Letter is wrong about Warren Hall work

A July 25 letter to the editor provided inaccurate information that mischaracterized costs associated with Warren Hall, the former administration building on Cal State East Bay's Hayward Campus that is set to be demolished in August because of seismic risk.

The letter writer incorrectly said that funds were spent a few years ago to remove Hall's top two stories and then to retrofit the building to make it earthquake safe. While that option had been discussed by Cal State officials in the past, no such funds were spent for that purpose and no seismic retrofitting occurred.

It is hoped that the letter writer's mind will be put at ease knowing no funds were wasted to alter a building set to be demolished within the next month. Instead, state funds were wisely invested for maximum safety and functionality in a new building.

Brad Wells

Vice President for Administration and Finance Chief Financial Officer California State University, East Bay

Oakland councilwoman like McCarthy in '50s

I attended three hours of the special council session to consider censure of a member of the Oakland City Council, Desley Brooks.


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The audience was raucous, preventing me from hearing part of what was said by council members. It was the sight of Brooks waving documents that suddenly gave me an ominous feeling of déjà vu. Where had I seen and heard the same?

Suddenly, I was hearing Sen. Joe McCarthy in the Senate hearing, June 17, 1954. I had just turned 31. Now having just turned 90, I am reliving that shameful moment. Where is Oakland's Joe Welch to say, "And finally, Senator, have you no sense of decency?"

Finally, Desley, have you no sense of decency?

Barbara Newcombe

Oakland

Add more cars, seats to the new BART trains

My concern with the newly designed BART cars with fewer seats relates to the elderly and the disabled.

Baby boomers are getting older, whether we like it or not, and fewer BART seats means more elderly and disabled people standing on the trains. I think this is extremely dangerous regardless of how fast or slow the trains are moving.

Unfortunately, this is a very litigious country and I fear that BART will lose more money on lawsuits than it is saving on removing seats and adding more room for people to stand.

I would recommend adding more BART cars to each train, even if they are longer than the platforms. People can walk through the cars like they do in other cities like NY's Long Island Rail Road.

Bottom line: More train cars and more seats, not fewer. That's what I recommend for long-term safety, less overall costs and increased revenues.

Barbara Bernstein

Berkeley

Boycott Florida items until gun law repealed

My opinion, or anyone's for that matter, is completely irrelevant as to whether George Zimmerman should or should not have been acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin. That time has passed. A jury of his peers decided he was not guilty of a crime in the state of Florida. We have to think about the future.

As of now, it is not illegal in Florida to follow a suspicious individual after being specifically told not to do so by a 911 dispatcher, confront them, engage in a physical altercation with them, lose the fight, decide you are in fear for your life and pull the trigger to kill the individual.

We need to protect future Trayvon Martins from future wannabe neighborhood heroes who only feel tough when they are holding a gun and harassing someone they think is weaker than them. Under Florida law, what Zimmerman did is not illegal.

We need to refuse to travel to Florida and buy products from the state until the Stand Your Ground law is repealed. If the citizens of Florida are as troubled by this verdict as I am, they too should demand the law be repealed, seeing as how they have more say in the matter than those of us outside the state.

Sean Latimer

Fremont

Why do we have such idiotic protesters?

Why do we have such idiotic protesters that have to destroy property to make a point?

George Zimmerman should never have been prosecuted. The prosecutors caved in to public pressure, which cost the taxpayers a lot of treasure and time.

Where were all the protesters when O.J. Simpson was found "not guilty?"

Roland Mueller

San Pablo