Re "Balanced plan for stronger mayor" (Editorial, Sept. 21): Good job, editorial board. You have fallen for the con that is Measure L or the Checks and Balance Act of 2014.
Re "Balanced plan for a strong mayor" (Editorial, Sept. 21): The Bee's editorial favoring a strong mayor produces superficial and flawed reasoning throughout because your opinion is derived from its preconceived conclusion.
Re "Balanced plan for stronger mayor" (Forum, Sept. 21): The Bee's support for Measure L on the November 2014 ballot is good news for city voters. For over 25 years as a volunteer protecting county seniors, and as former executive director and president of the County Taxpayers Association, I faced five Sacramento City mayors and city councils, and I found them often disconnected.
Re "Measure L is a balanced plan to grant more power to Sacramentos mayors" (Editorial, Sept. 21): Did anyone at The Bee think through the subhead to the lead piece, "It's time for city charter update, no matter how you feel about KJ"? The question of a need for a change in their charter hinges squarely on the voters views of the present mayor.
Re "Balanced plan for stronger mayor" (Editorial, Sept. 21): I saw Mayor Kevin Johnson and his most persuasive wife at the W-X Farmers' Market and talked about Measure L. I was moved by their arguments to write this letter.
Re "Measure L is a balanced plan to grant more power to Sacramentos mayors" (Editorial, Sept. 21): I disagree with The Bee's editorial position that Measure L, the strong-mayor charter amendment, is balanced.
Re "Airstrikes could be start of a long fight" (Editorial, Sept. 24): By ignoring history, the editors choose permanent war. Yes, extremist groups in Syria and Iraq use brutal killing to recruit more fighters. What a surprise.
Re "Global marches draw attention to climate change (Nation/World, Sept. 21): It is inspiring to see enraged protesters take to the streets to address climate change, but until that sentiment is reflected in the votes of our politicians, our country will continue to fall short in its reduction of climate change.
Re "Obama asserts U.S. leadership, tells UN to follow us," (Nation/World, Sept. 24): Two weeks ago, conservative commentators and pundits were livid when President Obama admitted on national TV that his administration still hadn't decided on a strategy to deal with ISIS. Wednesday at the United Nations, it was clear who was in charge and what the strategy would be.
Re "Syria strikes seen lasting 'years'" (Page A1, Sept. 24): Here we go again, entering another unwinnable war and for what? To win the hearts and minds of Middle Eastern people, to make the world safe from terrorists, to expand the principles of democracy? No, there is only one reason we are once again fighting the so called war on terror, and that's to keep the oil flowing to America.
Re "Secretary of state candidates Padilla and Peterson disagree on Bowen" (Capitol Alert, Sept. 23): The article missed a critical point. On the topic of Debra Bowen's job performance, a discussion of her recent legal defeat against the ACLU was nowhere to be seen.
Re "Congress adds to its shame, while work piles up" (Editorial, Sept. 23): The partisanship gridlock is petulant and despicable. I see the problem resting with the completely polarized leaders. We need grassroots, bottom-up efforts to break through it all - the kind of efforts that propelled so much of our nation's great accomplishments.
Re "3-foot gap for bikes is the law" (Our Region, Sept. 17): Bike lanes should be payed for by bike riders, not through our automobile registration fees.
Re "Red-light cameras more about money than traffic safety" (Editorial, Sept. 24): Unless you've been hit by a car whose driver ran a red light, you might continue to see these cameras as a nuisance. Having been hit by a thoughtless driver, I remain hopeful that these cameras are a deterrent to those who do not value the lives of other human beings, rather instead value the size of their bank account.
Re "Dina Hidalgo retires from California Senate after nepotism complaints" (Capitol Alert, Sept. 23): So let me get this straight: Dina Hidalgo is employed by the state and works for Sen. Darrell Steinberg which has paid $139,000 to investigate her. Now Steinberg agrees to part ways with her and pay her $85,000 plus her legal costs of $13,000. The agreement states that Steinberg will not make public, "records relating to any Senate investigation relating to Ms. Hidalgo."
Re "More work to cement health reform gains" (Viewpoints, Sept. 24): Last year, my parishioners joined with community leaders across California to help enroll low-income Californians in Medi-Cal.
Republicans shut down government services just to stir up ideological drama. They lobbied to weaken real reform of our broken health insurance system, then after it passed, they've been working to prevent many people benefitting from even those modest improvements. Republican leadership in the House won't even consider closing the most egregious tax loopholes through which billions of dollars are squirreled into off-shore bank accounts. The rest of us are left with more taxes, unrepaired roads and higher college tuition costs for our children.
Re "Sacramento Sikhs split with Bera over Indian government's role in 1984 massacre" (Our Region, Sept. 24): I was a student at IIT, Kanpur, India in 1984 at the time of rioting against Sikhs. Kanpur was the second worst affected city after Delhi. I broke my right hand in trying to protect my Sikh professor and his family who were being attacked by a mob. The rioting was a horrible thing to happen, a blot on the face of India.
