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The A-6 Intruder is an attack plane and not a fighter plane. (“The History of the Encinal Jet,” May 25). The U.S. Navy used “F” for fighter and “A” for attack planes. When the A-6 Intruder was introduced into service the only plane carrying a higher payload was the Air Force’s B-52 Stratofortess.

I was also surprised to see no mention of National Maritime Day which is May 22 of each year. This was instituted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to recognize the contributions of the nation’s Merchant Mariners.

Stephen A. Palmer


In response to (“AUSD Might Put $180 Million Bond before Voters” May 22,), recently I met a college student at Cal State Hayward who was born and raised in Oakland.  However, she did her entire public schooling in Alameda, including Frank Otis Elementary School, an Alameda charter school since closed, and then Encinal High School.

I had heard that this is fairly common. She said that Encinal High School openly does this, permits children from Oakland to go to Encinal High School.

So, is it a good idea for Alameda homeowners to have their property taxes continually increased to pay for public schools that are educating children that live in cities outside of Alameda?

Kevin Barrett

In science, there is no such thing as “settled” science (“We Must Act Now on Climate Change,” May 15). The whole scientific process calls for the constant re-examination and testing of theory to produce better science, not to conclude it or establish “facts.” 

When you have any theory that relies on finding evidence to support the theory, but ignores evidence contrary to the theory, it is not science. 

If global warming was fact, scientists would not have to fabricate data, conceal contradictory data and conspire with one another to promote their agenda. 

No one is arguing that we shouldn’t strive to limit pollution as a society, but when you use flawed theories and scare tactics, you take credibility away from what could be a credible effort. Improve the environment through education, not scare tactics. 

The only “fact” that I see in this ongoing discussion is that global warming theorists are getting frustrated that they can’t convince others to follow their agenda.


Martin Long