Will anxiously await return of Drummond

Bad news: Tammerlin Drummond, whose column is by far the Tribune's best feature, is leaving. Good news: She's planning to come back.

If she brings back some useful ideas for Oakland, so much the better. We can use them. And we definitely need her.

John Polt

Oakland

Drummond will bring new ideas with her

I am going to miss Tammerlin Drummond's column but wish her well on her sabbatical to Harvard to study urban gun violence.

After a career of chronicling Oakland's homicide epidemic, she could probably teach the course, but this opportunity will only enhance her future contributions to the community.

Throughout the years, she has been a steady drumbeat for justice for the many children and other victims of Oakland's gun violence, which has wasted so many promising young lives.

Her research has pointed out many areas where leadership and resources should be directed, such as restoring the city's former crime gun tracing program to learn where the guns are coming from and how they are getting into Oakland.

I can think of no better person to "go beyond the reporting and become part of the search for solutions."

As she said, she will not accept "that this is part of Oakland's DNA." We will not accept that either. Good luck to her and we look forward to her return.

Karen Arntzen

Vice President Contra Costa Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Pleasant Hill

Transit workers should not strike

I recently read an article regarding a transit system similar to the BART system -- perhaps serving more people than our BART system -- where is it against the law for employees to go on strike.

Yes, people have complaints there, as well. These complaints are given to a grievance committee who review all the complaints and make a decision.

This makes a lot of sense. Some people must work. Yes, we have buses. However, I doubt there would be enough buses to take care of all the people who normally ride BART. A lot of people would drive their own cars, total gridlock.

Hannah Williams

Hayward

Desalination plant is what's really needed

In response to the Aug. 19 editorial, "Steinberg offers hope for a Delta Compromise:"

I commend the Bay Area News Group for being alert on this issue for a long time. Here's a quote from an Oakland Tribune Opinion of July 20, 2008: "Pumping of water through the Delta to the Central Valley and Southern California has been sharply reduced by legal action because of increasing threats to the Delta's ecology. ... Conservation, elimination of crops that need large amounts of water and new desalination technology can go a long way toward solving California's water problems."

I say right on.

Instead of $20 billion-plus from water users for a gigantic water diversion tunnel project, we need $20 million-plus from taxpayers and water users for desalination, water reclamation and conservation projects plus dry-land agriculture research.

John Waters

Oakland

Pet owners should be more considerate

We've lived in Hayward for more than 38 years, and we've had only one pet (a dog), that is long-deceased.

However, since that time, I still find myself having to clean up after the pets of others, who don't seem to mind allowing their pets to leave their droppings on the sidewalk in front of our property and in our backyard.

We put up fences in front, back and on both sides of the house, and that helped with the dog problem. But we all know that fences don't deter cats. It's a rare occasion that I go into the back yard without having to clean up the results of some cat's nightly visit.

So I call on owners of pets of all kinds, types, breeds and sizes, to be more considerate of those among us who choose not to have pets. I know you love your pets, and I respect your right to have them, but I ask that you please not force me to clean up after them, thank you.

Clyde E. Albert

Hayward