Hayward Loop must have lower speeds

My first impressions of the Hayward Loop are pretty favorable. It seems to be fast, efficient and logical.

Its one big drawback is the amount and speed of traffic, particularly on Mission Boulevard. Unless traffic speeds are slowed and enforced, the loop will only serve to further isolate the downtown area.

It will become merely a way to get through downtown Hayward and not a way to stop and enjoy it.

Robert Magginetti

Hayward

Traffic nightmare created by Loop

I knew the Hayward Loop would be a disaster.

Let me tell you about going from I-580/238 to southbound Foothill Boulevard, intending to get to Highway 92 (Jackson Street):

First, what happens when you reduce four good lanes to two. And then when you make them turn right into 1½ lanes on A Street.

Then it gets crazy: A left turn onto Main Street for four long traffic lights, then a right turn onto D Street for one block, another long light, then a left turn onto Mission Boulevard, where you are forced into the left lane of three lanes, but have only a few feet to get over two lanes to get onto Jackson Street.

It took 15 minutes at 12:30 p.m. -- not morning rush, not with people trying to avoid I-880.


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And the traffic the other way coming north on Foothill from Highway 92 and Mission feeders? Don't even ask.

This is the worst planning I have ever seen. The Hayward Loop? The road to nowhere. Why didn't they just make Foothill one-way north to 580 and make Mission one-way south from 580? How crazy is this?

Monty Stewart

Hayward

Writer wrong about renaming of school

As retired teachers, we could not agree more with the comment in the March 15 letter wherein the author states that she has "witnessed the devastating effects our budget crisis has wrought upon our schools" and that our first priority should be to ensure that children should have the best possible education.

We do, however, take issue with her remark that renaming Alvarado Middle School after Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz is "something frivolous." It was Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz, Filipino immigrants and farmworkers, who started the grape strike in 1965.

Their crusade against low wages and wretched working and living conditions for farmworkers ultimately drew worldwide attention and support that led to the unionization of California farmworkers. Their pivotal role, however, was overshadowed by Cesar Chavez's eventual leadership of the farmworker movement.

To call the endeavor to rename a school in Itliong's and Vera Cruz's honor "frivolous" is an insult to those who honor their courageous, yet unrecognized, contribution to American history and seems to indicate prejudice or a total lack of research.

George and Gloria Gates

Fremont

Pope must deal with child abuse scandal

It appears that the old pope threw in the towel because he was simply overwhelmed by new scandals piling up on top of the by now familiar ones.

It remains to be seen if the new pope can get a better handle on the scandals or if the alleged skeletons in his own closet (collusion with Argentina's Dirty War dictatorship) become a distraction in their own right.

As an outsider, one can only be amazed to see how many good and otherwise intelligent people are still seduced to call themselves Catholics.

David M. Mandell

Leader Fremont Atheist Forum

Unethical way to raise money

Plaudits to the Times for your editorial scolding local school districts for the irresponsible practice of using capital appreciation bonds to fund school construction.

This is an unseemly and unethical way to raise money, then stick the taxpayers with a huge debt. It seems to me the financial organizations issuing the bonds are equally irresponsible and slimy. In their greed, they, too, are exploiting the taxpayer.

Who gets the shaft? Not the school administrators. Not the bond issuers. We, the property owners, end up paying for their malfeasance.

David Ogden

Walnut Creek