Postal Service decision sensible
I agree with the U.S. Postal Service decision to reduce expenses by eliminating one delivery day per week.
As a recent Times article stated, the service faces incredible competition from various sources, not the least of which are the Internet, United Parcel Service and Federal Express.
UPS and FedEx get to cherry pick the most profitable business, while the USPS must deliver to almost everywhere on the map. This makes for a very challenging, if not impossible, business model for financial success.
I would even be in favor of limiting home delivery to four days per week. Why not? However, please leave Saturday delivery in the equation. Many families pay their bills on the weekend, and enjoy and respond to other mail.
Why not follow the example of the neighborhood barber and stop delivery on Mondays? Monday is usually a light mail day anyway. Keep Saturday delivery.
As to my four-day-per-week formula? Why not Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday?
Common-sense gun reductions
Simply put, more guns equal more gun-related deaths.
Look at what Australia has accomplished with its gun control laws. Let your voice be heard less the gun manufacturers decide the current gun control issue.
Via their NRA mouthpiece, manufacturers
While we cannot eliminate all gun risks, we can certainly reduce these risks using common sense and learning from others.
Bridge toll abomination?
The Golden Gate, Bay, San Mateo, Benicia and Martinez bridges were built using constructions bonds that were stated to be paid by collecting tolls.
What then is the real justification for collecting tolls when bonds are paid?
Particularly when current 60 percent of our relatively high gas taxes are earmarked for highway and bridge construction.
California gas tax of 67 cents per gallon is well above national average of
49 cents and exceeded only by New York at 69 cents.
Toll collections in any manner only create unnecessary delays and more "tax collectors".
The proposed new "Pay-by-plate" for the Golden Gate Bridge is not the solution.
Just like FasTrak it will just transfer costs to backroom jobs and increased confusion for residents and visitors alike.
Paul W. Van Etten