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assembly will look and
find zip on gas prices

again. “Assembly to check high gas prices” (page A1, June 21):

In the spirit of Johnny Carson’s Carnack, I will now predict the outcome of the latest assembly effort:

Oil companies will not be found complicit on prices and there will be no indication of anti-competitive activities or pricing.

Once again, the best and brightest people will leave scratching their heads or, worse, with the knowledge of how the system is structured that they may or may not explain to consumers. I think his narrow questioning misses the bigger picture.

I believe that high prices built into the system, such as maintenance and change-over schedules, are not related to production options or a narrowly formulated definition of downstream costs that are within the producers’ control.

No one is to blame because maintenance and change have to happen. That they interrupt the supply is an unfortunate but inevitable side effect.

Chris Brown

article misses the point
of recall election

Retired Judge Eugene M. Hyman’s remarks of June 21 (“Why San Francisco’s Removal of DA Boudin is Upsetting,” page A8), that the removal of DA Boudin is troubling, misses the point.

Hyman implied that the people “joyfully” pursued a return and attempted to reverse a legitimate election. No one was happy that a recall became necessary. Everyone would have liked that Boudin would have acted differently as DA and set a tone that was more responsive to the citizens of San Francisco.

To suggest that a recall is an attempt to reverse a misrepresentation of a valid election and unnecessarily misrepresents the purpose of a recall election. A public official who refuses to fulfill the will of the people should not be allowed to continue in office. Should voters resign themselves to suffering with a public official who refuses to answer their needs, but rather follows their own personal agenda? No.

Douglas Abbott
union city

battle numbered shows
fossil fuel days

The war in Ukraine underscores an already dire need for humanity to end its consumption of fossil fuels. According to RMI, more than 60% of US households still use fossil fuels as their heat source, despite a healthier, cheaper and more efficient alternative – heat pumps.

Virginia’s mild winters allow heat pumps to deliver up to 5 units of heat energy per unit of electricity consumption, saving you money over time. However, a major obstacle to installing a heat pump is the upfront cost. Fortunately, the proposed Congress where And Heat The bill would reduce prohibitive upfront costs by providing discounts of up to $14,000 and increasing production of these machines.

If you value efficient heating, clean air and water, and a more stable climate, but find the upfront costs alarming, consider calling on your senators and congressmen to support these bills.

Kevin Cianfarini

permissible drug policy
have serious consequences

In 2020 Oregon voters approved a first nation measure to decriminalize possession of small amounts of hard drugs, including fentanyl. Those found in possession only face the equivalent of a traffic ticket, and no fines if they call the drug helpline.

Now that the data is available for the full year 2021, the estimated results are becoming known. Only a handful called the helpline, but the number of drug overdose deaths was 656An increase of 39% compared to 2020. In Portland, Oregon’s largest city, there were 90 murders in 2021, a record high, the sheriff Note gang turf wars as well as a sharp increase in murders tied to property crimes.

More proof that well-intentioned but nave voters do more harm than good.

mike heller
Walnut Creek

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