Letters to the Editor – Berkeley (California) Daily Planet

Thursday August 20, 2009


Editors, Daily Planet:

The debate over Berkeley’s downtown plan might become more grounded in fact if the city were to follow the lead of cities like Havana, which has a three-dimensional scale model of the city, showing any proposed changes to citizens before any changes are made.  Such an important decision merits a website with images of the competing proposals which all can see.
In the meantime, more information and commentary is located at www.greendowntownberkeley.org where advocates of the petition opposing the Bates plan have collected a number of thoughtful commentaries.

Tom Miller
President, Green Cities Fund

Time for Leadership – NY Times 8/14/09

August 14, 2009

Time for Leadership

To the Editor:

Re “Senator Goes Face to Face With Dissent” (front page, Aug. 12):

If there ever was a time for leadership, now is the time for President Obama to make his case to the American people in clear and uncertain terms about what changes he believes are needed in our health care system, and why these changes need to be made.

Backroom deals and a policy of letting Congress work it out have led to fear and apprehension on all sides. Americans are waiting for President Obama’s “closing argument.”

Tom Miller
Oakland, Calif., Aug. 12, 2009