Hayward Loop has been a disaster
I have lived in San Lorenzo for more than 41 years, my family for more than 50. We call it not the "Hayward Loop," but rather the "Hayward Folly."
I used to frequent the businesses inside and around the new Hayward Loop, and know the area like the back of my hand. However, the Loop has made it so difficult to get to those businesses that we have decided not to shop in that area of Hayward anymore.
This is the case even though I know exactly where the businesses are. Can you imagine what tourists must be saying?
A major entrance to this area from San Lorenzo is A Street. To visit any area on that route, we have to travel the entire loop to get there, and we have to be in the correct lane when we get there, or we have to go all the way around again. It is more hassle than it is worth just to cross the street.
Hayward businesses are going to be hit hard by this, economically. It will be due entirely to the Hayward Loop. No catchy little jingle is going to make it any better. It was a bad idea that just got worse by its execution.
Traffic was not bad before the Loop when compared with surrounding areas. But now it is horrible. If confusion and chaos was what planners were going for, then they were successful.
Bills about patient care are bad ideas
Patient safety concerns are raised by the April 16 editorial supporting legislation (SB 491, 492 and 493) allowing independent practice for nurse practitioners, optometrists and pharmacists.
To increase health care access on the eve of health reform, we believe more integration of care would be a better objective. Independently assessing patients, performing surgery and prescribing drugs requires the highest level of medical education and training, and the editorial correctly ascribes such qualifications to physicians when it laments the time required for physician training versus training for these other professionals.
Integrated care between all health professionals, with physicians overseeing critical clinical decision-making, will provide optimal results. That's what the Affordable Care Act promotes, while this legislation proposes the opposite.
Experience also reveals that cost savings are illusive when lesser trained professionals practice independently, because of fragmentation and increased diagnostic testing and procedures. Moreover, underserved areas remain so because of economic factors.
The California Medical Association is promoting legislation to fund a shortage of physician training slots that forces medical students out of state, and legislation to keep paltry Medi-Cal funding from being cut even further. We hope the Legislature will agree.
Jeffrey Klingman, M.D.,
President Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association Oakland
Nation must care for its older citizens
I happen to be one of those people on Social Security and Medicare the president wants to cut.
The people working in our Capitol get many perks, but keep taking away from U.S. citizens.
My health insurance and medicines keep going up. I have to spend more on food and just about everything else.
Maybe someone can explain to me why we have money to care for the illegal immigrants who have invaded our country, but don't have money for our own citizens?
Sounds fishy to me, and makes no sense at all. The way our older citizens are being treated is totally disgusting.
China's steel inferior? How about Ohio?
An April 15 letter by Pete Laurence, "Bay Bridge fiasco shows incompetence," states that "outsourcing the steel components to communist China leads the list of outright stupidity."
Laurence implies that China, "our largest and main potential military enemy," might deliberately sabotage its steel products.
Whether the components from "communist China" are up to the task has yet to be proven, as the new bridge has not yet opened to traffic. However, one thing we do know for sure: The steel components from "capitalist United States," the Dyson Corp. of Ohio, have already shown a failure rate of 33 percent. And this was not under load, but under the stress of being installed!
This hardly inspires confidence in the superiority of capitalist American technology or metallurgy.