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Don’t let the garbage collectors
set your own terms

One wonders why Bay Area cities allow garbage collectors to dictate what they will and will not recycle.

It seems that the Association of Bay Area Governments, ABAG, should have enough power to dictate terms to all carriers in the area and not the other way around. If that were done, all plastic would be diverted from landfills and shippers would have to work together to establish recycling for all types of plastic.

karen onken
Fremont

solar stays low
threat by CPUC plan

Home solar power is again at serious risk of being throttled by the California Public Utilities Commission. The new NEM3 proposal, only slightly less horrible than the old one, will do away with most new rooftop solar installations instead of all.

PG&E’s “cost shift” campaign works to divide and conquer us, while they pressure the CPUC to stifle our solar power to preserve their monopoly. Instead, the CPUC should RISE UP by committing to Solar On All Roofs, where our cleanest, cheapest, safest, most reliable and best source of energy belongs.

Governor Newsom named five of the CPUC’s six commissioners, including Chairman Alice Reynolds, who was assigned the NEM3 proposal. Whether they max out our rooftop solar or decimate it when we need it most, it will soon become Newsom’s brilliant or ignorant legacy.

Doug McKenzie
berkeley

Difficult decisions could
save BART, transit

I have ridden BART since it opened in the late 60’s and have seen it go downhill. It’s expensive, dirty, troublesome and, ultimately, dangerous. Many may have stopped traveling, but that is not the main cause of the loss of passengers. Fixing it requires tough decisions, but it will solve the problem.

I have studied transit in other places and I have seen that what does not work must be changed.

• Privatize it. Unions are not accountable to the public and want too much. The train doesn’t really need drivers, and the police don’t need cars. Costs will be reduced if run as a business. Automate.

• Clean up the problems. Focus on ridding the cars of strays and creeps. This would require legal changes, but crime is a major factor in driving people away.

• Stop raising the parking fee. We can’t always walk to a station and the bus service is erratic.

Denise Calm
walnut creek

The only thing left
the same is the change

Mike Heller laments in his letter of November 16 that times have changed and remembers the good old days. The old days of his sound exceptionally nice, though I suspect he views them through rose-colored glasses.

I suspect that Mike was not raised as an African American in a poorer neighborhood because the practice of redlining had prevented his family from living elsewhere.

I suspect Mike didn’t grow up gay and didn’t have to hide it for fear of being ostracized or beaten up.

I suspect Mike didn’t grow up as a woman, trying to compete in a man’s world and getting a lower salary and less chance for promotion no matter how talented she was.

The old days are gone. Those were good old days for some, and not for others. It has always been like this. The only thing that stays the same is that everything changes.

kevin allen
brentwood

two bills could
help millions

Congress still has a chance to make significant progress in the fight against poverty this year. The first is through the expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC). In 2021, the CTC helped reduce child poverty by 46%. Congress let it expire, and child poverty rose again. CTC reset with

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