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Protesters impede
badly needed housing

Re. “Clashes halt housing project,” Page A1, Aug. 4:

It appears the current group of Berkeley protesters is having an existential moment.

On the one hand, they are protesting to protect the historical significance of People’s Park, and on the other hand, protesting against the attempt to provide necessary student and affordable housing.

Apparently, the cause is just and NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) is alive and well.

I wonder what Mario Savio is thinking.

Manny Morales
San Jose

Supreme Court is
rewriting Constitution

Re. “Is California’s gun law, modeled after abortion law, constitutional?” Page A6, July 26:

Prof. Chemerinsky overlooks the blatant unconstitutionality of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 23 decision on Bruen to “allow law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs to exercise their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense.” There is no such Second Amendment right. Period.

The Second Amendment actually reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed,” and was intended, as Hamilton makes clear in Federalist 29, to avoid the United States having a large standing army, instead relying on “well-regulated state militias” such as the National Guard, which was founded in 1636.

The right-wing extremist majority of the Supreme Court is unfit for their office due to their blatant rewriting of the Constitution.

Dave Whitaker
San Jose

All should vote with
climate change in mind

I agree with Anna Novoselov (“Climate change stakes are enormous for Generation Z,” Page A6, Aug. 4) that we have clear, actionable, science-based solutions to address climate change and what we need is the political will to really get things going.

I would call on all, and especially the 18- to 30-year-olds to vote. Close elections are usually won or lost by a margin far smaller than the people who don’t vote, and the largest group of would-be voters is Generation Z.

I can understand how they can become disillusioned and think voting does not matter, but it does. If everyone had voted perhaps we would not have had a four-year delay-of-game on climate change with Donald Trump, and perhaps now we would have a clear majority vote in Congress for the climate.

So I urge all to go vote, and vote like your life (the planet) depends on it — because it does.

David Coale
Palo Alto

Democrats are finally
getting messaging right

Re. “How supporters of abortion rights won in Kansas,” Page A1, Aug. 4:

I believe the abortion rights people won in Kansas because they framed the argument as an initiative that took rights away from the people. This attracted both Republicans and Independents.

Finally, the Democrats are starting to learn that how you frame an issue makes a difference. For example, the Inflation Reduction Act includes huge expenditures for climate change and health insurance. Democrats should forget the assault weapons ban and concentrate on The Responsible Gun Owners Protection Act which would, of course, ban assault weapons.

Robert Miller
Los Gatos

Media ignores heart of
Trump’s Jan. 6 speech

I noticed that almost all Mercury News letters to the editor and editorial cartoons degrade former U.S. President Donald Trump, accusing him of inciting the Jan. 6 riot.

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In a Jan. 29 letter (“GOP must turn from path of Trump, violence,” Page A6, July 29), Chris Morrisey wrote that Trump endorsed violence and had “complete disregard for the impact of the words he used.”

Why is it that the Mercury News, and almost all other mainstream newspapers, fail to report one important sentence of Trump’s speech that was a key takeaway for me that day?

Trump said, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the capitol building, to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

Seventy-four million Trump voters heard him say that. The Mercury News disrespects readers by not reporting it.

Ronna Devincenzi
Palo Alto

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Lara Trump Says Former President Was Shocked by FBI Raid: This Should Shake You to Your Core

Former President Donald Trump was “shocked” to learn the FBI was raiding his private residence in Florida on Monday, his daughter-in-law Lara Trump said.

The former president announced early Monday evening his exclusive resort in Palm Beach was being raided by FBI agents.

“Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Donald Trump said in a statement. “Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.”

The raid was reportedly conducted on behalf of the National Archives in connection with 15 boxes Trump took with him when he left the White House. Some of the boxes allegedly contained classified information.

Cable news guests and hosts on all networks expressed their dismay when the news broke, as did many of the former president’s supporters.

Lara Trump told Fox News Monday evening how her father-in-law took the news.

Filling in for Tucker Carlson, network host Will Cain asked her, “Have you spoken to the former president, how is he doing, what is the attitude of the family?”

She responded:

I have spoken to my father-in-law. I got to tell you, you know, he’s as shocked as anybody. I think for someone – and anyone quite frankly – who loves this country, and believes in America, this should shake you to your core. What has happened today. This is a very clear demarcation in the history of America.

Never before, as many of you guests have already talked about, will, have we seen something like this happen, where an unannounced raid by the FBI is conducted on a former president of the United States. Think about this. If this is what they’re able to do to the former President of the United States, think about they could do to you, to anybody in America.

Lara Trump claimed the raid was political in nature, and said the former president is prepared to announce another bid for the White House at any moment.

Cain asked her if the former president knew about the purpose of the search. She said it is common knowledge he enjoys keeping pieces of memorabilia such as “newspaper clippings” and similar items, and that is what he took with him to Florida.

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