Tribute to historic old Bay Bridge
Recently, I was heading west across the Bay Bridge. How historical, how breathtaking, to see the steeply angled metal/mesh walkways that sway far into the sky up to the lone tower of the new Bay Bridge.
We saw from a distance workers who appeared tiny climbing up and down these precarious walkways. They seem like a special breed of humanity deserving of total admiration!
The existing bridge, now a grandma at 75 years, will welcome the new offspring scheduled for delivery in 2013. Meanwhile, thank you grandma bridge for continuing excellent service and great views.
And best wishes to workers on the new span, which is slowly expanding beside the old, readying for delivery.
Claire J. Baker
Plastic, like oil, is not recyclable
Oil took, what -- millions of years -- to make? It cannot be made organic. It is not recyclable.
Plastic is made from oil. It is not recyclable. Which will come first, us buried in plastic or us radiated out of existence because of the cracked atomic nucleus? Or us without water, food and air because of climate change?
The molecules of plastic will not break down enough to become usable by living organisms. For plastic to be "recycled," it gets ground up by energy-using machinery.
Chemicals, profitable products
U.S. military was not an imperial army
President John Kennedy stated: "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty."
However flawed U.S. foreign policy and by extension the execution of the war in Vietnam was, the U.S. military was not "an imperial army with a bad agenda" as recounted in the article quoting Charley Trujillo (May 28).
I and my fellow Vietnam veterans did not go to war for territory, for riches, or tyrannical oppression of a people. It is disheartening to me that after all these years Trujillo has confused the Japanese Imperial Forces conquests to create the "Greater East Asian Co-prosperity Sphere" under the domination of Japanese regional hegemony with his service in Vietnam.
Having studied, lived and worked for many years in Japan, I can assure Trujillo that the return of the battle flag and sword to the descendants of its original owner would be welcomed.
It is not difficult to fix Social Security fund
Every time I read an article about the sad state of Social Security funds, I just wince. There are a couple of fixes to the projected shortfall being estimated. One is easy, the other more complicated.
The first one is an issue of equality. Everyone who earns income in this country should pay the same percentage of their wages to Social Security.
That means, regardless of how much you make, whether it's $20,000 a year or $200,000, the percentage paid should be the same. There should be no ceiling protecting wealthy people earning more than $110,000 a year from Social Security payments over that amount.
That's called equality and the "accounting magic" to relieve people of paying their fair share of their earnings over that amount needs to be discontinued.
Second, let's stop making Social Security payments to people who have put nothing into the system. Harsh?
That's not as harsh as Social Security going broke.