Public Comment

Letters to the Editor

Wednesday August 10, 2011 - 03:37:00 PM

More about UC Berkeley 

Dorothy Snodgrass' letter in last week's Planet lauding U.C. needs to be answered. She writes of all the wonderful programs that are offered. But these programs are becoming less accessible to middle class California residents as the University enrolls an ever increasing number of out-of-state and foreign students who are able to pay the high tuition. Furthermore the University is hardly a good partner to the city since it uses city services that it doesn't pay for and does things on their property that are not in the best interest of the city such as building a recreational facility on an earthquake fault in spite of the obvious danger and the neighborhood protests. 

Lydia Gans 

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Flunking Moral Test 

As you enter the Humphrey Building, the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, these words are written on a wall: “…the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life—the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.” Given the budget shenanigans at both the federal and state level, we are flunking this moral test. 

Ralph E. Stone 

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