Now doing best in conserving water

I remember back in the 1970s when we had a drought and had to conserve our water usage.

Alameda Water District wrote us a letter and said we don't use enough water for a family of four. Here I thought I was doing such a good job of conserving water, and they send me a letter like that.

I'm not doing it as diligently as I did back then, but I'm doing the best I can.

Cathy Ledbetter

Newark

Ambassadors were exactly that for city

I am writing in praise and appreciation of the Oakland Downtown Ambassadors.

I inadvertently left my Audi A6 running and unlocked on Broadway across the street from the Paramount Theatre on the evening of June 13.

Luckily, the ambassadors noticed it, turned off the motor, tried to call me, locked the car and left me a note inside with their card indicating what had happened.

What a great story of a good deed.

Michel Venghiattis

Point Reyes Station

Bergdahl needed to be brought home

Bowe Bergdahl is a member of the U.S. military and subject to all benefits accorded uniformed personnel, including the presumption of innocence until proved guilty.

President Barack Obama took the action he did because going to this do-nothing Congress for anything would have been a waste of time because it opposes everything the president does or tries to do.

Bergdahl is subject to provisions of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, as are all military personnel, and will be dealt with accordingly, when all the facts are known.

As a father, I can only say that if my child were in enemy hands, I would want the president to spare no effort to return him/her to American soil, even if it meant giving up the Statue of Liberty or the Capitol.

The real treason occurred during the Bush/Cheney push to get us into Iraq based on phony WMD lies that started all this.

Treason is committing the entire U.S. military into a war that cost trillions of taxpayer dollars and almost 5,000 American lives -- not to mention the many severely, even critically wounded personnel -- to avenge a personal vendetta.

Clyde E. Albert

Hayward

State anti-gun laws are wrongheaded

California politicians and California voters, will you please open your eyes? Anti-gun laws and senators who write them are so wrong in what they think and the laws they pass.

Leland Yee is indicted on gunrunning charges, gets suspended but still gets a paycheck?

You or I would be in jail. And more than 280,000 people still vote for the guy? I'm embarrassed. This just shows why some people continue to vote for senators like Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. Where are the men in this state?

The rest of the country laughs at California and its leaders and the way they continue to blame objects for crimes.

If your child would ask you: Daddy, would you protect me if my life was in danger?

Considering whom you voted for and the laws you let them pass your answer would have to be: I'm sorry, my child, but I must call 911 because the laws our leaders passed do not allow me a way to protect you.

Then your child might ask: Does President Barack Obama have to call 911 to protect his children? How could you answer that?

Steven Snortum

Fremont

New BART fare is a rip-off of riders

I read that the members of the BART Board of Directors have set a $6 fare, one way, from the Coliseum station to the Oakland Airport, replacing the wonderful bus connection that costs $3. The fare from El Cerrito Plaza BART to the Coliseum station is now $5.90 round trip! What a rip-off.

Hopefully they will reconsider.

Gerry Hagopian

Richmond