How about a highway named for a woman?

This may be throwing sand into your sandwich, but naming of highways and bridges after politicians is moving from the silly to the ridiculous. I mean, really, why should the Benicia Bridge be named after George Miller? Is it just because he has been re-elected to Congress every two years for what seems like half of his life?

And how do you like the roll-off-your-tongue sound of "Mineta San Jose International Airport?" Not to demean any of the men (and they are all men) mentioned in Gary Peterson's article, but I am guessing that somehow, the "powers-that-be" will resist naming the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Airport after a person.

Of course, I could be wrong ... the Nancy Pelosi/Barbara Lee San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge might be right around the corner.

Bill Fraser

Lafayette

Mass euthanasia of feral cats is unacceptable

As a veterinarian involved in the trap, neuter, and return of feral cats, I feel compelled to respond to the number of recent letters decrying this practice.

Even if we were to assume that our efforts had only a minimal effect in the face of such a huge problem, there are still other reasons why I and many others are so passionate about this practice.

I would remind the detractors about the story adapted from Loren Eiseley's "The Star Thrower," when an old man walking along a beach asked a young girl why she kept throwing starfish from the beach back into the water.

" 'But young lady, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You cannot possibly make a difference.'

The young woman listened politely and then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves, saying 'It made a difference for that one'."

In a similar manner, we are a relatively small group of people doing the best we can in the face of an overpopulation of "starfish." If more people would join us, our efforts would have an even bigger impact.

But perhaps more importantly, there is an ethical issue in play here. Euthanasia is one of the hardest parts of my job, even in cases where it really is the final and kindest option. We have a hard enough time filling our ranks for trap-neuter-return, so I can only imagine the difficulty in finding people willing to be part of the mass euthanasia of cats. Society would not (and should not) accept such a program.

Thomas Hansen, DVM

Walnut Creek