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real estate jargon
disguises greed

Regarding the redevelopment of Cambrian Plaza (“Cambrian Village Project Approved”, page B1, August 12), San Jose Councilwoman Pam Foley said, “It’s going to activate a space, a huge piece of land that hasn’t been activated for a long time. It really needs a dramatic refresh.

Who talks like that? Only real estate professionals could “activate” and “refresh” land. Activate is real estate for “make us a bunch of money”. Activating a lot means throwing asphalt, concrete, steel, glass, and lots of people on it and coming away with an overloaded bank account that will allow them to vacation somewhere with less activated land.

I have this radical notion that if you leave the earth in its natural state, it somehow activates into plants, trees and animals. Save us the pretty real estate jargon and give us our land back, minus your activation.

Scott Duncan
Santa Clara

Asian Americans should
respect indigenous sites

As a member of the Watsonville community, this is my appeal, especially to various Asian American communities in Santa Clara County regarding Verne Freeman’s question in his article “Mixed Conclusions on Mine Proposal”, front page the July 30. “What is the price we paid for all this?

I am from Japan from the city of Iwata, which has been Mountain View’s sister city since the 1970s. My hometown has several thousand years of history with spiritual ceremonies and festivals similar to those in many countries. from East Asia. Our ancestors did not commit horrible atrocities against the natives here in California like the whites and Mexicans did. But I believe we have a responsibility to respect the religion of indigenous peoples and help them protect their sacred places like Juristac.

Let’s talk about this important issue for all of us.

Takashi Mizuno

The governors failed
drive on water

Our Governor Gavin Newsom is good at talking but does nothing when it comes to our state’s need to store more water in new reservoirs or in underground aquifers.

We the citizens passed a bond issue in 2004 to spend billions to build two new reservoirs and upgrade the current reservoirs.

But Governor Jerry Brown, Newsom, and our legislature have accomplished nothing since 2004. And that’s because of the failure of our two governors to lead and push our legislature and our state agencies.

Our lack of winter rain and snow will be permanent as global warming has warmed the Pacific Ocean, which is influencing our climate, and will continue for decades.

Eventually, the only answer will be to build water pipes from the mouth of the Columbia River to the Shasta and Oroville reservoirs.

And that will require federal legislation. Otherwise, our future is a desert.

Brian McCormick
San Jose

To save water, fallow
almond orchards

We all know almonds use a lot of water to grow, 1.1 gallons per almond. What you may not know is that 70% of California almonds are exported. We are in a severe drought, so why are we exporting our water?

It seems to me that one of the simplest and most ecological things one can do is to buy the almond orchards. No expensive and energy-intensive desalination, no new dams flooding open spaces. Just buy almond orchards and then leave them fallow. Seems simple enough to me.

Guillaume Ortendahl
Santa Clara

Join Iran’s nuclear weapon
critical agreement for the United States

Re. “Some Optimism for Iran Nuclear Deal Emerges”, page A4, August 17:

As an Iranian-American computer scientist, I care about diplomacy with Iran.

Because of my personal experience of living through war, eight years of the Iran-Iraq war and then witnessing other devastating wars, I believe that we, the whole world, should do everything possible to prevent wars, through diplomacy, and building trust and international cooperation. and the comprehension.

Joining the nuclear deal would be a clear demonstration that the United States is ready to turn away from past foreign policy failures and instead is determined to rebuild its credibility on the world stage. It would show that we are still capable of solving pressing global issues through diplomacy. It has never been more urgent.

Omid Madani
San Carlos

Energy transfer
savings for children

Re. “New law offers energy savings”, page A1, August 18:

I would like to take advantage of the excellent possibilities for price savings offered by the provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act, but I cannot because they only apply to people with significant taxable income. Being long retired, I no longer owe the IRS enough each year to qualify.

Suggestion: allow all tax credits earned to be legally transferred within a family. We now have three grandchildren in college and transferring my potential tax savings would go a long way toward paying tuition while helping save the planet.

Ron Johnston
Santa Clara

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