Why dismantle old Bay Bridge span?

What would Caltrans do if, tomorrow, the new eastern section of the Bay Bridge was destroyed by an earthquake? Would we have to wait 24 years for it to be rebuilt?

The old eastern section is in the process of being dismantled. Why -- because it is aesthetically displeasing? How much is it costing us to tear it down? How much would it cost us to do the minimum maintenance necessary to maintain it in its present state?

The eastern half of the bridge withstood the Loma Prieta earthquake; that is a fact. We have lots of hype and promises about the new bridge, but no one really knows how it would perform in a similar earthquake. It is ironically possible that the ugly old cantilever section would still be standing there overlooking the beautiful strands of the new bridge lying on the bottom of the bay.

Leave the old span standing. Surely it would take less time to reconnect it to Treasure Island than to rebuild another new bridge.

James Brennan

Walnut Creek

Paperwork fine for Obamacare, but not for voting

'I find it a bit ironic that in a brief note in the Jan. 30 Times "Our Communities in Brief" section, it is stated that the requirements to show up and discuss Covered California options at local meetings are that you must bring proof of income statements for all family members, proof of residence, proof of citizenship, Social Security number and date of birth.


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I'm waiting for the outrage from the left-leaning voters who believe this will put unfair requirements on the poor and minorities and cause medical insurance suppression among those groups. Maybe we should try requiring just one of those to be able to cast a vote?

Matt Trowbridge

Walnut Creek