Postal Service decision sensible
I agree with the U.S. Postal Service decision to reduce expenses by eliminating one delivery day per week.
As a recent Times article stated, the service faces incredible competition from various sources, not the least of which are the Internet, United Parcel Service and Federal Express.
UPS and FedEx get to cherry pick the most profitable business, while the USPS must deliver to almost everywhere on the map. This makes for a very challenging, if not impossible, business model for financial success.
I would even be in favor of limiting home delivery to four days per week. Why not? However, please leave Saturday delivery in the equation. Many families pay their bills on the weekend, and enjoy and respond to other mail.
Why not follow the example of the neighborhood barber and stop delivery on Mondays? Monday is usually a light mail day anyway. Keep Saturday delivery.
As to my four-day-per-week formula? Why not Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday?
Common-sense gun reductions
Simply put, more guns equal more gun-related deaths.
Look at what Australia has accomplished with its gun control laws. Let your voice be heard less the gun manufacturers decide the current gun control issue.
Via their NRA mouthpiece, manufacturers are fueling government paranoia. These delusional folks apparently want rapid-fire weapons to fight off the big bad government when it comes calling. So, all of us will have to pay for their paranoia by living in a much more dangerous society. Really? Are we willing to let some delusional individuals dictate to us? The Second Amendment didn't specify the type of weapon, and so we should be able to address this issue without trampling on our rights. Is just allowing single-shot rifles and nothing else so bad, considering the alternatives? Instead of spending hundreds of millions annually on funerals and gun injuries, how about spending some money on offering mental health services for these delusional folks?
While we cannot eliminate all gun risks, we can certainly reduce these risks using common sense and learning from others.
Bridge toll abomination?
The Golden Gate, Bay, San Mateo, Benicia and Martinez bridges were built using constructions bonds that were stated to be paid by collecting tolls.
What then is the real justification for collecting tolls when bonds are paid?
Particularly when current 60% of our relatively high gas taxes are earmarked for highway and bridge construction.
California gas tax of 67 cents per gallon is well above national average of
49 cents and exceeded only by New York at 69 cents.
Toll collections in any manner only create unnecessary delays and more "tax collectors".
The proposed new "Pay-by-plate" for the Golden Gate Bridge is not the solution.
Just like FasTrak it will just transfer costs to backroom jobs and increased confusion for residents and visitors alike.
Paul W. Van Etten
Proposed Safeway is not needed
This is regarding the proposed development, The Orchards at Walnut Creek. If another Safeway superstore and other stores are built in the area of Ygnacio Valley and Oak Grove roads, there will be no more orchard, prairie dogs, or open space left in our neighborhood.
The last thing this town needs is more shopping areas. Create a nice open-air educational center surrounded by trees and shrubs to block out traffic noise. Build an elevated walkway over Ygnacio and update the existing Encina Grande Shopping Center.
I am a power wheelchair user and I prefer to shop at Encina because I can go there in my wheelchair. I usually see other wheelchair users at Encina, too. Traffic on the back roads is not a problem.
We like our Safeway the way it is. The city claims the new center will create jobs. If the Safeway at Encina closes, the small businesses already there will close. People will lose jobs.
And what about the traffic? That's just what Ygnacio Valley and Oak Grove roads need -- more traffic! Leave the prairie dogs alone.