Criticisms on gym proposal are overblown

I am a member of the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church. Our proposal to build a gymnasium has created controversy over the size and impact of the building.

Early on, one of our detractors claimed that our building would create the noise of the University of Iowa Hawkeye Arena, which has 15,400 seats. This is nonsense. The impression was created that the gymnasium is a large, intrusive facility -- not so.

The design intent was to build a gymnasium that could be used primarily for children's basketball groups and incidentally for youth and adult basketball. We were constrained by site conditions, and the building is barely big enough for a high school-sized basketball court with only 6 feet of space around the court. We designed bleacher seating for 94 people (packed in), which includes score keepers, coaches, relief players and parents. The facility size is 7,935 square feet.

By comparison, the local high school recently built a 22,000-square-foot gymnasium. Our building is a third the size of a typical high school gym. This is much ado about nothing.

Robert Baker

Danville

Valley should keep small towns small

The Times recently did a story regarding the increase in traffic congestion on local freeways. The reporter put the blame on the improved economy. That is partly true, but the real cause is the population increase in the Tri-Valley. The reason we have an increase in population is our elected officials can't say "no" to developers, who build homes on all the open space and farm land they can get their hands on.

Increased traffic is only one negative of the population expansion. We have a limited amount of water, electricity and landfill space. Schools are becoming overcrowded, and crime is on the rise. Open space and ranch land is being replaced by homes and sound walls. An example is the KB Development on Interstate 680, south of Danville. What was a great view is now a wall of homes and large yellow signs. It is time to contact your town council. Let them know we want to keep our small towns small.

Roger Tuma

Danville

Care Act wasn't great example of balanced power

A recent letter writer lectures us on the U.S. republican system of government. He states that if you don't like the Affordable Care Act then you don't like our founders' intent.

Really -- the ACA is a good example of balance of powers? It was bumrushed through Congress with zero Republican votes. Now that it's law, we're finding out what's in it. We've learned that it's an inaccessible macroeconomic social engineering debacle that unfairly cross-subsidizes designated winners and losers while eliminating market signals to control prices. At least there's nothing standing between you and your doctor but Healthcare.gov and the IRS. What could go wrong when you outsource signature legislation to the populist Pied Pipers of Pelosi, Reid and Sebelius? The only upside in this Democratic economic Fukushima is that we get to keep our current health insurance if we like it -- because President Obama says so.

David Fore

San Ramon

Anti-Obama letter was racist

A recent letter titled "There's stupidity in White House" has infuriated me. In our country we have free speech, and that is wonderful. However, when that free speech crosses the line and the writer inserts racism, my blood boils.

An uneducated, blind racist may include a sentence and foolishly write "Since he works for us it's time for him to resign and crawl back under the rock in Kenya where he comes from." At first I couldn't believe someone in Pleasant Hill and enjoying our county and state could entertain such racist thoughts, let alone submit it to print for intelligent people to read. I pity such a person. Maybe there is a rock where this person could crawl under to forever hide his twisted thinking. He really makes me sick and maybe your paper should proofread trashy, junk mail before it reaches print,

Marlene Schlaegel

Alamo

President lied about choices in health care

Our liar-in-chief bypassed Congress and passed a new law all by himself called Obamacare. "If you like your car, you can keep your car," he said in his weekly propaganda broadcast. "If you like your mechanic, you can keep your mechanic," he said.

Liar -- 125 million car owners who love their cars will have to turn them in. Not to worry, you can buy a government-designed car with options you don't want but will have to pay for anyway. If you like your mechanic, forget it -- you can't keep him, but you can choose from a list of mechanics that Obama provides for you. If you work in the city and don't own a car and don't want a car, you will have to pay a fine. Oh, and if you don't pay the fine, a really friendly group called the IRS will come to your house and talk to you about it. But to stay out of trouble with Obama and HIS IRS, just go to the really cool and really slow Obamacare website and sign up!

Mark Marcotte

Danville

Obamacare will harm others later

Why should I worry about folks with independent health care plans losing their coverage and being stuck with much more expensive and inferior plans? After all, I've got mine. I'm safe. Right?

Actually, no, I'm not safe. A government report published in the Federal Register back in 2010 indicated that in the long run about 93 million of us will be turfed out of our health insurance. A more recent estimate by an independent agency gives the number of losers as greater than 120 million.

Right now it's just the guys with the independent plans who are stuck -- that's mainly small business people. Because President Obama changed the law just before the Oct. 1 rollout, big businesses are exempted for one year from complying with Obamacare. In other words, the next season of dropped policies won't occur until next fall.

It looks like the plan is to bite off the population one segment at a time. Right -- don't anger too many people all at once. Sneak up on them bite by bite. So, I shouldn't feel comfortable. They may come for my neighbor today, but won't they soon come for me too? Just because I escaped today does not mean that I should not take my stand with those being victimized now.

Henry D. Shay

Livermore