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Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 19:11


Sitting Ordinance dehumanizing

Editor—Growing up in and around Berkeley, I’ve always known it as a liberal and open minded place. This means that homeless people and anyone can sit on the sidewalk or in People’s Park at any time without being bothered by the law.

This new ordinance to ban sitting on the sidewalks in my opinion is wrong. I don’t think that homeless people really deter people from shopping in places like Telegraph.

When you go to Berkeley you know what you’re getting into with all the history and culture. It adds to the experience.

I’ve had many wonderful conversations with homeless people and made good friends with people who hang around the Berkeley/Telegraph area. I’ve never had a bad experience with any of the people sitting in Berkeley.

All this ordinance is doing is trying to dehumanize these people and make them out to be hooligans.

In Byers’ column, he mentioned that it’s a ‘time-honored tradition in urban centers,” and I couldn’t agree more. I don’t want my children knowing Telegraph as a high end shopping center—I want them to know it as I know it. It is a place where people go and where homeless people can go and feel safe.

Patrick Ranahan


Prop 30 article deciding factor

Editor—In the latest edition of the Laney Tower, Henry Hollaway covered a topic that has not been discussed enough: Proposition 30. An attempt to inject funding, or rather avert further cutting, to the education system, Prop 30 is a critical issue this election.

I was glad to see the Laney Tower article on it. It is important that schools ensure that students can both exercise their ability to vote and know what they are voting for.

Except for a handful of television commercials and street signs, I knew little about the subject. Due to the bias of television commercials, and the lack of information on street signs, I was unsure of which way to vote. Having a member of Laney College explain Prop 30, and how it affected me, was a key factor in helping me decide how to vote.

Zane Aitken


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