Clean up the park and they will come
Much is made of the Oakland A's poor home attendance -- especially in light of the team being terrific, contending for a Western Division title and possessing a legitimate shot at making the World Series this season.
Yet a visit to the ballpark is depressing, and much of this is attributable to the downright filthy condition of the ballpark's periphery, including the appalling bridge that connects BART with the Coliseum.
Would it hurt to keep this busy arterial connector clean? How much effort is required to have this swept and power washed regularly? Doing so would let the fans know that the team and the city appreciate their patronage and respect them enough to not compel them to traverse a bridge replete with filth of all imaginable descriptions.
Much of Oakland could be improved significantly by simply increasing simple, regular maintenance of public spaces. The Coliseum and the BART station adjacent to the ballpark ought to be sparklingly clean. This is what many folks see of Oakland, and right now this entire environment is absolutely filthy.
A walk through the neighborhood is a daunting adventure not designed to enhance anyone's perception of Oakland. The area around the ballpark should be clean and safe. It is neither.
Jonathan C. Breault
America must stop our warmongering
I have questions about President Barack Obama's claim that we must attack the Syrian government -- this after we've already invaded or attacked three other Mideast nations during the last decade (not counting illegal drone assassinations in several others).
First: Can we believe our government since, as with Vietnam and Iraq, it has fabricated "evidence" before? Indeed, McClatchy journalist Mark Seibel recently published an article citing "too many holes" in the government's claims.
Second: Our recent military operations have hardly been effective. Is the Mideast at peace? Did we establish stable democracies? Are we safer? Then why should we expect yet another assault on a nation that has not attacked us to be any more successful?
Third: Who appointed the United States the policeman of the world? Should we, then, just disband the United Nations and tell the rest of the world to obey us or else?
Just how many nations are we prepared to unilaterally attack?
Finally: Are we going to continue to squander our grandchildren's inheritance on our warmongering while our cities and schools crumble?
When will we learn?
Writer missing some facts about Israel
This is regarding a Sept. 10 letter suggesting inviting Arabs back into Israel.
First, Muslims already have 56 states, 21 of them Arab. Israel is all that the Jews have.
Secondly, there is a reason that UNRWA, the U.N. agency responsible for Palestinian refugees, defines Arabs who fled Israel, as the result of the Arab inflicted 1948 war, as: "persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948." This was because there was a large influx of Arabs immigrating into Palestine while under British rule.
Robert Kennedy visited the Middle East in 1948 and in his articles to the Boston Post noted that, "The Jews point with pride to the fact that over 500,000 Arabs in the 12 years between 1932 and 1944, came into Palestine to take advantage of living conditions existing in no other Arab state. This is the only country in the Near and Middle East where an Arab middle class is in existence."
Kennedy was assassinated by Palestinian national Sirhan Sirhan on June 5, 1968.
Hyperloop -- the wave of the future
Kudos to Elon Musk. The Hyperloop, his proposal for the next breakthrough in transportation, has me excited.
Where do I sign up? Let's scrap high-speed rail.
I question Richard Muller's opinion that Musk's proposals are "completely impractical." The UC Berkeley physics professor was once a skeptic of global warming.
If we can go to the moon, I think we can go from San Francisco to Los Angeles by Hyperloop transportation!