Bridge tolls

I REMEMBER when bridge tolls were 75 cents.

Since they were "standardized" at $1 in 1989, they have increased rapidly. The last increase was put to a vote — another $1 that was supposed to be used for South Bay traffic, road projects that had nothing to do with the bridges.

I considered it an unfair tax on bridge users, but, of course, it passed easily. It's easy to vote for a tax or toll if you won't have to pay it.

A Dec. 31 article, "Carpoolers not sitting for bridge toll plan," cited "three reasons for the latest proposed toll increase: seismic improvements needed for the Antioch and Dumbarton bridges, a decline in bridge traffic and toll revenue and the tight credit market."

It seems to me what that decline in bridge traffic and tolls is telling us is that fewer people are willing to pay a higher toll and either are car pooling or just not using the bridge.

Increasing the toll to $5 is an easy answer, but not necessarily the right one.

How much work do you see on the Dumbarton every day versus how many tolls are collected? Certainly more money than I see being spent on the bridge.

I would like to know exactly how the money collected now is spent before I pay a higher toll.

Kathy Kiaski

Newark

Wake up America

A DANGEROUS plan to help illegal immigrants, called "Bank On California," is coming to all states under other names.


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Americans should be aware what treasonous people are doing to this country.

Illegal immigrants cost American taxpayers billions of dollars each year. It's a coup by invading countries. Why isn't our military protecting our borders?

A host of treasonous people in our government and pro illegal groups have launched a campaign to make Americans accept illegals and amnesty. Don't fall for it.

They have cooked up a scheme with the biggest banks in the nation (the ones that we, the taxpayers, have just bailed out with $1 trillion) to give illegal immigrants bank accounts and loans.

They are legitimizing the Mexican Matricula Consular and Central American Consular ID's.

The intent is to allow the illegal immigrants to launder the money they make illegally and integrate it with the nation's major financial networks.

Illegal immigrants are destroying our upcoming generation's future.

The "Bank on California" money laundering scheme may do for the state what the mortgage meltdown did for the nation.

Lois Davis

Fremont

Poor cartoon

INSENSITIVE, BIASED and shocking are some of the ways I would describe the Jan. 3 cartoon on page A15, the very day Israel, not satisfied with one week of continuous aerial bombardment, rolled its tanks into the already miserable situation named Gaza.

Children are being murdered in their beds (the five little sisters immediately come to mind) while other children are being jailed, some in solitary confinement, for refusing to be part of the horror.

I urge everyone to look into the plight of the Shministim, high school students who are resisting being drafted into the Israeli army because they believe the occupation of Palestine is wrong.

You can read their story and support them, if you feel so inclined, at www.december18th.org

For a further balanced perspective to the cartoon, please check out Jewish Voice for Peace and If Americans Knew.

Jane Bark

Fremont

Hamas' resolution

I WAS horrified by the cartoon run on page A15 on Jan. 3.

It ran through the average New Year's resolutions and credited Hamas with a typical New Year's resolution of "killing the Jews."

Hamas' goal is peace.

To the common observer, it would not seem that way and we can thank the American media for stifling the truth about what is happening in Gaza.

It is genocide. The Jews did not like it during Hitler's reign in World War II. Why is it acceptable now for the people in Gaza?

The truth is that the Zionists in Israel (I'm not saying Jews) stole the Palestinians' land and the only thing Hamas is guilty of is taking a stand for the Palestinian people.

People in Gaza have been starved, left without clean water, sanitary services, medical supplies, electricity and any other type of power. They are a besieged people.

This is not a war. The women and children and rest of the citizens in Gaza have no way to fight back.

This is mass murder, and the United States is standing quietly by and watching. Silence is complicity.

The cartoon made a mockery of the Palestinians' plight in Gaza. That is unacceptable.

Dawn Cisek

Union City