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shoreline project good
for the coast, environment

again. “Santa Cruz County Beach Living Coastline Project Begins,” February 22:

I loved this article about building a living shoreline in Santa Cruz.

I grew up in the Bay Area and often visit Santa Cruz County beaches with my family. It is important to preserve such an established coastline that we as a community have turned to our uses as well as promoting, protecting and restoring the environment. Sea walls and piers can be great temporary solutions, but given the unfortunate circumstances of sea level rise due to climate change, a live shoreline is clearly better suited.

Living coastlines strengthen the shoreline, better protect the coastline from erosion, promote wildlife rehabilitation, and better protect the coastline and mainland from harsh weather events. The added benefits of doing so will certainly preserve the shoreline for years to come.

Evan Brown
Austin, Texas

For safety, get
tough on criminals

Dan Walters is right in his April 7 op-ed (“Sacramento Shooting Spotlights Failure of State’s Gun Bans,” p. A6). The only thing that can stop the Sacramento shooting tragedy is keeping convicted criminals in prison.

Politicians advocating for Second Amendment restrictions are only working to get re-elected. These tragic incidents could have been prevented if they had paid more attention to the facts.

Thomas Baker
San Jose

boycotting countries
Will not condemn Putin

Vladimir Putin is backed by China and India, whose leaders are clearly on standby and refuse to single out Putin’s serious war crimes. We in the United States have the economic power to effect change. Just skip buying anything partially or wholly made in those two countries (or any others that refuse to condemn Putin).

After a few container ships or planes turned around and carried their blood-stained cargo back home, the attitudes of the leaders of those countries would change rapidly. You don’t need that iPhone or flat screen TV right now. Just put it off for six months. Save civilian lives in Ukraine. Help maintain democracy in a country where every citizen is taking up arms to fight for his faith. We can make a difference even when our politicians are too shy to act.

stanley gauge
Portola Valley

Fox host, Putin shares
unpleasant qualities

Tucker Carlson and Vladimir Putin are two peas in a pod.

Both are most seen in their respective countries. Both rely on propaganda, propaganda and big lies. Both promote conspiracy theories. Both are out to destroy their perceived enemies. Both care more about power than citizens. Both must exercise control over their followers.

The Russian people can say little about control. Americans can say a lot through our wallets. Boycott Fox News. Boycott their sponsors. Restore honest journalism.

The Big Lie resulted in a rebellion. The relentless big lie is eventually believed and will end democracy as we know it

Patricia Andrews
San Jose

the world should tighten up
sanctions on russia

Buka reveals the horrific war crimes committed by Russia. The stick and carrot approach to restrictions is not effective. The time has come to lift all possible sanctions on Russia instead of threatening to do more.

The West is afraid of starting a nuclear war with Russia. But what if Russia threatens nuclear retaliation if NATO does not lift all sanctions? It can happen at any time under Putin.

What will it take for Russia to pay for the destruction of human and property? What if “page two” is for Russia to test the invasion of the next NATO country? The only way to stop this war is to set Putin’s feet on fire. When he threatens to use his nuclear arsenal he takes everything we can throw at him immediately and stands strong. Sooner or later the same thing is going to happen.

al miller
San Jose

Cries right then ‘wake up’
they can dodge the facts

I’m not sure what the latest political term “wake up” means, but I do know that rights often use the term when they are caught doing or saying something racist. for example,

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