Bay Bridge fiasco incompetence

When the Golden Gate and Bay bridges were originally built, we must have had smarter politicians, smarter voters and smarter news media.

This Bay Bridge fiasco, taking 25 years instead of three years, and costing more than $6 billion rather than $2 billion is bad enough, but outsourcing the steel components to communist China leads the list of outright stupidity.

The point of even doing a newer span was for it to be much stronger against future earthquakes. So in addition to the steel and its fabrication creating American jobs, why on earth would we depend on our largest and main potential military enemy to provide us with un-sabotaged steel?

With national defense being their first and most important responsibility, our state and national politicians are mostly corrupt and incompetent. Now they are cutting back our military, doing nothing to control our borders, and letting enemies acquire nukes while they debate things like "paper or plastic."

Voters and the news media must wake up if we are ever to vote these incumbent idiots out of office.

Pete Laurence

Clayton

Refugee problem is not resolved

Larry Waldron, whose letter was published on April 1, is correct that "Arabs are not welcome."

Just in the "Arabic" portion of the world, i.e., the Middle East, there live nearly 1.5 billion Arabs.

With a bit more than 8,000 square miles, Israel, indeed, does not welcome Arabs. As for our Palestinian sisters and brothers, there are more than 2 million of them living in Israel as citizens. While we are on the subject of "welcomeness," let's quickly look at how well Jewish sisters and brothers are welcomed in the Arab world.

Does Waldron even know how many square miles we are talking about here? And, what of the "huge" Jewish citizenship in these regions? A quick check: Algeria, zero; Libya, zero; Syria, 100; Iraq, 100; Lebanon, 100; Morocco, 5,000. But that's not the whole story. These are numbers circa now.

What was it like in 1948? Algeria, 140,000; Libya, 38,000; Tunisia, 100,000; Yemen, 50,000; Morocco, 260,000.

Indeed, the refugee problem has yet to be resolved.

Michael Solarz

Berkeley

An example of incendiary letter

This is in response to one of the recent letters penned by the esteemed Ron Entwistle of San Pablo. The name may sound familiar to readers. He's published as often as the letters section allows.

Well let's see, what was his lecture about this time? He was condemning a fellow letter writer for using incendiary language in his criticism of President Barack Obama.

Entwistle then proceeded to describe the offending incendiary remarks, their author, and those of us who might dare to be in agreement, with a few of his own.

To wit: "talking points ... propaganda ... belligerently ... juvenile ... blathered ... brainwashed ... bombastic ... and blowhards."

Perhaps Entwistle doesn't consider the words he chooses to rise to the level of incendiary, or maybe he just likes to impress the reader with his vast vocabulary.

Mark Barnes

Martinez

Thatcher hardly worthy of praise

Those expatriates unashamedly celebrating the demise of Margaret Thatcher need to be reminded that of all leaders of recent years -- with the possible exception of her friend Augusto Pinochet -- none is more likely to return as a zombie.

Mike Bloxham

Kensington

Solution for surreal world

The surreal photo of a rollercoaster in the ocean in the recent opinion piece, "World must use market-based solution to stem climate crisis," and 33 other photos at www.citizensclimatelobby.org in, "Are you ready for more?", show where we're headed.

According to scientists, if the world continues to burn fossil fuel, the results will outdo any hurricane or storm.

In his letter, "Solutions not so market based," Harold Mantle's solution to lowering atmospheric CO2 includes a gradually imposed carbon tax, nuclear power, carbon sequestration and giving industry "maximum flexibility" to lower our carbon footprint.

Profit-driven industry needs economic incentive created by demand, not flexibility, so let's start with gradually increasing fees on carbon, returned in equal payments to individuals as dividends.

The gradually increasing cost of energy would provide incentive for a transition to alternative energy and conservation. The dividends would offset increasing energy costs and generate spending that would stimulate development of energy technology, labor-intensive industry and economic growth.

Building an alternative energy infrastructure with smart grid technology would be the beginning of a march toward creating a sustainable global economy and environment.

Mark Altgelt

Vallejo