Asiana crash is not the fault of Boeing Corp.

The Aug. 9 article by Dan Nakaso about the lawsuit being brought against Boeing Aircraft Corp. because of the crash of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport brings up another mark against our ambulance-chasing legal establishment.

I am a retired professional aviator with more than 22,500 hours of flight time, much of it in Boeing aircraft. Between the U.S. Air Force and the original United Airlines, my career spanned more than 36 years. I have made thousands of approaches, instrumental and visual, into SFO. The idea that Boeing shares in the fault because of the lack of yet another bit of software in the cockpit is ludicrous.

There were three legally qualified Asiana Airlines pilots in that cockpit, at least two airspeed indicators and two altimeters and the weather was clear. How can some missing software cause the blame for the accident to be shifted toward Boeing? What was missing was at least one voice saying "Hey, guys, don't you think we are too slow and way too low?"

Donald Merucci

Pleasanton

Reason BART stop downtown being opposed

This letter responds to R.S. Allen. More people want the Livermore BART station downtown, including voters not tied to the petition. The only real reason why Allen and the petition promoters want the stations on the freeway is because they want to control who comes to downtown and the do not want certain elements visiting Livermore.


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The City Council needs to take action and not put the measure talked about at the June13 meeting on the ballot. The less costly route does not make funds available for other BART projects; so that is a lie. Shame on you Allen!

Octavio October

Livermore

Abortion doctor distorted views of opposition

I'm amazed at how far the pro-abortion side will go to try to make pro-lifers look bad. Recently in Pleasanton, the abortionist Dr. Forrest Smith tried to intimidate a group of Christians praying near his clinic by standing in front of them with a huge sign that read "Kill All Abortionists." This was designed to make the Christians look bad. Times are tough when the abortionist himself carries a "kill abortionists" sign.

I called the police to explain that the sign was obscene and that our group would not kill an abortionist or a baby in the womb because all human life is God's sacred creation. We asked the police to protect us from an angry, threatening abortion provider.

Why is he irate? He advertises on his website as "one of the longest practicing and most highly experienced early- and late-term abortion physicians still alive in the United States." He says he does abortions up to 24 weeks and that this is "a two- or possibly three-day procedure." He's bragging about his abortion prowess, so why the temper tantrum when people gather to pray and offer assistance for the babies and their moms?

Mary Arnold

Pleasanton

Don't fall for the latest real estate bubble

Before the home prices crashed in 2008, there were 28 million subprime/risky loans nationwide. Such loans and price-rise illusion placed families in homes they could not afford. When they abandoned their homes, they suffered enormous financial and psychological damage. The banks suffered heavy losses. On the government sponsored loans, taxpayers lost approximately $200 billion.

Those who never missed a mortgage payment also suffered a loss in their home values. Now after five years, only 45 percent of the lost value has been recovered nationwide. An overly enthusiastic real estate industry, along with a government policy of low interest rates to boost the economy quickly, has put the housing market on the same path again in the S.F. Bay Area. It is getting bubbly.

In this buyer-beware market, the buyer must thoroughly investigate comparables of at least 18 months. Note that some unfavorable comps are concealed from public record against the buyer's interest. The current mortgage rate seems artificially low and is likely to jump to a more realistic 7 percent, with a negative impact on home prices. Rushing to beat the rising interest rate could result in suffering a loss in the market value of the purchased home.

Suggested criteria for selecting the safe price range is (a) a 25 percent down payment, (b) a mortgage payment not exceeding 20 percent of monthly income and (c) reserve funds for six months of payments if income stops. The government may also amend its policy to protect buyers and serve the public interest better.

T.S. Khanna

Alamo Foundation for Better Government

Lab not serious enough about worker safety

On June 25 three workers in the plutonium facility at Livermore Lab were exposed to a significant quantity of plutonium-238, a highly toxic radioactive isotope that accumulates in the bones, on a table used to receive bag-out bottles of waste solution from a glovebox. One worker also detected contamination on his coveralls.

The continuous air monitors in the room did not alarm to alert the workers of the contamination. The level of contamination was categorized as a "Large Event" per the Facility Safety Plan. It has come to light that the lab's program and facility management have not yet incorporated many of the recommendations from a plutionium-238 best practices benchmarking effort. When health and safety protocol at the lab are not a priority, these kinds of accidents happen. I fear for what will happen to the exposed workers down the line. I also fear for the community's safety given the lab's plan to bring new plutonium bomb cores for testing from Los Alamos when they cannot safely handle the small quantities that currently remain.

Jo Ann Frisch

Livermore