A's getting job done, so show some support

Hey, Bay Area, the A's are doing it.

Time to go green -- lights, banners, flags, T-shirts. Go A's.

Barbara Schaaf

Oakland

Public workers deserve everlasting support

Public concern about a possible BART strike demonstrates the importance of our mass transit system.

Our assumption is that the people who provide public services will always be there for us. We take for granted that the water we drink and the air we breathe is safe, that our wastewater is processed before it returns to the Bay, that the teachers are there for our children, that our garbage will be carted away once a week, and that police and firefighters will continue to prevent crimes and put out fires.

This is a fair assumption, but when these service workers fight for a living wage, a pension that provides for a retirement with dignity and an affordable health care plan, shouldn't they be able to assume that we will be there for them in return?

We all benefit from the work the public sector provides, yet we allow ourselves to be hoodwinked by the misrepresentations of the media and elected officials when they denigrate public workers. Financers and bankers are the problem, not public servants.

Charles T. Smith

Richmond

City must revise its ticket protocols

Cities that use red-light cameras use a courtesy notice when the driver's image does not seem to match that of the vehicle owner. This notice is mailed to the owner and asks the owner to "nominate" the driver. Typically, the driver is a friend, relative or employee of the owner.

Fremont, however, in these sorts of cases issues a real ticket, not a courtesy notice. There is a world of difference.

Courtesy notices have no legal weight and can be ignored. The real tickets require the owners to pay the fine or appear in court or face real legal consequences.

To contest the citation that should not have been issued in the first place takes multiple trips to the courthouse, requiring three to six hours or more.

These tickets being issued by Fremont are made under the penalty of perjury, signed by the issuing officer, that the image captured by the camera matches the owner's description when it clearly does not.

Fremont police and the city attorney's office steadfastly defend this practice. Which offense is more egregious? Allowing someone to use your car or committing perjury?

Roger Jones

Fremont

Purdy's work should stay in South Bay

It is obvious from Mark Purdy's Sept. 20 article about Oracle Team USA and the America's Cup races that he knows very little about sailboat racing. And he couldn't care less.

I am very tired of his puffed-up and snooty articles appearing in the paper, degrading the Oakland A's and this America's Cup. This is our home newspaper and I would appreciate it if Purdy's articles stay in the South Bay.

As to the possibility of the A's moving to San Jose? The short answer: No. The long answer: No, no and no.

Kathleen Dolan

Berkeley

Help raise awareness of elephant slaughter

Recently, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton spoke eloquently at the White House about the poaching of African elephants and their expected extinction in the wild within the decade.

Likewise, Prince William was on a recent CNN special, whose topic was the wildlife on the verge of extinction in Africa.

Some 35,000 elephants were killed in 2012. Every 15 minutes, another elephant is slaughtered for his or her ivory, leaving behind orphans and beloved family. Ivory carving factories in China churn out objets d'art and trinkets from 220 tons of ivory a year.

On Oct. 4, there will be a March for Elephants in 37 cities around the world, including San Francisco. Visit www.marchforelephants.org for information and participation possibilities.

The wild elephants of Africa are fighting for their lives today. Please join us as we march to raise public awareness about their plight.

Erica Dorrington

Pleasant Hill