Wells Fargo helps folks?

I read with interest Friday's article about Wells Fargo. I predict that if the housing market begins to improve, we will see more and more articles that make it appear that banks like Wells Fargo are really helping folks and are helping to mend the housing market. But let's not forget that these are the same guys that were the big players that helped cause the crisis in the first place and have barely begun to be part of the solution. Just ask anyone you might know who has tried to modify a Wells Fargo or Wachovia loan. The number of modifications that Wells Fargo has completed pales in comparison to the number of foreclosures they have done, including military families. And the abuses and the lawsuits, and money spent on litigation is staggering, another sad part of the story. Let us never forget what these big banks did to our economy. And above all remember, they are only interested in making as money as they can, helping families is only driven by that fact.

Dave Byron, Soquel

Let's tour Safeway come January

I work in the grocery industry and I think that the timing of Safeway's back room tours is interesting to say the least. The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is when inventory is at its peak. Things look very different come January and February. I challenge Safeway to show their back room after the holidays and see if they are still able to justify such a large expansion.

Billie Roberts, Aptos

The train kept a rolling

As I freely sat trying to understand the dilemma of determinism, it grew louder, I say, louder every moment! Amid the dreadful silence the incessant whistle grew louder by the moment. I peered deeply into my nonfat soy latte no-whip caramel sugar-free vanilla macchiato. The yin and yang foam symbols for which the barista worked their magic on for only 50 minutes began to dissipate but low, that whistle. It never stopped.

Yet the sound increased -- and what could I do? It was a low, dull, quick sound -- I gasped for breath, but the noise steadily increased. Oh God! What could I do? I foamed -- I raved -- I swore! I swung the chair upon which I had been sitting, and grated it upon the boards, but the noise arose over all and continually increased. It grew louder -- louder! But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision! And now -- again -- hark! Louder! Louder! Louder! Louder. In a high key and with violent gesticulations; but the noise steadily increased. Why would they not be gone? Be gone train, be gone.

Douglas Cole, Soquel

'Bout time the city corrected the facts

Don Lane said the city wants to correct the facts in connection with the appellate court ruling which unanimously invalidated the city's EIR for UCSC growth. It does sees surprising that the city would have waited until now to try and correct the facts. While they're at it, perhaps they might be willing to answer some questions for the public. Does the city intend to consult water customers about its quiet decision to require district customers to reduce consumption by an amount equal to any additional water provided for all future UCSC growth? Perhaps showering only once a week with the entire family would be a fun way to achieve this, especially for student households. Will the city inform customers that in dry years, everyone would need to conserve an extra 11 gallons per day beyond any other conservation requirements in order to accommodate the proposed UCSC expansion? And, by the way, is the city going to be able to provide the protective stream flows for endangered coho salmon that the Department of Fish & Game asked for in September? Just wondering.

Don Stevens, Santa Cruz

The hypocritical UN

So the United Nations grants membership to "Palestine." The UN is the same organization in which:

  • Iran, which stones to death women (not men) for adultery, is elected to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

  • Appoints North Korea, a country that repeatedly violates UN Security resolutions with its secret nuclear weapons program, as the head of the UN Conference on Disarmament.

  • Elects Saudi Arabia as a board member of the UN Women, the agency tasked to end discrimination against women, even though in that country it is illegal for women to drive, and whose courts sentenced a women to 200 lashes for the "crime" of being raped.

  • Has had Syria, which is bombing it own cities and citizens, as a member of the Human Rights Commission.

    It is a shame that an organization that was founded with such high ideals has become so hypocritical and irrelevant.

    Marq Lipton, Aptos