Organization does great work for 30 years

Tri-Valley CAREs celebrates its 30th anniversary this year! I joined the group in 1988 and am presently serving on the board of directors. We have grown from a small group of Livermore residents in 1983 to more than 5,000 members now.

Through dedicated advocacy, we have spoken truth to power and stopped the creation of new nuclear weapons; made sure community members have had a voice in decisions that impact their lives; demanded cleanup of nuclear waste in our air, soil and water; and worked toward a conversion of Livermore Lab to a nuclear weapons-free "green" lab.

We invite you to join us as we seek a peaceful and equitable society for our children and ourselves. With your help we can win new victories in our 30th anniversary year. Look for various events coming up in 2013 on our website at www.trivalleycares.org.

Jo Ann Frisch

Livermore

Group very helpful to lab employees

Hello, Livermore neighbors. I've lived in Livermore for my entire 55 years, minus a couple of years while I was in the U.S. Marine Corps and traveling. My family lived in Livermore all of this time.

My dad worked at the Livermore Lab for 32 years as a math scientist and computer programmer. He was the best father a son could have, and I miss him dearly. He died of cancer two summers ago. His illness was determined to have been more likely than not caused by his exposures at the lab. The Labor Department has a compensation program that has money set aside for Energy Department employees like my dad and their survivors.

In my case, I needed some help with the Labor Department's application process. I received that aid here in Livermore from Scott Yundt, the staff attorney at Tri-Valley CAREs. Scott also facilitates a support group for workers and their families. Interested members of the community can contact him at scott@trivalleycares.org or at 443-7148.

Richard A. French

Livermore

Enforce traffic regulations on our highways

I don't travel the freeways routinely, but I have had occasion to travel between Pleasanton and Stockton a number of times during the past few weeks.

This is, of course, open freeway and probably fairly typical of California freeways. I have had time to critically observe freeway driving patterns and faults.

The first thing I take issue with is the silly dual speed limits, trucks versus autos. That should be changed to one speed limit for all traffic. Truck drivers pay no attention to their 55 mph limit. They travel along with the going speed of the surrounding auto traffic.

My next issue is that many passenger car drivers also pay little attention to the speed limit. If the posted limit is 65, the flow of traffic will be on the order of 70, with a significant percentage of the drivers doing 75 and some idiot drivers weaving in and out of traffic at well beyond 75. This then prompts many trucks to also go with the traffic flow. Now at 70 they are exceeding their limit by 15 mph. I don't recall seeing a truck pulled over for an apparent speed violation. Evidently, even the CHP have become hardened and don't see the 55 mph limit for trucks.

If the state insisted that drivers obey the posted speed limits, energy would be saved, accidents would be fewer and less violent and therefore fewer severe injuries and deaths would ensue. With tongue in cheek, I here propose a way for Gov. Brown to balance the state budget: hire 400 or 500 more CHP officers and demand that the highway laws be rigidly enforced. Well, on second thought, maybe this is not in jest. Why have speed limits if they are ignored with impunity?

Paul L. Anderson

Pleasanton

Back move to get big money out of politics

It's time to change the American way of conducting elections. Imagine if the nearly $6 billion spent on Election 2012 were invested in education or our crumbling infrastructure. Unfortunately, it will take a constitutional amendment to allow Congress to pass laws regulating the amount of money spent on campaigns. A bill called the We the People Amendment has been introduced in the House by U.S. Reps. Rick Nolan, of Minnesota, and Mark Pocan, of Wisconsin. If passed, only flesh-and-blood human beings will be due constitutional rights, and money will not be speech.

Big money buys government to protect profits, not people. The food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, the environment we live in, the wages we earn, the health care we depend on and the safety of our infrastructure are all negatively impacted by big money. Getting big money out of politics is supported by a significant majority of both major political parties, but it will happen only if we the people tell our elected officials to support the We the People Amendment.

Eloise Hamann

Dublin

Local bus route should include new BART stop

I received my copy of "Bus Tracker" in the mail, and while the booklet looked impressive, I was disappointed that there is still no service to any County Connection bus route from the new West Dublin BART station.

My wife and I live in San Ramon along the No. 36 route, and for many years have used public transportation from our home to get to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station east of Dougherty Road. We've been hoping ever since the West Dublin BART station opened that the No. 36 would take an apparently easy two-block southward dip from Dublin Boulevard to provide service to that station. Is there any way to make an official request or suggestion to include the West Dublin BART station on the No. 36 route? It seems like it would be a very easy change to make. Thank you.

Gary Fong

San Ramon

Bag ban a front for grabbing money, power

On Mr. Rosenberg's letter urging the ban of plastic for Contra Costa, part of his letter is almost word-for-word from the "information" put out by the ban-the-plastic-bag people.

In the two page "information" to retailers on the ordinance, "plastic" is used only once. What the ordinance is really all about is to force us to buy reusable bags made by a private recycling company. The 10-cent paper bag will increase to 25 cents on Jan. 1, 2015! Well, I can see how dangerous plastic bags are, but I do not understand how a group of 17 elected officials have created an "authority" formed by joint-exercise-of-powers agreement. So that they can interfere with the right of commerce to develop good will and good customer service by supplying a bag to carry out our purchases?

And then, the enforcement and administration will be done by Stopwaste.org. a private recycling company in Oakland! Contra Costa be aware, Stopwaste.org's next target is lawns! Every time the environmentalists make a new regulation, another one of our freedoms are taken away. I want my life, liberty and pursuit of happiness and customer service.

Mary Valens

Castro Valley