Hayward Loop is not for local residents

Regarding the Hayward Loop, I have lived in Hayward for 76 years and say what the heck? The Hayward Loop is not for people who live in Hayward. It is for the out-of-towners.

People who live, work and shop in Hayward are at a loss. The side streets are becoming a way to bypass the Loop -- or should I say "whoops."

Virginia Ferea

Hayward

Cleanup crew wasn't exactly cleaning up

One recent Wednesday, a city of Oakland crew was cleaning up Madrone Path in the Laurel district.

They used string trimmers and then cleaned up the large debris. Then one man started using a blower. He blew all the small debris -- including rocks, grass, cuttings, dirt -- through the cyclone fence onto my property. The supervisor came down, looked around and then they both left.

It left me with an hour and half to clean up the mess they left me.

Gerald Scheberies

Oakland

Yosemite should complete draft plan

I offer an alternative view to the recent editorial, "Yosemite plan would take away the fun."

The author asserts a recent lawsuit precipitated the Yosemite plan, and in the short view that is true.

My opinion is the litigation has its roots in unfinished business, specifically the failure of Park and Curry Co. to complete the Yosemite Draft Plan of 1978.

The removal of rental equipment would hamper fun for travelers, and admittedly, bike rentals have little to do with river bank erosion. I do not agree a person having fond memories requires P&CC to provide rental equipment.

I support the NPS Yosemite plan with minor differences. The purpose of revised usage is preservation for future enjoyment and healthy recreation. Wise preservation requires hard work to accomplish more than cosmetic manipulation and enhanced convenience.

Citizens with the time and commitment to achieve long-term goals need to examine options and take sometimes unpopular actions. Success will require battles against extremism, commercialism, private license and even popular media bias and political influence.

I would also reduce valley occupancy by moving non-visitor housing to El Portal/Foresta, increase electric buses, reduce valley parking, move JM Trail parking to Tioga Road, and move businesses like art and photography to entrance areas.

Robert Bush

Fremont

Barking dogs disturb neighbors

Why can't neighbors control their barking dogs? What has happened to being a "good neighbor"?

It seems there is little effort by many dog owners to stop this invasion of peace and quiet in our neighborhoods.

There are neighbors who say they can't control their barking dog, even though I have offered to pay for a bark collar for the dog. Neighbors who say their pet isn't the dog that's barking, even after actually showing them their dog is barking. Neighbors who get another dog to keep their dog from being "lonely," only to now have two dogs barking in their backyard!

Dogs bark because they are bored, mostly because their owners neglect them. No attention, no walks and little affection is given to them. Feeding and cleaning up after pets is not enough.

Animal control will send two letters to the owner of the barking dog, followed by a visit by an animal control officer after the third complaint. But that is all they can do. People know they won't face any penalty and they just don't care if they are "bad neighbors."

Tim Rooney

Martinez

Conservative columns abound

I am writing to express my dismay that the Times has so many conservative nationally syndicated columns. This week it was Thomas Sowell, David Brooks, George Will and Charles Krauthammer.

Contra Costa County is populated by a large and diverse group of residents and our local newspaper should reflect diverse viewpoints.

If your editorial board only consists of conservatives, then, to reflect our county better, I submit it is time for the Times to replace a few of those members with people who will bring different voices to its editorial page. We deserve better.

Maggie Reeves

Orinda

Lobby for the unborn to exist

In order to keep another business from going belly-up, it sounds more like President Barack Obama is fighting for the right of Planned Parenthood to exist.

I wish he would lobby as hard for the right of the premature, yet unborn, to exist.

Is it convenient for a sitting president to involve himself in personal family matters other than his own?

Anna Koepke

El Sobrante