Q Cleveland, Buffalo, Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Rochester, Denver, Salt Lake City ALL have streets in MUCH better repair than ours! (Roadshow, April 29). How can that be?

All those cities having freezing weather, where huge chunks of the streets become loose and create enormous potholes. Mayor Chuck Reed should be ashamed of the job he is doing regarding road repair! And we all ought to be embarrassed. We are not only the worst in California, we are the worst in the NATION!

Gary, how can we remedy this? Should 10,000 of us go on Facebook and complain? Or begin a letter-writing campaign to City Hall? Or maybe apply to Moscow for foreign aid?

Joe Coughlin

San Jose

A If the Russians send us some bucks, I wouldn't turn it down.

Q Are Prius owners responsible for the sorry state of our roads? Complaints about the number of potholes that need to be fixed might be related to the gasoline taxes that go to maintain and repair our roads. As gas mileage has gone up, less taxes are collected per mile that we drive. My mileage has gone up about 40 percent from my old car, yet I still drive the same amount and I damage the road the same amount, but the state collects only about 60 percent of the taxes that it had collected before.

Prius and other hybrid and all-electric cars owners are the worst offenders, as they do not pay their fair share to maintain our roads. Maybe the gas taxes should be indexed to the average changes in miles per gallon. Plus we need to collect some fees for those that use little or no gas, as their vehicles damage the road the same amount as vehicles of the same weight.

Robert Peeks

Saratoga

A I wouldn't go blaming potholes on Prius drivers. True, high-mileage vehicles reduce gas tax revenues, but this issue goes way beyond them. The state gas tax would need to be raised at least 20 cents a gallon to help cover pothole and paving needs, and that is not going to happen. A recent Gallup study said 66 percent of Americans would reject a 20-cent-a-gallon state tax to pay for road and bridge repairs.

Q I would like to add my two cents to the pothole struggle. Some of us are old enough to remember that when our illustrious governor was on the throne the first time, he vowed not to spend any money on roads. Unfortunately, he was very successful and now we all continue to pay for his great wisdom and frugality. Bah, humbug.

Caryl Swinyard

San Jose

A Brown did not ban highway funding, but he did cut back on roadwork in favor of transit.

Q We used the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time since the new electronic toll collection went into effect a few weeks ago. Really liked not having to stop at the tollbooth.

But there is a glitch in the collection process that may cause some headaches. The toll payment notice comes in a very generic envelope that looks like so many junk mail envelopes we receive: "Pay-By-Plate Processing Department. Immediate Attention Required. Official Notice."

Sound familiar? There really needs to be some kind of identification of the Golden Gate Bridge on the envelope. Mine almost got tossed.

Kevin Worley

A Others have lodged a similar complaint. Bridge officials are taking another look at the wording on the envelope.

Q I had a similar experience to those described in your Sunday column with people getting their car towed in San Francisco and paying expensive towing charges, except mine was maybe a little more frustrating.

I was late for a meeting and found a spot off Market Street by a meter. There were at least three different time schedules hanging from the meter and I thought I was OK, because there were cars parked in front and behind me. I got back from my meeting and saw them connecting my car to a tow truck, as I had read the time schedules incorrectly. I told them to stop, but they wouldn't and they towed my car away with me yelling at the meter reader.

I am just sorry I didn't lie down in front of my car, but they probably would have run me over.

Michael Rashkin

Saratoga

A Michael's bill came to $400.

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