Letters to the Editor: Persky, high-speed rail, smoking ban

Recall Persky effort is ‘nonviolent,’ ‘democratic’

In his March 14 letter, Dinesh Desai implies that the campaign to recall Judge Aaron Persky is a form of “mob rule.” This is fundamentally untrue. Mob rule implies violence and intimidation outside the lawful realm. In clear contrast, the campaign to recall Judge Persky is democratic, squarely within the bounds of law, and not only nonviolent, but explicitly antiviolent.

First, within a democracy, we as citizens have not only a right to vote officials in, but a fundamental right to vote them out. Additionally, the reason behind this campaign is because we as citizens have had enough with violence, especially sexual violence against girls and women.

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Youth leading the way on critical issues

Kudos to the Town Crier for its excellent report on Bullis Charter School eighth-grader Keshav Shah’s participation in a student delegation that was commended for its paper at the international Cities and Climate Change Science Conference in Alberta, Canada (“Bullis Charter student speaks at conference on climate change,” March 21).

A member of #Decarbonize: Decolonize – his school’s climate action club – Shah was the only student representing the U.S. What an inspiration. The youngest generation, across the country, is taking action on critical issues, from gun violence to global warming.

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Persky supporters show no sympathy for victim

Protection of women at school and in the workplace, for example, has been lacking, and the human resources “system” refers to women’s testimony as “alleged” and their problem only to be treated by “counseling” for the victims.

In their March 14 letters to the editor addressing the Judge Aaron Persky recall, Natalie Elefant and Dinesh Desai express no sympathy for the brave young woman sexually assaulted by Brock Turner. In effect, she appears to have been kidnapped in a semiconscious state to an isolated area and exposed by the dominant perpetrator to the potential of disease or pregnancy and a lifetime of emotional distress and guilt.

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