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Trump’s aid admitted
coup d’etat in interview

What is the dumbest? Peter Navarro admitting sedition and insurgency on national television or (listening to Navarro’s lamentations) the realization that Navarro implied that even the elated Donald Trump was and is stupid, and that only Peter Navarro could sort out the details of the January affair. 6, 2021, attempted coup.

Concretely, one wonders if Navarro annoyed the boss by usurping it.

Georges licin
Campbell

The county should improve,
not close, Reid-Hillview

D. “Airports to use unleaded gasoline for small planes”, page B1, December 28:

Santa Clara County has banned the sale of 100LL aircraft fuel at county airports. Only 94UL fuel can now be sold; this fuel can only be used in about 66% of the piston engine fleet (https://www.flyingmag.com/swift-expands-california-ul94-distribution/). This means that a significant number of planes will not be able to refuel at these airports – they will take their things and their money elsewhere.

It appears the county is still trying to find excuses to shut down Reid-Hillview by rendering the facility unusable by a third of the fleet. This ban is likely in violation of federal grant guarantees from the FAA.

UL94 is a great alternative – for airplanes that can use it legally – but many cannot. Instead of working so hard to shut down Reid-Hillview, the county should make it the shining jewel of an airport it could be and attract more aviation business to Silicon Valley.

Tom neale
Danville

The state should mandate
paid COVID sick leave

California must require paid sick leave for employees with COVID, or reduce the quarantine time to five federal days.

Requiring a long unpaid quarantine prompts employees to keep their COVID status a secret and to come to work ill. I caught COVID, and despite my immunization status, Santa Clara requires up to 11 days of quarantine (“Day 0” plus an additional 10 days). I only have three days of paid sick leave. What are we supposed to do?

Cate levey
Palo Alto

New techniques could
engage students online

D. “My students injured by the pandemic have lost their motivation to get involved”, page A12, January 2:

David W. Berner, professor at Columbia College Chicago, expressed frustration with his virtual classes. Today, both academically and at the corporate level, we are seeing less student engagement and interactions on computer screens during their online classes. For his expert opinion and mine – who earns a living by transferring lessons in person to virtual environments – “online lessons can work. But what is missing? “

What is missing is to ostensibly state the benefits for students of attending an hour-long lecture. To keep today’s distracted learners ‘curious’, teachers are forced to implement:

1) agile, fragmented, video-based and interactive micro-learning;

2) use gamification to mimic collaboration;

3) storytelling and;

4) Begin the lessons by indicating the current challenges, solution and advantages of the topic under study instead of delving into the theory of operations or drawing the characteristics and advantages of the students.

These new learning techniques are known to promote more interaction and engagement in order to arouse the curiosity of students.

Ramin elahi
San jose

The PG&E plan will stop
solar growth

PG&E has successfully lobbied the California Public Utilities Commission to consider its proposal to increase monthly fees on solar panels and reduce the credit that solar energy users receive for the resale of solar panels by 80%. excess electricity to the grid.

In California, the sun powers thousands of schools, farms, apartment buildings, and over a million private homes. Solar energy users save everyone money, reduce air pollution, and mitigate climate change.

In addition, the increasing availability of solar batteries reduces demand on the grid when people need electricity the most, minimizing the need for outages for everyone and saving money on line construction and maintenance. electric.

The rising fees will put solar power out of the reach of many Californians. We need more solar power, not less. The CPUC votes on the PG&E proposal on January 27. Call Governor Newsom and tell him to take a stand against the increased fees for solar power.

Judith Hurley
San jose

Biden’s fiery speech
unlikely to influence MAGA

In his January 6 speech, President Biden made some compelling remarks. But he preached in the choir.

He seems to have forgotten what Ayn Rand wrote, paraphrasing: Those who deny reason are not influenced by it.

Ken mintz
Cupertino

The president speaks
The January 6 truth to Trump

Kudos to President Biden for finally calling Trump what he was a year ago – an insurgency that didn’t put America first.

He incited violence and hatred and encouraged his supporters to literally kill lawmakers. This cannot and must not happen in America – the greatest democracy on Earth.

Thank you, Mr. President, for today’s speech – he spoke of your deep patriotism, your love for the country and for us Americans. You are doing a wonderful job as president. God bless you.

Rameysh Ramdas
San jose