That's a Heck of a Lot of Lunch
Thanks to the Bohemian and Emily Hunt for her article ("Small Bites—Low Income Lunch," June 29). While the Redwood Empire Food Bank does not feed 29,000 children over the summer, we do make lunch possible for any of the 29,000 children who rely on their school's free or reduced-cost lunch during the academic year. This summer, the REFB will distribute over 96,000 lunches at 42 sites throughout Sonoma County. For information on how someone 18 and under can access a free summer lunch, call the Redwood Empire Food Bank at 707.523.7900, or dial 211.
Communications Coordinator, REFB
No More Rights
Johannes Mehserle's defense for killing Oscar Grant was that he'd pulled his pistol instead of his Taser. Video of the incident showed Oscar Grant to be face-down and under control. He wasn't struggling. Why did Meherle reach for either weapon? To stop Grant from talking?
Increasingly, Tasers are being used to enforce respect rather than as an alternative to deadly force. It is not the role of the police to administer justice. Their role is to maintain order and protect the rights of the people, but never the former at the expense of the latter. The Constitution guarantees free speech. That means if I create a disturbance, get loud and whatnot, I can expect to be arrested. But it's my right to talk about it all the way to jail without being brutalized or, in this case, murdered for it.
We've lost our right to privacy from illegal search and seizure and unlawful detainment. I could go on, but I'm having trouble remembering anything that hasn't been eliminated from our rights enumerated constitutionally! When people use the insipid logic that those of us killing and dying in foreign wars are "fighting for our freedom," I really have to wonder what it is they are talking about. Since the coup de 2000, we seem to be increasingly defending a fascist police state.
I rather hope for Oscar Grant's family's sake and his now fatherless child's sake that Mehserle remembers their loss every day and the price they've paid for his childish loss of temper. I mourn his loss and the death of our shared illusions of freedom.
J. T. Younger
The fabric of society
is ripping the seams
Sub-prime market swindlers
destroyed American dreams.
While our lives become more threadbare
with every Wall Street excess
Pollyanna meets Doubting Thomas
along the Main Street of distress.
have wrecked your credit score
And that wolf at your front door
just had puppies on your floor.
Our moral compass is broken
compassion all but lost
Leading success rates of failures
while the weak pay the cost.
Joe Sixpack drinks debt death brew
suffering the pains of poverty
Choking on the bitter dregs and
toasting our mutual future misery.
The lunatic fringe feral government
drove a big rig down a dead-end street
With corporate personhood at the wheel
Constitution's trampled under feet.
Jails and shelters overflowing
In the north and in the south
National debt keeps on growing
like rhetoric from a lipstick mouth.
Middle-class, Middle America
who haven't a dime to spare
Will meet for Sunday dinner
on the corner of Futility and Despair.
Tycoon capitalist overlords
are buying property on Easy Street
While good folks in bad times
find it harder to make ends meet.
Sharon Lewis Campbell