Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein, Reps. Zoe Lofgren, Anna Eshoo, Jimmy Pannetta, and Ro Khanna — to support a swift passage of the reconciliation package with strong environmental provisions.

Anna Koster
San Jose

Guessing at start of
life is shot in the dark

Liberals presume to know when life begins. Liberals criticize conservatives’ assertion that the unborn “zygote” or “fetus” is life, that it lacks scientific support.

Has science conclusively proven when life begins? If one cannot prove it one way or the other, isn’t the more logical position to take: “When in doubt, choose the safe position”?

To illustrate this, no one in his right mind would say, “I may not hit someone when I open fire in a darkened theatre, so it is OK to shoot.”

David Ng

Hearing revealed effort
to reiterate the Big Lie

The June 23 hearing by the Senate Committee on the Jan. 6 insurrection contained a bit of gallows humor — and more damaging evidence that former President Trump was intentionally lying about claims of voter fraud. (“Former officials detail Trump push to coerce DOJ,” Page A1, June 24)

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By saying that Trump should pick a final attorney general who is “a person who isn’t concerned about his reputation,” Rudy Giuliani inadvertently conceded that enlisting a new AG in Trump’s voter fraud lie would not be a career-enhancing move.

But this gaff was overshadowed by the report that Trump told the acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to “just say the election was corrupt — and let the Republicans in Congress handle the rest.” It showed Trump had no evidence of fraud. He was just trying to get another person to reiterate his Big Lie.

Debbie Mytels
Palo Alto

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We will not stand by and we will not stand down: Armed Trump supporters protest at Phoenix FBI office

Video captured by the independent media site News2Share shows supporters of former President Donald Trump armed with guns, waving confederate and American flags outside of the FBI office in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday.

"We're here in support of Trump, for what happened to him, the unlawful search with the FBI at his Mar-a-Lago home," someone at the demonstration told News2Share. "We are sick and tired of this tyrannical government called the Biden regime. We will not stand by and we will not stand down.

"We're gonna take the fight to the FBI if need be."

The latest in a string of Republican rantings, the demonstration is in response to the FBI executing a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday—an act that has led to the seizure of 11 sets of classified documents, including those related to nuclear weapons, according to The Washington Post.

Somehow though, Trump apologists still maintain the former president’s rights were violated while they go about the business of threatening the federal judge who signed the warrant and any other official they see fit to accuse without a shred of evidence of widespread election fraud.

In Gillespie County, Texas, a county about 80 miles west of Austin, elections administrator Anissa Herrera said she resigned from her work due in large part to threats she faced, according to the Fredericksburg Standard.

“After the 2020 (election), I was threatened, I’ve been stalked, I’ve been called out on social media,” Herrera told the newspaper. “And it’s just dangerous misinformation.”

\u201cElection deniers just got the entire election office of Gillespie county to resign after stalking and death threats. \n\nIDK how people there expect to register to vote or conduct fair & legal elections.\u201d — Michele \ud83c\udf2e\ud83c\udf77\ud83c\udfb8\ud83e\uddc2 (@Michele \ud83c\udf2e\ud83c\udf77\ud83c\udfb8\ud83e\uddc2) 1660433134

FBI Director Christopher Wray condemned such threats in a statement on Thursday. “Unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI erode respect for the rule of law and are a grave disservice to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others,” he said. “Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be deeply concerning to all Americans.

They are to Democrats. Many tweeted their outrage at the double standard propagated when a group of white men and women were allowed to threaten federal officials while armed.

Warning: This video contains disturbing footage of violence that may be triggering to viewers.

\u201cPhoenix FBI is still trending because the world is witnessing how America's Law Enforcement has patience for gun toting violent white supremacists, but are quick to murder Black People because they might have a gun and they might point a gun even when they don't have a gun.\u201d — NawBro (@NawBro) 1660461982

A social media user who goes by Jason V. tweeted on Sunday, that the "armed domestic terrorists" probably haven't been taken down yet "because they're not black or brown."

Shannon Watts, founder of the grassroots movement for public safety Moms Demand Action, pointed to a trend of recent violence following GOP reaction to the search of Trump’s home.

The most recent of which is a Capitol Police report that a man started firing in the air then drove his car into a vehicle barricade in a fiery crash early Sunday at East Capitol Street and Second Street.

”When our officers heard the sound of gunfire, they immediately responded and were approaching the man when he shot himself,” Capitol Police said in a news release. “Nobody else was hurt.

“At this time, it does not appear the man was targeting any Members of Congress, who are on recess, and it does not appear officers fired their weapons.”

No other injuries were reported in the incident, and investigators are still looking into the man’s background. But for many, the incident is an example of violence spiraling out of control as Republicans instigate a greater divide between Trump supporters and the rest of the country.

\u201cEarly this morning, a man drove into a barricade near the US Capitol, set his car on fire, and started shooting indiscriminately before killing himself.\n\nLast week an armed man tried to breech an Ohio FBI building, and last night armed protestors gathered at a Phoenix FBI office.\u201d — Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts) 1660484282

Regarding the protest outside of the Phoenix FBI building, Democrat Eric Smith tweeted congressional candidates of North Carolina:

“This is a Declaration of War & as such the Federal Government will be well within its rights to use all the firepower at its disposal to put these traitors down & down for good”

Majid Padellan, a blogger and influencer who goes by "Brooklyn Dad" on social media, tweeted on Sunday:

"Not a single Republican leader has called upon the armed trumpers at the Phoenix FBI to stand down. Any blood will be on their hands."

In another tweet, Padellan laid out a series of actions and statements by Trump that created the kind of climate in which his supporters would feel emboldened to threaten federal officials. "First he told domestic terrorists to ‘Stand back and stand by,’” Padellan said. “Then he refused to call the National Guard on January 6th.

“Then he wouldn't call off his armed supporters outside the Phoenix FBI. Donald trump is a pathetic, cowardly traitor."

Read the full redacted search warrant obtained for Trump’s Mara Lago home:

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