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Gamble Garden rises
at the top of public spaces
D. âGreen therapyâ, page F7, September 12:
A volunteer friend of Filoli gave me the little article mentioning Gamble Garden and Filoli.
As a former Filoli volunteer for over 30 years, I agree with the article on Gamble Garden. Filoli has lost its charm; the gardens and the lawn are definitely not what they used to be. It’s nice.
Gamble’s little garden is well maintained by volunteers. It will never be what the Filoli garden used to be, but they are much more beautiful today.
The mismanagement of Democrats
harms our condition
While The Mercury News reports the increase in California “bluing” (“Our Seismic Political Change”, page A1, September 19), some things are being left out.
After decades of Democratic mismanagement, our big cities are crime-infested sewers, homelessness is rampant, school test scores are nearing the bottom of the nation, energy and water are becoming scarce due to lack long-term planning and âgreenâ ideology.
If this continues, California will be a third world country. No wonder people and businesses are leaving.
Body autonomy is
a fundamental human right
Did you know that a hospital is not allowed to draw your blood for a blood transfusion without your full consent?
The concept of bodily autonomy is a fundamental human right and a fundamental ethical principle among health professionals. Adoption requires a minimum age of 21 years or more due to the belief that any previous age is considered unfit to raise a child. If so, why do Texas officials think it is fair that all women be forced to carry a child to term?
If pregnancy is the problem, then there should be more education on the topics of birth control and sex education instead of violating basic human rights.
Davis sounds science with
Victor Davis Hanson continues to spread misinformation about the COVID vaccine (âAmerica will not benefit from the death of science,â page A7, September 17).
He falsely claims: âWe now know from the data that a previous case of COVID-19 offers immunity as strong as a vaccination. Â»The antibody response from a previous infection is weaker and does not last as long as the antibody response produced by the vaccine. This kind of misinformation can literally kill people. See this link for a good explanation of the current science: Everyone should be vaccinated, whether or not they’ve had COVID before. Getting vaccinated after an infection will more than halve your chances of re-infection.
We are fortunate to have several very effective and safe vaccines. The pandemic will continue until a significant portion of the population is vaccinated. The vaccine is much, much safer than having COVID.
Congress should measure up
following the example of the speakers of September 11
Watch the ’60 Minute’ account of 9/11 and listen to the brave firefighters as they rushed towards danger and death because, as many of them subsequently said, “It’s my duty ; I have taken the oath, âI thought to Congress.
âAmerica was built on courage,â said Harry Truman. Congress, follow the example of these serious and gracious firefighters, their righteousness, their incorruptibility. Dig deep into your moral fiber, like those brave men did that day. Find your courage. Rise above politics and re-elections and do your duty. Adopt legislation on the right to vote. Your constituents want you to deliver a better, more inclusive democracy. Pass President Biden’s two infrastructure bills and a family and jobs bill that will bring health, education, security, and a great, bold and brash America.
If you ever listen to the bugle of your people, listen to it now. You have taken an oath.
In Trump’s day
ridiculous seems routine
Regarding Marc Thiessen’s September 19 column (“General Mark Milley has an explanation to give”, page A17) criticizing General Milley, he says: “The idea that Trump would start nuclear war is ludicrous.” Has Thiessen met with President Trump?
At one point, it would have been ludicrous to think that a sitting US president could lose his candidacy for re-election by 7 million votes, yet claim, without any proof, that he actually won.
After the past five years, it seems the words ridiculous and Trump are synonymous.
Milley’s call to China
well in his competence
D. “Milley shows that new rules are needed to start nuclear war”, page A7, September 21:
When it comes to civilian control over the military, Congress is part of that civilian control, and President Trump had no Congressional authority to start armed conflict with China.
Regarding insubordination or violation of the chain of command, no operational order had yet been issued regarding an attack. The actions envisaged by General Milley concerned communications, which fell within his job description and discretion.