An easy solution for high-speed rail

The high-speed rail plan should be this simple:

1. Build the system at taxpayers' expense.

2. Do a taxpayer-funded study and discover that there are earthquake faults in California.

3. Tear down the rail system at taxpayers' expense.

4. Use taxpayers' money to build Elon Musk's transport tube along I-5.

George Hughes

Fremont

Loop has made a mess of Hayward

I have lived in Hayward for 30 years, and since the Southland Mall was built, downtown Hayward has worked to revitalize itself.

The Loop, which was completed recently, has killed any possibility of revitalizing downtown Hayward. In fact, stores are closing, there is nowhere to park, and people are driving on Foothill Boulevard as if it were a freeway, making it almost impossible to get from one side of Hayward to the other without cutting through side streets.

Evidently, people who engineered the Loop don't live or shop in Hayward. The money could have been better spent in the neighborhoods, paving the streets, putting in sidewalks and up-to-date lighting.

Downtown Hayward is now a mess.

Caroll Fowler

Hayward

Where were the other city officials?


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First a big thank you to Oakland City Councilwoman Desley Brooks for assisting with the Damian Lillard Community Picnic.

Damian wanted to do something to give back to the community where he grew up -- Brookfield Village. He gave out more than 200 backpacks with supplies, lunch bags and T-shirts to the children. There was local entertainment, jumpers and games for the children to play.

A special thanks to the Black Cowboys Association for bringing horses and giving the kids horse rides around the park. Thanks to Fire Department Engine 55 for its generosity and cooking for 400 people.

I only wish more council members and our mayor had attended as well. Where was Larry Reid? This happened in his district.

A local kid does something good and it goes unnoticed. Sad to think that if something bad had happened, the media would have been there with bells and whistles and Larry Reid could've given us another "unfortunately, this is what happens in the flatlands" quote.

Thank you, Desley Brooks and, thank you, Damian Lillard.

Vanessa Johnson-Miller

Oakland

Stop worrying about Bay Bridge troll

The Bay Area news media is paying way too much attention to the bridge troll. It was placed out of sight because attention was not wanted or needed.

Whether it is replaced, moved or forgotten is not any of our business and is not newsworthy. Knock it off.

Dave Ewing

San Pablo

Brown using wrong approach on prisons

Unbelievable. Gov. Jerry Brown wants to take an estimated $1 billion out of the current state budget away from schools and social services to use toward solving overcrowding in the prison system. This is a Band-Aid approach, and it is also ruthless and harmful to funding for education and other services.

The children who are harmed today by budget cuts to education are the kids who will be overcrowding the prisons 10 to 15 years from now. This is an irresponsible approach on the part of Governor Brown to fund prison expansion to meet the federal court order.

Why is it always education that has to suffer? Why don't the politicians see the value of investing in every child so we can ensure a future population of educated adults? There are statistics all over the Internet to support the fact that education reduces crime.

If Governor Brown would like a long-term solution to the overcrowding problem, he should stop cutting the budget for education.

Andrea Finley

Fremont

Take no military action in Syria

American loss of face, presidential credibility undermined if the United States does not attack Syria? What nonsense!

Male chauvinism at its rankest. It takes more guts to not attack Syria.

It's absurd to claim President Obama is weak and the United States loses trust. Military attacks only kill dedicated young Americans in far off places. Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan -- tens of thousands of body bags, mutilated/broken bodies, fractured families, suffering for the rest of their lives, millions of refugees, unforeseen dire consequences.

Every time the United States unleashes bombs, human beings get killed, infrastructure is destroyed, failed states result, militants take over, hatred for the United States increases.

People in the overpopulated, steeped-in-religious-hatred Middle East are quite capable of killing one another without U.S. help.

When will our country realize militarily trying to establish phony, jury-rigged democracies, later hijacked, doesn't work?

Take action? Yes, marshal world opinion against the use of chemical weapons.

But no war in Syria!

John Schank

San Pablo