The eviction crisis may have a negative impact on the vote


Regarding “Tenants struggle to tap relief funds” (Homepage, August 5): One aspect of the looming eviction crisis that has received little attention is the potential effect on access to the vote.

Renters and low-income landlords who are relocated with nowhere to go are unlikely to consider registering to vote at a new address as their top priority, even assuming they have a new address. Who does it benefit from? The party that works to put up voting barriers for people who might oppose their platform of bowing to the rich and attacking immigrants and people of color.

Fran Taylor, San Francisco

Decision overturned

On “CDC Issues New Moratorium on Deportations After Dem’s Backlash” (August 4): Thank you to Representatives Cori Bush and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for pushing the White House to do the right thing and back down. decision to allow landlords to evict people. the street. While the legality of the ban may be an issue, with billions of dollars in rent relief unspent, morality is not. States will now have more time to release funds and Congress to pass supporting legislation. Tens of thousands more homeless on the streets are the last thing we need.

Tom Miller, Oakland

PG&E should pay

“Shareholders should share the cost of the basement” (Letters, August 5) is half right. If you rent a house and the roof is bad, does the tenant share the cost of the repair? Investors in Pacific Gas and Electric Co. own a stake in a corrupt company whose negligence has claimed many victims. PG&E and its shareholders should pay to move their power lines underground because it is not only a good investment, but it is the right thing to do and it will save lives. If not, take this mismanaged utility back and update it.

James Masciandaro, San Bruno

Historic racist past

Regarding “No, Critical Race Theory Does Not Teach Hate” (Open Forum, August 4): After reading the poignant personal experiences of Stephen Richter, one may wonder why teaching critical race theory? race has become such a “bane to conservatives.” “One key reason, as impolitic as it is to cite: the very religious core of conservatism is championing the whitewashing of Christianity’s racist past. These pious souls don’t want school children to learn how faith-based racism prevailed. for so long.

Examples abound: The Klu Klux Klan ceremoniously lynched blacks in the mid-20th century, beginning these atrocities with Christian prayers. Mormon theology denied blacks the secular priesthood until 1978. Bob Jones University banned interracial dating until 2000. Conservatives agree that schoolchildren have been forced since 1954 to recite “under God” in the daily oath allegiance, but don’t want them to. learn about the abject racist history of religion. Any concerns about CRT causing cognitive dissonance in classrooms are balanced by Richter’s appropriate view: “Our children deserve the truth. They must learn to deal with the truth, otherwise they will repeat our worst mistakes, “lest we forget.”

Gary Dolgin, Santa Monica

olympic cannonball

My favorite dive is “Cannonball! I would love to see him played at the Olympics. The biggest splash wins.

Mary DeRose, Millbrae

Powerful weapons

Regarding “Tension over gun ban is escalating” (Front Page, August 2): I found Abhinanda Bhattacharyya’s article very informative, but I also wondered how assault have become part of civilian gun culture. Why do those involved in “sport shooting” need large capacity magazines that can be quickly changed? Why do hunters need these features? Don’t we as sophisticated humans have a slight advantage over the animals we hunt? I grew up in a “hunting family” in the East, some of whom used bows and arrows to hunt deer. Now it’s real sport.

Gail Husson, San Leandro


Helen L. Cuellar

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