Safety before trees

Walnut Creek Mayor Kristina Lawson sent an email to residents opposing the PG&E Pipeline Pathway plan, which would improve inspection, maintenance and safety of natural gas pipelines.

We wish the mayor would reconsider her position, because we all depend upon the safe delivery of natural gas -- with no sudden surprises like leaks and explosions -- that this PG&E program seeks. (Search for "PG&E Pipeline Pathway plan" on the Internet.)

Those Walnut Creek residents concerned about Lawson's view cite these benefits of the PG&E Pipeline Pathways plan:

  • Safety from gas pipeline leaks and future fires or explosions;

  • Lower future costs of natural gas for Walnut Creek;

  • Trees over natural gas pipelines are an issue just as trees under electrical wires provide hazards;

  • Removal of problematic trees (less than 1 percent) in Walnut Creek in the name of public safety is good for all residents of Walnut Creek.

    This is one issue where safety really comes first.

    Wes Henderson

    Walnut Creek

    Trees: There must be a better way

    PG&E (Plunder, Graft and Extortion) has some nerve. I cannot believe they want to cut down our trees so they can have better access to the natural gas pipeline. Get real!

    One would think that for a half-billion dollars, PG&E could have come up with a much better way to access the pipeline without cutting down all those trees. What are they thinking? Or are they thinking? Or is this just another way to cover their incompetence?

    Let's fight PG&E all the way and make them come up with a better solution to their problem.

    Maryann Sheridan

    Walnut Creek

    Haven't seen casualty counts reported

    A recent letter submitted to the Times prompts me to ask, "Why is the media suddenly silent about the loss of American lives in Afghanistan?"

    The writer I refer to says, "When Bush was president, military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan were reported in the news daily. We seldom hear what is really going on there now."

    The onerous "rules of engagement" imposed on our fighting forces by the Obama administration as they battle a foreign ideology in a foreign land quite often makes them simply cannon fodder or "sitting ducks," yet our media has chosen to no longer keep us informed as to the casualty count. Why is that?

    Selma Soss

    Walnut Creek