Questions about sharing the road

I have several questions regarding bicycles and sharing the road.

Are bicycle riders supposed to obey California DMV regulations? If so, who imposes those regulations?

What is the legal definition of a bicyclist?

How are bicycle riders trained and verified, and is there a California legal administration that certifies bicyclists so we all can share the road safely? What are the legal requirements? Is there an age parameter for riding a bicycle, as well as vision screening?

I am not a lawyer. However, these questions are valid because there seems to be an assumption that bicyclists get their riding certification and verification of bicycle training in a virtual manner only. Yet we all expect cyclists to obey DMV laws of the road.

Remember this folks, there are no California regulations that stipulate bicycle training or training certifications.

The reason I wrote this letter is to get people to think about what is real and what is assumed.

Greg Gabel

Pinole

Leave choice on pot to the states

The federal government should stop cracking the whip on state legalized medical marijuana licensed in good standing.

The Justice Department is intimidating enough without riding roughshod over legalized dispensary owners and landlords, without threats of building seizures and closures.

States have come of age and shouldn't need to have big daddy's consent to take care of business. It's time to cut the cord on this issue and step aside.

States should have the choice without persecution because of belief.

Anna Koepke

El Sobrante

Is Sowell ignorant or disingenuous?

A feature of the free press in a democratic society is that it allows irrelevant people to make insignificant gobbledygook in their commentaries.

Case in point is Thomas Sowell, who in a recent column, employing sophistry, accuses President Barack Obama of deception and not living up to his pledges as candidate Obama. He also cites lack of courage and discredits the president for fighting terrorism.

Any reasonable individual who reads that column would realize that the author is the one who is deceiving the public.

Sowell is apparently suffering from acute amnesia, for he does not remember the president inherited a bankrupt country in the throes of economic collapse, thanks to the policies of the Bush/Cheney administration.

Candidate Obama optimistically thought Republicans would unclench their fists and work with him to save the country.

The fact remains that despite all the obstructions, the president has succeeded not only to stop the hemorrhage, but to get the country on its feet again.

This simple observation leads me to believe that Sowell is either inherently ignorant of the truth or mischievously disingenuous.

Fred Serafin

Moraga

Writer right about government spending

Ava E. Harrison's letter on Oct. 31 had it right! Government spending should do just what so many of the rest of us do.

Prioritize, budget, economize and/or eliminate. I would add: keep track of known income and don't count income that isn't guaranteed.

While she didn't bring it into her letter, I think pension reform is a must as well. I know the various unions have created really great pensions deals for their members but the rest of us cannot support those pensions as they are now.

I think pension reform in all forms of government agencies, union and non-union alike, should be dealt with.

Dorothy Miller

Pittsburg

Let us know where gifts are made

Regarding the economy: This year make certain that all Christmas gift purchases are from mainland China. That'll help.

Scott L. Martin

Concord