Writer cherry picked Bible on abortion issue

In response to the Dec. 19 letter, "Believe it or not, Scripture backs abortion," I think not.

In the sixth commandment, the Bible mandates, "Thou shalt not kill." Carpenter's argument is tortuous. I call it "patchwork Scripture" -- you take a piece of Scripture out of context and stitch it to another piece to make it say what you want. The Bible clearly recognizes the sanctity of human life from conception to death. See Jeremiah 1:5. This is a basic principle of our Constitution.

Calling an embryo "fetal tissue," infers that it is less than human. An embryo is a stage in the development of every human being. This little being has its own DNA within hours of fertilization -- eye, hair color and sexual identity. It has a beating heart in 18 days. All it asks from its mother and father is food and shelter: what every decent parent owes his child. Roe v. Wade is an unjust law. It denies the right to life to another human being. It is unconstitutional.

Barbara Meistrell

Alamo

City Hall's design plans went south

After many years of ups and downs; the city had been making real progress in finalizing the civic center/City Hall collaboration with Sunset Development. And then came the City Council hearing March 11 on the issue of City Hall's architecture and floor plan -- when they basically "went off the rails!"

They failed on process and outcome. On process: it was a decision making procedure that was not transparent or open. There were no public hearings on the look and layout of the new City Hall; no hearings before the Planning Commission; or the Parks and Community Services Commission; the Architectural Review Board; or solicitation of any kind, for input from the residents of San Ramon for such an important/symbolic public building that represents and serves the citizens of San Ramon. Basically, it was an in-house, behind-closed-doors, process, uncomfortably reminiscent of the transparency problems from years past.

On outcome: not surprisingly, the resulting council decision suffered from lack of imagination; lack of connection to cities' residents; and lack of compatible integration with the surrounding community/sports facilities. Less a tribute to the city and citizens of San Ramon and more like an annex to the business-oriented/efficient/spartan/white cement-green glass motif of a business park. I believe we can and should do better.

Jim Blickenstaff

San Ramon for Open Government San Ramon

Vote Storer, Arnerich in 2014 elections

Most government decisions that affect you directly are at the local level.

As a 45-year resident of Danville, I have always been impressed by the dedication and effectiveness of our Danville Town Council. As a resident of Danville South, two recent landscaping decisions along Camino Ramon reaffirmed my faith in them.

  • The opening of the 40-year-old walled-in fence was removed at the Danville South Park.

  • At a recent meeting with Mayor Robert Storer and former Mayor Newell Arnerich they detailed how they, and everyone else, worked to tear down that ugly 2-mile chain-link fence along Camino Ramon. They now have $500,000 to landscape it into a linear park.

    In November, Storer will be up for re-election -- vote for him. In about 10 weeks, Arnerich should move up to represent us all in the 16th State Assembly District -- vote for him.

    Joseph L. Dana

    Danville

    Statistically, pit bulls are OK, but ...

    I read where pit bull advocates are seeking to overturn breed-specific bans being imposed by communities across the country. Statistically speaking, the pit bull terrier is a sweet, adorable animal.

    Unfortunately, my first encounter with a pit was to pry it off my dog, Gonzo, with a two-by-four. My second encounter with a pit was to pry it off my dog, Jake, with a hoe. My third encounter was to pull one off my dog, Preston, with the help of its owner. Disengaging the jaws of a pit bull is slightly more difficult than opening a rusty bear trap.

    In each of these unprovoked attacks, the owners assured me that their dog had never done anything like that before. Statistically speaking, these attacks happened only three times in 30 years, but it leaves me with the lasting prejudice that owning one of these sweet, adorable animals is as prudent as playing soccer in a minefield.

    David Fore

    San Ramon

    Not a great example of saving water

    In a recent edition you had a large photo of a Bishop Ranch Business Park employee "hosing away debris from the wall around the fountain." Do you think this is a good example of conserving water during the drought?

    Mary Wade

    Danville

    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

    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.

    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