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College experience
is below tuition

University tuition is far too expensive for the experience students are receiving during a pandemic.

The “college experience” was something my parents always encouraged my sister and me to have. I started my freshman year in the pre-COVID era, and during that time, I felt like I was getting the “college experience” my parents wanted for me. There was an energy on campus, and I felt like there was always something going on. I felt like I was introduced to a whole new world, and I really enjoyed it.

Unfortunately, when COVID arrived, everything went online and the experience completely changed. Classes turned into Zoom conferences and the buzz on campus was replaced by an empty campus.

The tuition fees students pay do not match the “experience” they gain, and we have to fight to bring the prices down.

Mason Tsang
Castro Valley

Trump spoke but
Biden delivers on oil

Letter Writer Claims (“Back-to-Trump Policies Would Reduce Inflation,” Letters to the Editor, Page A6, March 15) Donald Trump’s pro-oil policies would have kept us out of the crisis current energy if only they had not done so. been reversed.

This ignores the fact that the price of oil is set in a global market and that what happens in the United States has a limited impact. Even with world prices at stratospheric levels, US frackers are holding back. The two examples in the letter wouldn’t make a difference either. When the ANWR (Arctic Refuge) leases go up for sale in January 2021, no big oil companies make an offer. And the Keystone XL pipeline would have added new capacity, but much of its oil would come from US sources, not new imports. And get this: Joe Biden’s new drilling permits are get ahead of Trump.

Trump was all about headlines and no following. Biden delivers.

Greg Linden
Oakland

Congress can tank
Russia’s oil economy

The US Congress is expected to pass the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, HR 2307because it would ultimately end Vladimir Putin’s main source of income and Russia’s fossil fuel-based economy.

The bill would impose a gradually increasing “carbon tax” on fossil fuels at the mine, pit or port of entry, then return the revenue collected to each legal adult resident and each child in equal monthly installments.

The carbon tax would be added to the price of fossil fuels and this tax would be offset by dividend payments.

Gradually increasing the carbon tax and dividend payments would encourage Americans to switch to carbon-free energy and electric vehicles. People who conserve and use less fossil fuels would have additional income through the carbon dividend. Spending dividend payments would stimulate economic growth.

Lower emissions would most importantly lower global temperatures and begin to restore our delicately balanced and life-supporting environment.

Mark Altgelt
Vallejo

The columns are missing
on the facts, the quality

I hope Marc A. Thiessen pays you a lot of money to print his editorials, such as “President Biden’s War on Fossil Fuels Empowered Putin(Page A13, February 27) which are only insinuations and disinformation.

If the East Bay Times wants to present our communities with opposing points of view, why not choose a columnist with integrity – someone who uses factual information and statements? Thiessen relies solely on conservative opinion, not the truth. I believe you have a problem with quality control.

Janet Clark
nice hill

Ukraine’s letter is fake
on NATO, equivalences

D. “Putting Ukraine all the blame on Russia is too simple,” Letters to the Editor, page A6, March 4:

What is too simplistic to be factual is Robert Sinuhe’s understanding of current events. Russia is not “surrounded” by NATO, or any other hostile alliance.

The situations involving Syria and Iraq are both totally different from today’s war. Any attempt then to equate American action with that of Russia fails miserably. The writer joins RT and other Russian apologists rationalizing the angst caused solely by Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

In printing Sinuhe’s letter, however, the newspaper ensured that he would follow the instructions he had provided in his first sentence. (“The problem with this newspaper is that it prints the opinions of the uninformed.”)

R. Cote
Castro Valley

No precedent
keep justice at bay

Why is it so difficult to set a precedent? Because there is no precedent, it seems we are left to watch Donald Trump continue to flout the law.

We watch in horror as the delusional former president constantly spits in the Justice Department’s eyes and laughs as Attorney General Merrick Garland tinkers in search of precedent. The same is at stake with Trump’s congressional lackeys. One wonders how many of them could be charged right now if not for the dreaded precedent.

None of these characters are above the law, but because justice never carried them before assuming it can’t be done. As my dear late mother used to say when I was faced with a difficult task, “You’ll never know unless you try.”

JD Blair
Walnut Creek

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