Modern-day invasion of carpetbaggers

Recently, it was reported that the new overseer of the Oakland Police Department, Thomas Frazier, has demanded a payment from Oakland's retirement fund despite having no vested interest in said fund.

Is greed unlimited? Perhaps Oakland is being invaded by modern-day carpetbaggers.

Tom Merrick

Oakland

Paul's immigration assumptions wrong

The March 20 article, "Sen. (Rand) Paul details immigration plan," caught my attention.

In his words, "I think the conversation needs to start by acknowledging we aren't going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants." He also made another brilliant remark: "If you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you."

I know a lot of young men and women who were born here and can't find a job.

How about we send all these immigrants to Kentucky where Republican Paul lives, and let him take care of them? I think that's a great idea as we who live in California are already tired of paying taxes for people who came here and don't pay income taxes.

Dorothy Allen

San Leandro

All rods on bridge should be replaced

The March 29 editorial, "Bay Bridge bolt issue raises even more concern," must put Caltrans engineers on notice -- all bolts which aid the seismic stability of the new Bay Bridge section need replacement.

I have experience with this kind of metal failure. A machine I helped build experienced identical failure. High-strength bolts failed. Metallurgical investigation revealed hydrogen embrittlement, which causes high-strength metal to fail under stress. We needed to find out where the hydrogen came from.

I understand the Bay Bridge rods were galvanized, a final treatment before shipment. The galvanizing process creates hydrogen, which finds its way into the metal. I am certain the rods fractured in the threaded section of a rod.

All rods need to be replaced, even though all rods so far have not failed. All rods do not meet specified engineering specifications after plating.

Hans Wolff

Fremont

Sequester finances tough to understand

The sequester cuts are amusing.

To illustrate: Let's say that I went to my boss and asked for a raise from $1,000 to $1,500 a week, but he would only increase it to $1,300. Now I can complain that I got my salary cut by $200 a week. What am I missing here?

Joyce Hayward

Brentwood

Difficult aspect of horse ownership

Thank you for your March 27 article, "Horses seized, put down," that highlighted one of the most difficult aspects of horse ownership: the decision to euthanize an old friend whom we love as a family member.

Almost every horse owner will face that painful decision. It's part of the responsibility of ownership that we have toward these amazing creatures and we should never shirk it. They rely on us to take care of them and make decisions for their well being.

This story also raises the issue of the difficulty of finding retirement care for old and no longer ridable horses. The horse world in the Bay Area is shrinking as construction takes away valuable open space. Finding the right space and care for your retired horse is difficult; most of my friends have had to send their retired horses out of the area.

I'm sure Herk Schusteff was well meaning, but he ignored veterinary advice and I applaud County Animal Services for stepping in. Leaving horses to drop in their tracks is unthinkable, and I don't know anyone who subscribes to this belief.

Lucy Williams

Martinez

A's should be getting better play than Giants

Once again, I open my Oakland Tribune sports section to find the San Francisco Giants taking up half the front page, while the Oakland A's get an inch square four-game streak photo, when they're even allowed on their own front page. Really?

Charles Ray

Oakland