Pubdate: Wed, 04 Apr 2012
Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)
Copyright: 2012 Hearst Communications Inc.
Author: Matt Marshall


A down day in Oakland: As an Oakland resident, I followed much of the 
news on Monday with a profound sense of disbelief and disappointment.

Our taxpayer dollars are going to pay for dozens of DEA agents, 
Justice Department officials, IRS agents and commandeered Oakland 
police offices to "smoke out" and close down Oaksterdam, when just 
miles away people are being gunned down in another instance of random 
violence and lack of control over lethal weapons.

Just what is going on in our cities and our country? It sound likes 
the makings of an outrageous and unbelievable 21st century satire, 
but it is actually happening right in my home town.

I voted for President Obama and was proud when he was elected, but 
his actions as president smell of cowardice and petty politics. What 
do I do in November? I'm beginning to think the only solution is to 
take to the streets and express my rage the way I did 40-plus years 
ago. It worked. We ended a war and ran a failed president out of the 
White House.

Matt Marshall, Oakland
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