Second Amendment still remains relevant

In his Feb. 21 letter, Alfred H. Buchta criticizes a letter from reader Alexander Montalvo and suggests using "present-day common-sense" interpretation of the Constitution. He implied other amendments have their limitations, why shouldn't the Second?

The Second Amendment has already been limited, multiple times. The point is, we shouldn't continue to constrict this right based on the senseless acts of criminals and the mentally unstable. His straw-man argument about owning nuclear arms is a ridiculous exaggeration.

While more than 230 years old, the principles contained within, such as the ability to protect ourselves from tyranny, will never become outdated. They're inalienable rights, not privileges. They're not given by man so they can't be taken by man.

Are those in power so evolved now that they're not susceptible to becoming corrupt?

Keep in mind that some proponents of gun control in the Senate hold unrestricted weapons permits. Restrict the law-abiding but exempt themselves? Are they more important than we? Remember, they are people, too, and "public servants," not aristocrats.

Christopher DeFonte

San Ramon

Hacienda Restaurant gone but not forgotten

How sad to witness the demolition of the Hacienda Restaurant at Macdonald and San Pablo avenues in Richmond. Fortunately, I happened to be there to take pictures before the final demolition earlier this month.

Tony Carrico, the owner, founded and operated the restaurant successfully for more than 56 years. He passed away in June.

Carrico and the restaurant, which served Mexican and American food, will not be forgotten.

Eula Mae Fisher

Richmond

BART bike survey results surprising

I was surprised to see that results from the recent BART/bikes Talk Back in the March 2 Times indicated 51 percent of the responders don't think bikes should be allowed on BART during commute hours.

I would appreciate the Times sharing information about responder demographics. How many responses were received? And from what areas or ZIP codes?

I'm sorry that I failed to add my two cents to the count. If commute hours are the cause for restricted use due to inconvenience or space used, then babies in strollers, slow seniors, people with luggage or large backpacks, people in wheelchairs, others with crutches, braces or children, fat people and possibly even pregnant women should also be prohibited during commute hours, or relegated to that last car.

On the other hand, perhaps all that really needs to happen is for BART commuters to drop the false sense of entitlement, exercise some patience and kindness, and become more tolerant of others.

J.L. King

Albany

Charter school law needs to be changed

This is in response to Theresa Harrington's informative article about the Mt. Diablo school district "losing more than $3 million a year because it must provide more money to the charter (Clayton Valley High School) ... than it receives from the state."

Certain school board members and parents were incensed that this finding was kept secret.

The underlying problem here is that the law governing charter schools is badly written and should be changed. The law demands that a district must allocate more money per student in a charter school than in other schools.

The absurdity and inequity is prescribed by the Legislature. It is not the fault of any district official -- paid or elected. In fact, it is difficult to blame even the selfishness of the school that claims charter status. If the law allows them to grab more dollars from the district budget, why wouldn't they?

Once again, politicians have fooled the citizenry in the name of educational reform.

Silloo Tarapore

Lafayette Tarapore is a retired schoolteacher.