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ADA needs fixes
to save businesses

Re. “Dozens of Peninsula businesses sued regarding disability access,” Page B1, Aug. 17:

If ever the phrase “The law is an ass” were to describe a legal edict, California’s enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act would be the poster child. It has allowed a vexatious litigant to profit mightily while destroying businesses that serve the general public.

I do not blame the litigant who is acting under the law. I blame the legislators who enable, indeed encourage, such destruction. If the intent of the law is to provide equal access, there should be a provision for business owners to make modifications rather than to punitively shut them down.

“Gotcha” laws like this do not breed justice. They only breed contempt.

Kathryn Tomaino
Los Altos

Recall offers chance
to prod Dems on climate

It appears that Democrats environmental voters will faithfully vote no on the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom. I have yet to see any ads that reference key issues like climate change or water.

Most of our recent governors talked about the environment, claimed the mantle of climate advocate, but never followed through with action. Both Newsom and his predecessor, Jerry Brown, talked about ending fossil fuel use, but drilling and fracking expanded under their administrations. It is hard to find a difference with Gov. Arnold  Schwarzenegger on this.

Change will not come until Democrats realize that they could lose the election. No, I don’t want to see John Cox or Larry Elder in Sacramento. I will vote no on the recall. But I will vote for Green Party candidate Dan Kapelovitz on the second question. It is time to let Democrats know that environmental voters are tired of empty words and no action.

Wesley Rolleh
Morgan Hill

Afghanistan further
proof of war’s waste

The collapse of Afghanistan is evidence of an incredible waste of lives and resources that could have been saved if a president had simply admitted to the truth of the situation on the ground.

It was hopeless to impose a democratic government on the Afghans. What might have happened, if instead of spending trillions of dollars on a bloody war, we had invested in the country’s infrastructure or if we had contributed in a way that the Taliban would have approved of?

May we learn from this what we should have learned from other modern wars. Peace and cooperation are more effective influences on countries than destruction and bloodshed.

Paul Boehm
San Jose

Withdrawal is right;
abandoning allies isn’t

Re. “Bay Area Afghans fearful for friends, family in Afghanistan,” Page A1, Aug. 17:

The people advising President Biden on foreign policy are doing an awful job.

Withdrawing from Afghanistan was right; withdrawing in August was right. Yet there are many small decisions in these hours and days where the president is making terrible mistakes. President Biden is right we can’t help a nation that doesn’t want to be helped our way. But we can save the thousands of Afghani people who have given their hearts and lives to work with America, and Biden’s speech should have shown our resolve to save them. What hope do people like interpreter and commando Mohammad Iqbal Nuristani have when the president could not even spare a few words for them?

American soldiers knew from the start we shouldn’t be in Afghanistan, and they know at the end that leaving doesn’t mean leaving behind the Afghani people that served with, and saved, Americans over the last 20 years.

Christopher Chiang
Mountain View

Universal connection fee
will make PG&E bills fair

Max Steinke apparently doesn’t understand how net metering works (“Two-meter system could fix PG&E net metering,” Page A6, Aug. 17).



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