No, electric cars are not reserved for the elite and do not cause breakdowns

Regarding “Not Everyone Can Afford an Electric Car” (Letters to the Editor, September 8): Michael Santos accuses me, in my letter (“Ready for Electric Cars”, August 28), to assume that a $20,000 to $30,000 range is affordable for everyone. Obviously, Mr. Santos missed the last line of my letter, mentioning the availability of many used electric vehicles for less than $10,000, including many for $7,000 to $9,000.

And electric vehicles are cheaper to operate and require less maintenance than conventional cars. There are also incentive programs to make new and used electric vehicles more affordable. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., for example, has one.

Additionally, letter author Pete Linn says California residents have been advised not to charge their electric vehicles (“The Power Grid Not Ready,” September 8). The truth is that Californians have been advised not to charge their electric vehicles during the 4-9 p.m. rush hour, which, as The Chronicle pointed out in a Front Page article (“Cars electricity do not cause blackouts”, September 8), is not really a problem. Most EV owners charge their vehicle overnight. Kudos to The Chronicle for placing this important report on the front page.

Gary Farber, Walnut Creek

Pass the Alzheimer’s bill

September 11 is National Grandparents Day, and I write in honor of my grandmother, who lives with Alzheimer’s disease. Growing up with her and witnessing the progression of this disease, from her being my caregiver to me being hers, shaped my desire to become a geriatrician and help others like her manage their health.

As a recent graduate of UC Berkeley, I’d like to share some numbers: There are approximately 30,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease in Alameda County and over 6 million nationwide. The number of Californians with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to more than double in 20 years.

Fortunately, in 2011, Congress passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act to address this impending public health crisis. The law has led to a decade of progress, including rapid advances in research. The law will expire in 2025, however, unless Congress acts.

I hope your readers will join me in urging Rep. Barbara Lee to join 37 of her colleagues in co-sponsoring the bipartisan NAPA Reauthorization Act, to build on the past decade of progress and help change the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s too late for my grandmother, but it’s not too late for her daughter.

Leena Usman, Oakland

Documents that don’t belong to Trump

I am troubled by the ongoing legal fight between the Department of Justice and Donald Trump.

The Presidential Records Act was passed by Congress in 1978 and stipulates that all records of any president’s administration belong to the United States. No government official or employee can leave with these documents when leaving. Who owns the presidential documents does not change whether these documents are classified or not.

Trump broke the law!

Judy Parsons, Cupertino

RIP Queen Elizabeth

News of Queen Elizabeth II’s death brought back memories for this aging expat.

Our mother brought my older sister and I to London for the coronation in 1953 and we spent the night in the small park opposite Westminster Abbey and had a good view of the dignitaries arriving for the ceremony.

Many years passed and my brother-in-law was knighted by the Queen. He told us that she good-naturedly used the ceremonial sword to hold him down on his knees after he started getting up too early.

Later still, as British Ambassador to Ireland, he was summoned to the Royal Yacht to brief the Queen on the situation in that country where his predecessor had been destroyed by the IRA. He found her well informed, peppering him with questions and showing great concern.

She wasn’t all corgis and the royal wave. She cared deeply about the country, the people, and the hardships we all face in life. In her own way, she helped us rise above them.

Martin Russell, Mill Valley

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