Wrong decision on garbage pickup

Northern Fremont garbage pick up is on Fridays. Late one recent Thursday night, customers received a phone call letting us know our garbage would not be picked up until the next Friday, to show support to their unions back east.

I have worked 37 years in construction, am a union employee, and also worked on a contract committee. One thing our union taught us was to always have the support of the citizens you work for. Allied decided to hell with its customers -- and with the city of Fremont and its agreed contract.

It would have been nice if the mayor, City Council, city manager and management of Allied Waste came out to my neighborhood and looked at my neighbors' garbage.

Larry L. Darby

Fremont

Must consider who is selling the guns

The police investigation report for the Newtown shooter describes an awkward youth who may have suffered school bullying and enjoyed video games. Hardly a remarkable profile.

The glaring risk factor was that the young man had unrestricted access to guns.

The notion that better psychological counseling would prevent such tragedies is unfounded. The gun lobby represents a lucrative and, therefore, powerful industry. And this lobby will attempt to maintain the business and profits.

Walmart sells the most guns here in the United States, and those concerned about gun violence should consider this the next time they make a shopping decision.

Greg Kalkanis

El Cerrito

Appreciates war hero story

This is regarding the recent Times article about Donald Davies of Rodeo, a World War II hero.

Thank you for sharing his story of humility, bravery and perseverance. I am from the generation created by Davies. When we saw our dads, men like Davies, smile, we never detected evidence of their struggles or their heroic actions.

My son is now 18 years old and I cannot imagine him exposed to those horrors. There is great injustice in the balance of life when heroes such as Davies assume a quiet profile as they soldier on and we take little notice.

I thank him for his service, as I thank my father and his brother.

Sharon Yost

Palo Alto

Giants ticket prices have risen too fast

Recently I read an article saying that the Giants/A's ticket prices are "on the upswing." "Upswing" is such an understatement. Let me explain:

I have been a Giants season ticket holder since the new stadium opened in 2000. That season, ticket prices were $23 per ticket. This season, ticket prices are $55 per ticket. That's a 239 percent increase over 13 seasons, or 18.39 percent per year. Yearly average of inflation for the exact same time period was at 2.51 percent.

By my calculation, Giants ticket prices are 732.9 percent higher than the rate of inflation. That's not an upswing -- that's a skyrocketing difference.

From where I sit, it is such a shortsighted strategy. When the current glory days disappear -- and they will -- this will bite the franchise in the butt big time.

Let the media and sponsorship money pay Posey's, Cain's and Lincecum's salaries -- not the fans.

R. Greenwood

Oakland

Parents raising neurotic kids

Dave Newbry's recent letter was great.

I also remember the days of playing war with imaginary guns, grenades and the like. I also remember the days in art class being able to, believe it or not, draw war scenes with guns, grenades and explosions -- all in the second grade.

It's amazing looking back; we turned out pretty normal. Just think of all the discoveries made by those who were raised in the same conditions. They got us to the moon, cured polio, invented the foundations that make today's computers possible, and the list goes on and on.

It's really sad to see children being deprived of the freedom to be children. They're being raised by adults who fear everything: germs, knowledge and ideas that differ from theirs and exposure to a real world.

It's too bad they fail to realize they are creating children, in most cases, who will grow to become neurotics and fear everything.

Hey Dave, pass me another grenade. I guess it's just you and I in this imaginary foxhole.

Alfred Camisa

Pleasanton