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Howard Terminal plans is about real estate

The Howard Terminal Stadium deal isn’t about keeping A’s Baseball Club in Oakland. It’s a real estate business plain and simple.

The owners of the A are holding the last ball team hostage in exchange for their own privatized, high-rise luxury village enclave on land currently in full use by the Port of Oakland.

The often-sung slogan “Bigger than Baseball” correctly describes the ruse that the baseball stadium is exploiting for a gigantic real estate coup de gras. In Oakland Councilor Loren Taylor’s own words, “I see Howard Terminal as a real estate transaction deal. Only 10% has to do with a ballpark.”

Oakland City Council must separate and erect the Fischer Luxury Village from the stadium. Then see if the owners still want to keep the A’s in Oakland.

Cynthia Billings RoanOakland

Rodeo events are for profit, not history

Re: “Proposed ban on wild cow milking threatens rodeos,” page A1, Aug. 14, and “Animal rights activists are asking too much,” page A6, Aug. 19)

The author seems unrealistic. She cites a four-year-old 2018 Gallup poll that found only 5% of Americans are vegetarian. This percentage is growing rapidly every year.

She also doesn’t realize that most of the meat consumers buy today comes from factory farming. Most hamburgers come from retired dairy cows in the factory that can no longer produce milk. There’s no roping and riding, bronco busting, or wild cow milking, or the need for ratchet straps on factory farms. And when it comes to preserving the skills of the ranchers of the past, there never was the milking of wild cows or the need for ratchet straps that were part of the rancher’s work.

These events that take place at a rodeo today are for entertainment and profit purposes only.

Kathy Gleasonunity

Prop. 30 will drive out more taxpayers

Regarding. “California Loses Key High-Income Taxpayers,” Page A12, August 21:

As the old saying goes, and as Dan Walters rightly pointed out in a recent column, the more you tax something, the less you get of it. For California, that means fewer of the high earners who contribute the majority of the state’s discretionary revenues. Some are leaving the country, spurred in part by California’s highest income tax rate in the country. And it gets worse with Proposition 30, a disastrous move in November’s election that would further increase taxes on the wealthy.

Ride-hailing company Lyft is pushing Proposition 30 in a cynical, self-serving campaign that does Californians no good and only hurts our competitiveness. With a record budget, large surpluses, and massive reserves, California doesn’t need higher taxes. What we need are solutions to problems like housing, homelessness and crime that are shrinking our populations, affecting low-income and vulnerable populations, and reducing economic opportunity. Voters should reject Proposition 30.

Jim WundermanPleasant Hill

Congress should restore the expanded child tax credit

When Americans file their taxes, it’s important to remember how important the Extended Child Tax Credit (CTC) was to children and families.

According to a Brookings Institution study, the 2021 changes to the CTC had a profound impact. Child poverty fell by 40%. CTC recipients lived healthier lives, invested more in their children’s education, and were less likely to need payday loans. Families spent their CTC payments on rent, food and clothing for their children – the same expenses we all incur.

However, some lawmakers have halted an extension of CTC payments. As a result, 3.7 million children fell below the poverty line in January. And 1.4 million CTC households have left their jobs because they can no longer afford childcare.

I call on Congress to extend the CTC with permanent full refunds and resume monthly payments immediately.

John Odasan francisco

Fight inflation, lower taxes, vote conservatively

If you vote this November, don’t forget which party passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which will increase government spending and tax breaks by $485 billion. History teaches us that the government should do exactly the opposite to reduce inflation.

If you’re tired of paying high gas and food prices, vote for a conservative who will cut government spending and lower your taxes.

James TaskerMoraga

If democracy is at stake, vote for Democrat

The differences between the Democratic and Republican parties are becoming clearer every day.

Republicans want to impose the negative with such general statements as “We’re lost.” They continue to claim that the sky is falling. But the reality is that they don’t have any positive solutions to improve or fix anything. “Reducing the federal debt” or “lowering taxes” will not work out well for the average American. In fact, such talk is likely to lead to more attempts to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits.

On the other hand, Democrats passed the Anti-Inflation Act, which adds thousands of new IRS officials who will leave after collecting the $1 trillion annual “tax gap” from those who don’t pay the taxes they should . Democrats also emphasize that “democracy is on the ballot.”

The best choice in November will be to vote for the Democrats.

George FulmoreEmeryville

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