Teachers at a real disadvantage

As a local special-education teacher, I have been subjected to just about every kind of abuse imaginable from my students.

The restraint my fellow teachers and I show while we work heroically to bring forth the highest and the best, academically and socially, within our students should be recognized and appreciated. But it is not.

Those in authority have bent so far over backward in their attempt to "protect" children that they have unwittingly put them in charge.

Kids, and their parents, have all the power. They can make any accusation they want and they know they will be taken seriously -- whether there is any validity to their claims or not.

Now an Oak Grove Middle School teacher is being disciplined for "seemingly tapping a student with a rolled-up piece of paper." Unbelievable!

Barry Tesar

Walnut Creek

Tesar is a teacher in the Antioch Unified School District.

Strip mall an accident waiting to happen

Who the heck approved the plans for the new retail strip behind Home Depot in Martinez?

The layout is an accident waiting to happen. Not only is there inadequate parking now, but the city approved a Chipotle restaurant at that site, which doubled the gridlock.

Do not forget the placement of Starbucks' drive-through exit. The east exit onto Arnold Drive is a blind exit, with drivers having to creep out on the roadway and having to "jump on it" to make their exit.

When you're driving west on Arnold Drive from Lucky to Home Depot, unless you're aware of the exit and drive accordingly, again, a disaster waiting to happen.

Who approved this very poorly thought-out mess?

I'm a walker and pass by this mess every day and drivers take zero notice of pedestrians.

Eric Trujillo

Martinez

Truth behind pensions and tax shelters

Public pensions keep the wealth with the 99 percent and should be defended vigorously.

A recent Times article about tax shelters confirms the wealthy are not investing in their country, only themselves. If all this wealth were kept in America, we could fund many of the programs we depend on for a civilized and just society.

Long ago, corporations offered defined benefits. They rescinded them after calculating how much more they could profit without them.

Shame on Daniel Borenstein for relentlessly attacking the little guy and ignoring the real threat.

Wendy Brubaker

Richmond

Evolution is indeed a theory, but not fact

I agree with the April 9 letter by Jayne Thomas. Evolution is a very credible theory. I assume she is referring to the origin of Earth and mankind.

It is not, however, "proven." We cannot go back to the beginning of life and replicate it. As a Catholic Christian, I believe in the theory of evolution and it does not conflict with me being a Christian.

Thomas libels millions of Christians by stating, "You cannot call yourself a Christian and also claim to be a critical thinker." That is a very biased statement and one I totally disagree with.

Mary E. Sandri

Lafayette

Brown's train to nowhere legacy

High praise to the Times' editorial staff for your continued critical exposé of Gov. Jerry Brown's "Train to Nowhere."

Now that we have an official monument commemorating this ever-changing boondoggle, I encourage you to have it trademarked and consider offering to your readers such items as bumper stickers, license plate frames, and refrigerator magnets so that all of us will continue to be reminded of Brown's supreme legacy project.

Mark Zuercher

Orinda

Does not support ammo control bills

I do not support the ammunition-control bills currently being heard in the California Legislature.

Gun control is using both hands.

Shirley Sprague

Concord

Real fans priced out of Stones tickets

This is regarding the article about the Rolling Stones ticket prices.

I, too, was priced out at $700 once Ticketmaster was open to the public.

Even though I've been a faithful supporter since 1966 (Germany), I won't get to see the Stones on what must be their final tour -- but some fat cat will, who got complimentary tickets from some corporation who gobbled up blocks of $1,200 tickets to give to clients, who might not even be fans but it's free so they'll go to the party.

Keith Richard should know that all I need to see is him and the boys.

I'll travel anytime, anywhere in the Bay Area and I'll be happy to pay $200.

Inge Jordan

Emeryville