Hayward must do better in downtown

I've lived in Hayward for a little more than a year now. I have seen a few great changes downtown that I am sure will bring in a little more business.

My continuing concern is for the level of comfort for moviegoers and shoppers. While walking through downtown, I have been harassed several times by guys standing in front of businesses that have closed down.

If Hayward really wants to bring in more revenue, it will do a better job getting rid of loiterers and make it more appealing for new businesses to purchase the vacant shops. One option might be to bring in businesses that cater to teenagers and young adults.

If these young men had something else better to do, they might not waste time harassing those who pass them on the sidewalk.

Rachael Meza

Hayward

State should take over BART operations

I cannot for the life of me understand why the state does not take over the running of BART.

The people are paying taxes to support BART, so why should the taxpayers suffer because BART employees want more money than most people make? Let's face it, they are not engineers or computer technicians.

We still have to pay to ride BART, as well as pay taxes to keep it running.


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They have been getting a free ride for too many years, and it's time that the state run it and get it out of the hands of the unions. If necessary, get rid of the unions.

If and when the bullet train gets going, are we going to let them have a union so whenever they want more money all they have to do is close it down with another strike?

Let's be realistic about all of this.

Walter D. Terry

Union City

A slap at those who did it the right way

An article in this paper said there are 11 million illegal immigrants.

This is a slap in the face to people who came here the legal way. They came here, learned our language, got their citizenship and paid taxes, like we Americans do.

As far as I am concerned, the illegal immigrants do no belong here unless they follow our rules. Are we supposed to help them and ignore our own people who are losing their homes and jobs, and having a hard time paying living expenses and feeding themselves?

Something is wrong with this, and if you don't think so, then there is something wrong with you.

Dorothy Allen

San Leandro

Naivete of letter writer is incredible

A July 25 letter writer stated that the "apartheid system in Israel is even worse than apartheid South Africa."

As one of the earliest members of Jewish Voice for Peace, and as someone who grew up in apartheid South Africa, I find the comparison to South Africa both inaccurate and counterproductive.

What's happening in occupied Palestine should be condemned on its own merits. And, it is different from apartheid South Africa.

The use of the word "apartheid" is loaded and doesn't help the cause. It plays into the hands of Israeli apologists who then claim that critics are on a witch hunt against Jews and Israel.

The comment of the letter writer, who said he was a psychiatrist, that "someday Palestinians and Jews can face reality and choose to live together peacefully in one egalitarian multiethnic state" and that we should "persuade the Israelis to renounce their childish and self-destructive wish to have it all" left me incredulous in its naiveté and attempt at professional diagnosis.

Richard Weiner

Oakland

One-state solution will never happen

A July 25 letter writer argues that the two-state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is dead and the one-state solution is the only answer.

I pose this question: What do you think would happen in the case of a one state if one of the surrounding neighbors, Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran, etc., declared war on the new binational single state? Do you really believe the Arab citizens of the new single state would take up arms against their Arab brethren?

Ridiculous. The Jews would be left to defend themselves from Arabs internally and externally. A single-state solution would be a death warrant for the Jews of Israel. It will never happen.

Phil Smaller

Palo Alto

Walk of Wine was a very special time

Congratulations to the city of Hayward on a successful Passeio do Vinho (Walk of Wine).

My friends and I enjoyed a delightful afternoon strolling, eating, sipping and listening to music in the downtown area.

The event was well organized, council members along with city workers participated and an atmosphere of camaraderie was present. It was nice to visit the businesses along Foothill, B and C streets.

Laura Mattos

Hayward