Road bypass needed

Dear Editor:

The Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce urges the Pittsburg City Council to move forward with the long planned Buchanan Road Bypass. This new road is urgently needed for the following reasons:

  • The Bypass Road has been planned for over 20 years. More than 22,000 cars a day go back and forth on Buchanan Road, most not from Pittsburg.

  • The congestion hurts the local air and noise quality. The congestion makes for a very unsafe traffic environment.

  • The congestion hurts Pittsburg business because local residents avoid the traffic in the area.

    The building of the bypass will improve the quality of life not only for the Pittsburg residents in the south Pittsburg area, but for all the Pittsburg citizens. The new road has been needed for years; it is needs to be built now.

    Harry York,

    CEO, Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce

    Pittsburg

    Voter fraud is real in state

    Dear Editor:

    California is the only state in the country that has not complied with the federal government's 2002 Help America Vote Act, which implements a statewide voter identification database.

    California Democrats are now promising a statewide database by 2017. Secretary of State Debra Bowen has hired, without competitive bids, tech firm CGI -- the same contractor who built the failed Obamacare websites -- to build our voter database. I do not expect to see a finished product by 2017.

    Why is this important? For example, Rep. Jerry McNerney's district spans three counties. Without a statewide database, a person can vote in all three counties and not be caught. And with no picture ID, the same person can vote in all three counties multiple times.

    Voter fraud is real in California. We will not know its true extent as long as Democrats are allowed to sabotage the effort to stop it.

    Hal Bray

    Brentwood

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