Motorists must hold selves accountable

This is in reply to the recent letter, "Cyclists must also obey rules of road."

Yes, all users of the road -- bicyclist and motorist -- are already required to follow the same laws. They already can (and should) be held accountable.

I wish police could enforce every traffic law. I suspect they focus their limited resources on those using America's most dangerous lethal weapon as their primary mode of transportation, who kill more than 30,000 per year. Makes sense.

I also do not condone the behavior of lawbreaking idiots on bicycles. It's just plain wrong and it gives motorists an excuse to focus on something besides their own behaviors.

What is the economic damage and death toll associated with these morons on bikes? Yeah, that's what I thought. Motor vehicle congestion, parking, pollution and fatalities would seem to be an exponentially more important problem -- unless you're part of that problem. Then you focus on bikes.

Responsibility? On page A7 of that same day's paper: Motorist kills four pedestrians with his vehicle and gets zero prison time.

How about motorists hold themselves accountable first? Then we can focus on a far less dangerous threat -- idiots on bicycles.

Stacy Spink

Castro Valley

Editorial right about message to unions

The Dec. 16 editorial, "Results of poll send message to labor chiefs," was spot on. Unions have and continue to play a much-needed counter to organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council, composed of wealthy corporatists bent on destroying labor.

These organizations have been successful in the private sector as witnessed by stagnant and declining wages over the last three to four decades. It is the public-sector jobs that have been able to provide living wages to their members.

Unfortunately, this recent BART contract was overreach and it is time to re-evaluate the entire living wage, pension reform and health care benefits packages to bring some insight into the rampant economic inequality in our country today.

Blaming the unions for this state of affairs is exactly what people like the Kochs, Waltons and the Amway heirs want. Private corporations should come to the table and explain why the productivity gains over the past two decades have gone to the richest 2 percent of the population and why it is wrong.

Unions need to admit that their pensions are unsustainable and how they will address this. These are the most important issues of our day

Anne Spanier

Alameda

Disgusted with what pols doing to nation

Regarding the recent article on overcoming gridlock about Washington budget problems:

I am sick and tired of hearing about the cuts that may cause a partial shutdown of our government. How about cutting all the perks and salaries of all these people in charge of making the laws of our country?

These guys and gals in Washington couldn't agree on the weather. They don't deserve the pay they get because they can't seem to work together.

In all my years, I have never seen it so bad. They should all be ashamed of themselves.

I am sure there are many besides myself who are totally disgusted with what is being done to our country and to our citizens. Their behaviors is uncalled for and childlike.

Dorothy Allen

San Leandro

Thanks for fabulous medical treatment

I feel blessed to have a medical plan that allows me to have fabulous medical care. I was recently treated for breast cancer. Every facet of Washington Hospital, Washington West Women's Center and HERS (the breast cancer shop) has been grade A. The doctors, nurses, support staff, gift shop and volunteers are super and go beyond the call of duty.

I recently attended "Think Pink," which is such a fun event for the whole community as well as lectures given by their highly qualified staff.

Thank you to all the folks at Washington Hospital, the women's center and HERS all for your compassion and concern. Keep up the good work.

Madelyn Rudy

Fremont