Writer wrong about Hayward's watering

A recent letter writer alleged overwatering at one of our facilities. The reader also suggested that Hayward Area Recreation and Park District did not understand that we are in a drought. Apparently that reader doesn't get out much.

Our parks are definitely showing the effects of our conservation efforts, as anyone who has visited them recently can attest. Since the governor declared a drought emergency in January and asked for voluntary reductions of 20 percent, we have implemented our drought plan and I am very pleased to report that a sample of invoices I just reviewed showed a 20.5 percent reduction when compared with last year.

As for East Avenue Park, the irrigation is programmed to run three days a week for 15 minutes on all valves. Without rationing, the park would be watered four days a week for 30 minutes on each valve, a reduction of almost 40 percent. Our rationing is based on a districtwide priority program. Some sites are being watered even less while others such as athletic fields have been reduced very little.

As they say, "brown is the new green" and the district will continue to do its best to be responsible when it comes to water use.

John Gouveia

General manager Hayward Area Recreation and Park District Hayward

Lee wrong in vote to send Israel weapons


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On Saturday Rep. Barbara Lee joined most of her colleagues in Congress in voting an additional $225 million to the Israeli military. This is in addition to the regular $3.5 billion annual subsidy that is regularly sent to the Israeli military, also with Lee's full support. On Sunday, Israel sent bombs on yet another United Nations school that was harboring civilians escaping Israeli bombing. The official word of the Obama administration is that it is "appalled" at this act.

Lee has also expressed many "concerns" about the violence in the region, but the weapons Lee and the rest of Congress send have proved far more effective than any words, and these weapons are quite lethal to Palestinian children and other civilians. It is time that Lee joined Amnesty International and other human rights organizations and call for a halt to all arms to Israel. Until then, Barbara Lee is but another conformist supporting, in one way or another, Israel's war and occupation.

James Harris

Richmond

Civilian deaths also caused by the U.S.

I have read many articles about the downing of Malaysia Flight 17 over Ukraine, and that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a bad guy for supplying the missile that shot down a civilian airliner.

But at the same time, the U.S. is supplying fighter jets that are carrying U.S. made rockets that are destroying property and lives in Gaza. What other arms is the U.S. selling to Israel to defend themselves and turn Gaza into a wasteland? Civilian casualties are just part of doing business for any military weapons supplier.

Robert Bean

Hayward

Death penalty must be legal, well-used

Who has more rights, convicted murderers or victims' loved ones? I'm sick and tired of liberals saying it costs too much to keep people on death row and saying executions are too painful for these evil-doers.

First: Why not execute those convicted thugs a couple of days after conviction? They are put in death row cells for who knows how long. In the meantime, they are allowed wives or girlfriends to stay with them on certain days. I guarantee enforcing the death penalty would make people think and would alleviate the murder of innocent people.

Second: People say these poor, convicted thugs go through so much pain. (People say the death takes too long and their head and body jerks.) Well, what about the families who lost loved ones? They'll feel the pain for the rest of their lives.

Let these liberal-thinking politicians change their attitude and keep the death penalty. Why not bring back the electric chair? Let the families of the victims pull the switch if desired.

In the long run, this would make murderers think twice before taking someone's life. In America, we don't allow firing squads. Some countries allow firing squads for rape or drugs.

Robert Hunziker

Fremont