Porn business avoids justice for its crimes

The recreational drug and adult film industries have quite a bit in common: both charge a lot for the products they sell, and there seems to be a big demand for their products. The films are purchased especially by hotel, motels and casinos who want to satisfy the desires of many of their customers.

There is a difference, though: drug dealers are hunted down and incarcerated -- not so with adult film entrepreneurs. They thrive in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in Southern California. Even though we hear a lot about "human trafficking," never are they accused of that despicable activity. But they are, perhaps, the most active of that breed. The "humans" they exploit are attractive young girls. They seem immune to control. The state attorney general won't talk to you if you complain. Politicians, state, local and even Congressional, are equally uninterested. Is this corruption? One wonders.

Donald F. King

Livermore

High speed rail's safety issues serious

Google "Bourbonnais Train Accident." Amtrak's crack Chicago-New Orleans "City of New Orleans" hit a heavy truck just outside Chicago, derailing two locomotives and 11 of 14 passenger cars and killing 11 passengers while injuring 228. The track speed was 79 mph -- the same as on much of Caltrain between San Jose and San Francisco.

To allow a "one seat ride" into downtown San Francisco, the California High Speed Rail Authority plans to run trains much faster than 79 mph on the Caltrain tracks. Far better: phase high speed rail from the south just to San Jose, with cross-platform transfers there to Caltrain and the Capitol Corridor. Defer running into San Francisco until Caltrain is fully grade-separated.


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Then upgrade the Union Pacific/Amtrak East Bay Mulford route for high speed rail from San Jose to a new transfer station at the BART overhead in Oakland. BART trains about every four minutes would reach all four downtown San Francisco stations in six to 10 minutes.

Robert S. Allen

Livermore

Business park wrong to hose off its debris

I'm very disheartened by the Lens on the Bay photo of a maintenance worker at Bishop Ranch hosing away debris around a fountain.

As we are being asked to cut our water use by 20 percent, why is Bishop Ranch maintenance using water to deal with debris? Wouldn't a leaf blower be more in line with water conservation? Or how about a good old-fashioned broom?

The next question is -- why publish this picture? Again, in a time of drought, don't you think that folks might be influenced by the seemingly irresponsible use of water by Bishop Ranch and think, "if they don't have to conserve, why should I?"

It's something to think about ....

Roxanne Cline

Livermore

Negate the top court's ruling on elections

We should support U.S. Senate Joint Resolution 18 and House Joint Resolution 21 to negate the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case.

Democracy can't be bought. It's high time we, the people, took action and informed our leaders that it is not acceptable to enable corporations to effectively buy the results they want from our government. It's not what the founders envisioned and it's the transom to a horrific path for America's future.

Christopher Griffen

Pleasanton

Sometimes foolishness does pay off

In January 1993, during a massive snowstorm that closed all major mountain highways in California, a young couple (Jim and Jennifer Stolpa) with their infant son tried to drive to a wedding in the Midwest. Interstate 80 was closed so they figured a 2-lane road further north would be open. This arrogance and stupidity almost cost them and their baby their lives. Were they chastised or held responsible for endangering the child's life? Not even a hand slap. And they were paid $500,000 for their story. I read stories daily about people being charged with child endangerment for crimes that are not nearly as serious.

Now we have three college-educated nature lovers who couldn't find anywhere to hike in the country that paid for that education. These brainiacs went for a stroll in the most anti-American region on earth. They were arrested and imprisoned in Iran.

They wrote a book, will make millions and taxpayers have to foot the bill for the time and money involved in getting them out. Ridiculous!

Kevin S. Bryant

Dublin

Get tough with Russia over Ukraine

The United States and Europe should move decisively to hurt Russia badly. Here are some drastic recommendations:

They should throw Russia out from IMF and The World Bank; they should move to recognize the independence movements of Chechnya and Ingushetia and help Georgia reassert sovereignty over breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Short of showing strong will to go to war over Ukraine, the U.S. and European reaction has to be decisive. Restrictions announced by the United States and Europe on Russian and Crimean officials will not alter the course. They are not even worth the paper written on.

Naveed Khan

Pleasanton

Gay activist's sentencing covered up

Larry Brinkin, the national homosexual icon/human rights commissioner for whom San Francisco once named a week in his honor, recently pleaded guilty and was sentenced to prison for participating in a child porn ring.

Yet not one word of this "non-scandal" has been printed in the East Bay newspapers since Brinkin's arrest two years ago; despite regular stories on the Catholic Church scandal lacking the racist elements of Brinkin's conviction.

Our "watchdogs" regularly censor important information from the East Bay/Tri-Valley editions, thereby preventing independent print subscribers from learning facts and endorsements published in other parts of the same electoral district, the better to influence opinion and elections.

Keeping the "vanilla" (suburban taxpaying voters) clueless about relevant facts and events (like the annual tax subsidized San Francisco Dyke March, which gridlocks the city without permit or payment of costs and bans male participants from the public streets) thwarts voters making informed choices; or worse, complaining about media misandry -- the pervasive denigration of men and boys, masculinity and normal heterosexuality.

Unlike Penn State "coach" Sandusky, Brinkin is a nonstory because media bias for his insider status protects his crimes from exposure in print.

Michael McDermott

Pleasanton