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SJSU students paying
full tuition is unfair

As a junior college transfer student, I was looking forward to my first semester at San Jose State. Alas, I finally made it to a four-year university and everything it has to offer. Whether its new friendships, new ideas or even fun new experiences, San Jose State has all of that and more. But not this year … or probably the next.

Granted, San Jose State is absolutely not to blame for this pandemic in any way whatsoever. You could even argue that they’re being responsible with their online learning curriculum. But with online learning, we’re missing out on a lot, but still paying the same amount for tuition. Don’t get me wrong, online learning is a necessary evil with everything going on right now. But I don’t believe that we should be paying for the full college experience when in reality we’re only experiencing a fraction of it.

Joshua Atkinson
San Jose

Walia would put people’s
wishes first in Saratoga

Fourteen years ago my mother, Alice, Saratoga resident since 1965, introduced me to some dear friends of hers, Tina Walia and her husband. We frequently engaged in lively discussions on many subjects. My mother would often ask Tina, with her sharp brain, impressive education and experience, why she didn’t run for public office.

After several years of prompting, Tina joined the Planning Commission, to our delight.

Ten years have passed since then, and Tina has shown us all her exceptional talent for city government. So much so that my mother and I, until her death 3 years ago, began urging Tina to run for Saratoga City Council.

Tina has proven she will work tirelessly, with integrity, to support the wishes of the people of Saratoga. My mother would have been proud. I hope you will join me and cast your vote for our friend, Tina Walia.

Teresa Ferracci

Teen’s photo reminds
that nature is beautiful

2020 has been a frustrating year. We’ve accepted the “new normal” of living in a pandemic. We experienced wildfires which turned the sky into the color of Cheeto dust. The environment feels like an enemy riddled with tiny particles that could hurt us in the form of crown-shaped viruses and floating bits of ash.

Vayun Tiwari’s photograph, which captured an interaction between him and a hummingbird, human and nature (“South Bay teen birder wins Audubon photography award,” Sept. 20 ), brought me so much joy. It reminded me that the world around us, despite it being terrifying, is miraculous and beautiful. I’d like to congratulate him on seizing this moment. I’m incredibly grateful that Audubon recognized this photograph because their recognition brought it into my life. Though everything may seem bleak now, I’ll make sure to keep this photo in mind to remind myself that the environment is not the enemy and that it’s important to fight to preserve its beauty.

Eug Xu
Palo Alto

Prop. 15 a long overdue
remedy for Prop. 13

Finally, Proposition 15 is the correction to Proposition 13 we have been waiting for!

Designed to keep people from losing their homes because of limited income, homeowners and some small businesses (50 or fewer employees) would still receive the full Proposition 13 benefits: a 1% tax based on a property’s purchase value and annual tax increases of no more than 2%.

But big businesses should never have been included. While their tax rates wouldn’t change, beginning in 2022 the levy would be based on the current market value of the real estate.

Schools, the most affected by the lose of tax revenue, would receive much of the new tax revenue. Local governments also would receive a share of the new property tax revenue.

Sena Havasy

A no vote on Prop. 16
is a no vote on racism

Proposition 16 asks California voters a very simple question: Should racial discrimination be legal in California?

If Proposition 16 passes, the following language will be removed from the California States Constitution: “The State shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin, in the operation of public employment, public education, and public contracting.”

Say no to racial discrimination! Vote no on Proposition 16!

Pete Campbell
San Jose

Wrong time to cut
international aid

International aid creates new markets for American goods overseas, decreases political volatility and violence in developing countries, protects the national security of the United States, helps stop the spread of disease, and lifts millions out of extreme poverty.

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