Feds didn't ask input in oyster farm closure

I am outraged by the closure of Drakes Bay Oyster Farm by the federal government for no good reason.

That the oyster farm is a harmonious addition to the bay is apparent to even a casual observer. Oysters, being filter feeders, clean the water they live in.

The sea lions at the north end of the bay put a lot of organic matter in the water and the oysters help remove it. Without their help, I believe the bay will soon resemble a toilet that can't flush.

In addition, they supply superb organic oysters to our area and good jobs to a number of people as well as offering a great weekend destination.

The federal government wants to return the area to wilderness, I don't remember them asking Californians what we want, being our state and all.

We have plenty of wilderness, we don't have plenty of oyster farms.

Drakes Bay Oyster Farm stands as a sterling example of how people can benefit the environment at the same time they are harvesting the natural plenty.

Jay Palmer

San Leandro

It's time Oakland took some serious action

When I run into clients or acquaintances in Oakland, most often the conversation is that they were robbed or someone in their neighborhood was.

In my own neighborhood, we normally have about one home burglary a day. We have home invasions and hear gunshots, and one neighbor was shot. One recent night, three people were shot at a party on Seminary Avenue.

In other neighborhoods, it seems people are shot almost daily. Is this an emergency situation? I think most Oaklanders would say yes. I also think most Oaklanders would welcome William Bratton to help reduce crime.

Bratton has had success in major U.S. cities for reducing not only crime, but violent crime. Should we be worried about him working for our city? One of the most violent cities in the U.S.? I think not.

I am pretty sure most Oaklanders, not only those in Montclair and Rockridge, but in the Fruitvale, Maxwell Park, East Oakland, and other areas all welcome Bratton.

Oakland has created a culture that is defending criminals and their actions. We must stop making excuses.

Most criminals are committing crime whether the economy is good or bad.

We have created the perfect storm for this Wild West mentality that we allow on our streets in Oakland.

Enough.

Rick Gutierrez

Oakland

Cameras are simply generating revenue

The question of whether a rolling right-on-red violation is so dangerous that it should be enforced with a nearly $500 fine has been debated for some time. We now have the definitive answer and it is a resounding no.

Let us look to one of the most highly enforced red-light camera approaches in the area. Northbound Cedar at Mowry near NewPark Mall in Newark.

In a recent three-year period, there was just one accident at that approach, a minor one attributed to a driver using a cellphone.

This one red-light camera, however, snaps photos of potential violations at the rate of 4,000 per year, a number that is not coming down but going up slightly.

The Newark Police Department reports that of the 4,161 potential violations captured by this camera last year, it issued 2,195 citations and that more than 99.2 percent are for right-turn violations. In December 2012, of 210 citations issued, only two occurred from the left turn and 208 occurred from the right-hand lane. None occurred in the through lane.

More than $1 million in fines annually to solve a nonexistent problem? Seems excessive. Wouldn't the community be better served by leaving that money in the pockets of consumers to stimulate the economy? Better that than to levy this backdoor tax onto motorists in order to fund government not to mention enriching the camera vendor from Arizona.

Roger Jones

Fremont

Entitled to opinion, but not own facts

This is regarding a recent letter titled, "President should not use Bible for oath."

The writer has the right to his opinion. But he needs to get his facts right on the Bible.

It is not a fictitious, mythical book. The names of the people and places have been proven to be real -- like Jesus. That is why I'm a Christian.

Arthur Johnson

Oakland