Support our schools but not Measure A
Like most Piedmont property owners, seniors as well as non-seniors, I strongly support the schools as a matter of enlightened self-interest. Measure A, however, has several disturbing aspects:
Temescal not just for yuppie newcomers
In her Feb. 22 Town Crier column, Ginny Prior refers to the Temescal area as "still a little rough around the edges."
I'm guessing that she's referring to the low-income immigrants and Oaklanders of color who can't afford to dine at Pizzaiolo or Burma SuperStar, perhaps to the gents on the avenue who seem to be "between jobs."
Like Ms. Prior, I'm pleased that gutsy people are investing in Oakland, tossing the dice and gambling on success. But, apparently unlike her, I also know that many of the neighborhood's residents have been there for decades and that for many life has been rough and not just around the edges.
They are not young and hip and able to afford three squares, much less eating out; but they are Oaklanders, and Temescal belongs to them as much or more than to the pioneering newcomers and their patrons.
Budget showdown is risking too much
As a former Bay Area federal employee, I'm worried about the consequences of sequestration and subsequent furloughs of federal employees in our state.
There are thousands of hardworking federal employees in California who won't be able to fully do their jobs, such as safely landing commercial airline jets at the San Francisco, Oakland or San Jose airports or investigating and prosecuting violations of federal laws that protect our health, welfare and economy.
Sacrificing our nation's federal employees and the services they provide to this country is not an acceptable solution to our nation's budget dilemma.
I hope Sens. Feinstein and Boxer, along with their colleagues, can find a solution that does not weaken our federal workforce and the vital services it provides us all before it's too late.
Bridge celebration to be money wasted
We hope it is not too late to be counted as being opposed to the Bay Bridge celebration as it is planned.
What an incredibly monumental waste of our money when not only our schools and services for the truly needy are in such dire straits, but the transportation systems need more support as well.
Wouldn't opening up only the new portion of the bridge to walkers be the most important and more feasible way to celebrate?
A fence would not have to be rented, erected and taken back down, and those wishing to make the walk could be charged a reasonable fee to cover the bus ride from a BART station to the bridge entrance and a bus ride back from Treasure Island to designated stops or BART stations.
I think the majority of Bay Area residents are just happy the bridge is almost done and the bumps (hopefully) gone that warn about the curve ahead.
Cathy and John Francioch