No transparency on tree removal from I-680

The removal of all the trees on Interstate 680 between Crow Canyon and Sycamore Valley roads has turned our quaint community of Danville into an ugly city freeway.

It makes me sick to see this. How many poor animals were displaced to accommodate more cars? This was so unnecessary. The voters of our community should have been allowed to decide on a project as large as this -- not Caltrans or a bureaucracy. Who's responsible for this tragedy? Do we really need another auxiliary lane? No!

Can you imagine the cost of this project? Were community hearings, open to the public, held? I never saw one thing about this in our local paper. If you're as outraged as I am, please contact your local community leaders and politicians. I wish we could stop this project, but, sadly, that won't happen. We must fight and work hard to keep our community small. This project is so wrong and so very sad.

Nancy Quintel

Alamo

U.S. Rep. Miller has worn out his welcome

U.S. Rep. George Miller has been in office since 1975, some 38 years and counting. This is not what was intended in the Constitution.


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As Thomas Jefferson wrote, he believed that congressmen would serve a few terms and retire to their farms. Apparently this is not how it worked out. George Miller is not the only who has stayed in office for this long. Congressmen should not be allowed to hold office this long, since if they have bothered to cling to power for nearly 40 years, they do not have the best interests of their constituents in mind but only their own gain. Most of them end up millionaires, and they talk about the millionaires on Wall Street with disdain. Almost 100 percent of congressmen are millionaires.

Miller is on the House's Education Committee. Clearly, he has not been doing a very good job, for California's education system is in shambles. How do we end up re-electing people like this 18 times?

Chase Cabot

Danville

Sowell told the truth about the president

Thomas Sowell's columns are shaking up the liberal Obama-ites to the extent of calling for his head -- a typical response when no credible logic is forthcoming. When confronting an intellect of his caliber, at least some common sense is required. I find his columns exceedingly insightful and informative with a slant toward unpopular but justified criticism of Obama.

One writer questions Sowell's "rant" about Obama as based on opinions and not facts. How can one ignore the fact that we have had a failed presidency over the last four years as evidenced primarily by the obvious lack of positive leadership and lack of interest in our country's debt and overspending? In fact, he is the most unqualified president in history. His re-election is a stain on the intellect of our populace, a disturbing indication of the decline of the United States of America. I have decided, rather than to lament over our misfortune, we need to pray.

Frank J. Murar

Danville

Base gun policy on facts, not your feelings

I, like most of us, was appalled by the killings at Sandy Hook. The first question that came to my mind was, "What is wrong with someone who would kill innocent children?"

I have watched as the political "leaders" in our country have not let this "crisis go to waste" and have pursued political goals regarding guns. Being an engineer trained in problem-solving methods, we look for data and facts before solving the problem. We definitely have a problem to solve in this country, but the politicians are not analyzing the facts. Please don't confuse them with facts.

I noticed a New York Times article in your paper in which some useful statistics were mentioned. According to the FBI, 6,220 people were killed by handguns in 2011, while 323 were killed by rifles. How many of those rifle deaths were caused by "assault" rifles? From another source, I understand that number accounts for less than half of the rifle deaths. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have done studies on what effect gun controls have had on the murder rates in several countries, including in America under the first assault weapon ban, and found none had a significant effect. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.

Well more than 99 percent of the gun owners and "assault" rifle owners in the country haven't and will never kill anyone. Let's put the focus on where the problem is, not on where it isn't. By the way, the Second Amendment isn't there to ensure we can go hunting; it's there so we can protect ourselves from tyrannical government.

Gary Lewis

Livermore

Our problem is with morality, not firearms

The profound moral confusion of today's culture is seen in the NRA becoming the primary focus of blame and hatred for Newtown, while the actual perpetrator is hardly ever mentioned (and the Fort Hood case is not covered at all).

I don't care what "syndrome" Adam Lanza was considered to have, he (like all mass murderers) was simply evil! And, like the Columbine killers and others after them, it's clear that he was never called to be a responsible young person. We must return to the clear condemnation of evil and evildoers as the most effective single deterrent to anyone contemplating evil. If such people understood that they'd be viewed as notorious villains rather than victims of "mental illness," they'd be less likely to even think about doing the unthinkable. Nor would it hurt if belief in a hell for the wicked became much more widely accepted (may God make this so). Newtown is just the latest illustration of the true adage that "to be kind to the cruel is to be cruel to the kind."

Christopher Andrus

Dublin

Don't fret about service cuts from post offices

If the U.S. Postal Service would run like a business, they would cut home delivery to Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Look at your mail -- mostly throw away stuff: business mail five days a week. I come from a country where Saturday delivery was cut 45 years ago. Guess what! The sun came up in the east the next day.

Jim Duncan

Dublin