Cyclists must learn to obey rules of road

Please will someone try to convince today's cyclists that so long as they use public highways, they are subject to the rules of the road?

I seldom see any cyclist put his foot down at a stop sign and, in the past four weeks, I've seen two sail through red lights. Daily, I see them cycling the wrong way down one way streets, even in the dark. On the sidewalk, I've been shouted at from behind to move to the side out of their way. Once, I was nearly hit full on as I rounded a corner on a pedestrian pathway.

All this lawbreaking is dangerous, not only to surrounding motorists and pedestrians, but to the cyclists themselves. No wonder I found myself less than sympathetic when I saw a young man fly off his cycle while trying to speed across an intersection in front of a car that clearly had the right of way.

Is there no way to enforce the law on this? License plates for cyclists? Registration fees and test drives for cyclists as for motorists? More citations?

Mary Rosenberg

El Cerrito

Courtesy lacking at graduation event

My wife and I recently attended our grandson's high school graduation at Tak Fudenna Stadium, where Fremont high schools hold their graduation ceremonies.

The graduates were reminded of their praiseworthy efforts toward graduation and the lessons learned on the way to that important event. Unfortunately, many of the graduates' families and guests forgot one of life's important lessons: Common courtesy.

Polite applause seems to be a thing of the past for many in attendance. The screams and the ubiquitous air horns often drowned out the names of the next graduate -- or the next two or so -- to receive a diploma.

So, while one family let everyone know who their graduate was, often the next graduates went unnoticed. You did not hear your son's or daughter's name because of the commotion we were causing? Too bad, but we really enjoyed our little celebration.

The salutatorians and the valedictorians worked hard on their speeches. You couldn't hear them because we were talking and getting caught up? Oh, well, too bad for you, but we needed to have that extended conversation.

Our graduate received his or her diploma, so our entourage needed to get up and leave before the end of the ceremony. Oh, we blocked your view and disturbed the rest of the folks around us? Too bad.

Unfortunately, the administrators at our ceremony chose not to remind the audience of some simple rules about air horns, extended and loud cheering, and other disruptive behaviors. That may not have made a difference, but it would have been a reasonable request.

Bob Douglass

Fremont

Obama must stop Keystone pipeline

For the past six years, I've stood as a hopeful supporter of the Obama administration -- excited for the president's vision of America.

Having a leader who understands the importance of a cleaner and more honest country is something I support and witness; so I put my foot down at Vice President Joe Biden's fundraiser in San Francisco on June 14, to see those visions become reality by rejecting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would pump more than 830,000 barrels of toxic tar sands oil daily through six American states on its way to export, worsening climate disruption and putting the health of millions of Americans at risk.

Tar sands is oil on steroids, containing carcinogens like benzene and aromatic hydrocarbons that are unsafe for people to breathe. And producing a barrel of tar sands oil creates three times more climate-disrupting air pollution than a barrel of conventional oil.

On May 8, Biden told a Sierra Club activist that he shares our views against the building of the Keystone XL pipeline. It is now up to us to hold the Obama administration to those words, and demand that the president stop the monstrosity of the Keystone XL pipeline and offer Americans better options through clean energy jobs, green transportation and energy efficiency.

The time is now for the Obama administration to take action on the climate crisis. I'm one of hundreds of thousands of supporters demanding the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Sarah Malik

Fremont