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I am writing to talk about Donald Trump. I think Trump should at the minimum be put in jail and at the maximum he should get the death penalty because he caused a riot which caused several deaths; (murder). Just because Trump was president does not put him above the law.

Trump never should have been our president. He did a lot of damage. I did not vote for Trump and I am a republican. I will remain a republican but always vote for the best man for the job no matter their party.

Thank you for listening.

— Mary Cronin

Driving by Encinal High School last week, I spotted the hulk of the totaled late model Tesla, since reported by the Alameda Sun).

The wreck was in that crazy maze where five streets converge directly across from the high school. Skid marks were everywhere.

I got out. Chatted with the dazed and bewildered owner. Two kids drag racing down Central Avenue had plowed into him. The Tesla was junk. Meanwhile a bell rang, and kids started filtering out of school.

In the street a traffic guard stood in the crosswalk, sign in hand, stopping commuters. Then I noticed something odd.

There were dozens of children riding home with no bicycle helmets. California law is clear. Anyone under 18 must wear a bike helmet. There’s a $25 fine if they don’t and the school administration is responsible to see that they do.

With my phone, I captured photos of around 45 kids leaving school grounds without helmets. But even worse, some were riding through the crosswalk two feet from the guard without her so much as batting an eye.

Fortunately, we have a new member on the board of education, Ryan LaLonde. LaLonde is currently the Alameda County’s District Attorney’s Director of Communications.

I know the wheels of justice turn slowly. However, in this case, pray they speed up.

— Jan Sutter

I read with interest Brian Kenny’s editorial <a href="https://alamedasun.com/news/people-overseas-much-more-reasonable-about-f...“People Overseas Much More Reasonable about Firearms.”</a> He remarks that the people in South Korea don’t experience the shootings we do in the U.S. He concludes it must be the number of guns we have.

I believe neither he nor I could shoot someone even if we owned a gun. Only morally bankrupt people can shoot someone.

So, I ask “why do we have so many morally bankrupt people?” Is it government policies that encourage and promote and subsidize amoral attitudes? Or our failure to enforce laws?

We look the other way when someone breaks into a car because no one will prosecute that person. Ditto when someone steals stuff from stores.

Is it perhaps because of a failure of the religious institutions or school system? Or could it be the advancement of science has led to an exodus from religious institutions with nothing to replace the concepts of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” or “love thy neighbor”?

He remarks that the cities are clean and there are virtually no people living on the streets in South Korea. I ask, “what is their method of achieving this?” I don’t relate a lack of homeless and clean streets with a lack of guns. I think believing that guns are the problem will not lead to real solutions. It would have been much more helpful if he detailed their method of dealing with the homeless.

We need to figure out why there are so many morally bankrupt people and what to do about the homeless situation.

— Peter Muzio