Re "North Coast goes to pot" (Capitol & California, Sept. 24): In describing the war between pot growers and cops during harvest season in the Emerald Triangle, Dan Walters writes "Humboldt Gold" - "highly potent, prized and profitable marijuana obtained from un-pollinated female plants."
Re "Congress adds to its shame, as its work piles up" (Editorial, Sept. 23): The editorial board says it's important for constituents to show up at town halls to ask tough questions and hold members of Congress accountable. I've been to Dr. Ami Bera's town halls before and was impressed.
Re "Senator rips prison fund shifts" (Sept. 24): How would placing constraints on the prison budget save money? Prisons cost taxpayers about $10 billion annually. The problem in dealing with prison costs is the lack of objective data required to make funding decisions.
The governor was absolutely wrong when he said "You can't manufacture water", while explaining why we need another massive water bond that will produce virtually no water. The fact is, we can manufacture water, and we've been legally doing it by irrigating with showers, tub and laundry water for over two decades at homes, apartments and other residences across the state. Not only that, people and agencies actually save money when they reuse this good water, instead of squander money like this new bond will do.
Re "CPS tipped off to killer's instability" (The Public Eye, Sept. 21): The Bee implies Child Protective Services is solely responsible for the child's death regardless of multi-agency involvement. Where is the critique of Sutter, mental health and law enforcement? Sutter evaluated the mother to be a danger to the children and allowed the mother to leave the premises knowing she was planning to move. Why not a 5150 hold, provide services and medication stabilization? Law enforcement determined the children to be safe.
Elon Musk announced that his Solar City will build the largest solar panel manufacturing plant in the Western Hemisphere in New York. This is the same man who will build the mega battery plant in Nevada and a Space X facility in Texas.
Re "Prop. 45 is deceiving and damaging" (Viewpoints, Sept. 24): As a health insurance agent, I support Proposition 45. I'm surprised that Dr. Stacey Wallach can't support an initiative that would help her patients actually keep their health insurance.
Re "Red-light cameras contract reveal programs are more about making money than making roads safe" (Editorial, Sept. 21): How could you get it so wrong? Red-light cameras do save lives, and it makes money from law breakers. In just one search, I found numerous articles about studies that show that they do, including the Sarasota Herald Tribune.
Re "Harris and Carr are strongest for Sacramento City Council" (Endorsement, Sept. 20): Jeff Harris is the grassroots candidate and has tremendous support in District 3 neighborhoods. His work as chair of the Parks Commission, rebuilding McKinley Playground, setting up and training neighborhood watches and on his neighborhood association board have prepared him for city leadership and proven his commitment.
Re "Sacramento taxpayer group tries new tactic on school bonds" (Our Region, Sept. 23): The Sacramento Taxpayers Association and our school districts working together on a comprehensive cost strategy for our schools? Simply put, this makes sense.
Re "Congress adds to its shame, as its work piles up" (Editorial, Sept. 23): In every company, agency and group, the attitude of the staff comes from the attitude of the leader.
Re "Carbon trends aren't slowing" (Page A1, Sept. 22): We are at a tipping point regarding newspaper articles and scientific and economic consensus on the current dangers of climate change and the economic feasibility of a Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax. According to this increasingly available information, we are at a tipping point in which, if changes are not made in the next few years, the earth will warm to an extent "incompatible with human civilization in its current form."
Re "Sacramento taxpayer group tries new tactic on school bonds" (Our Region, Sept. 23): I was very pleased to read Diana Lambert's story calling attention to an alternative and better way to finance school construction.
Whenever I read, or hear the phrase "boots on the ground," I cringe. The president and his administration coined this awful insensitive phrase, and all media outlets quickly followed suit.
Re Field Poll: Obamaâs popularity dives to record low in California (Page 1, Sep. 2, 2014)
Re "Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq are just the start" (Nation/World, Sept. 23): Wow, the president authorized targeted airstrikes in Syria. Who'd have thought?
Re "Sacramento taxpayer group tries new tactic on school bonds" (Our Region, Sept. 23): It is truly refreshing to see collaboration between some of our school districts and a taxpayer group on a better way to reduce costs for school construction. This is an idea whose time has certainly come.
Re "Liberia to try new way to fight Ebola" (Nation/World, Sept. 23): On my last day visiting friends in Sacramento, I was grateful to read about new methods to fight Ebola. The Center for Disease Control just came out with a worst case scenario of over one million infections, good time to try something new.
Re "Harris and Carr are strongest for Sacramento City Council" (Endorsements, Sept. 20): I am in agreement with The Bee's endorsement of Jeff Harris for City Council. I would add my belief that Harris will be a councilmember who would be very accessible to all of his constituents.
In an era of partisan polarization, I'm proud of our congressional representatives who have pledged to fight Alzheimer's disease by co-sponsoring legislation to assist people with Alzheimer's and hasten the end of this disease that affects over half a million California families, including mine.
Re "Congress adds to its shame, as its work piles up" (Editorial, Sept. 23): Taking a break from work allows recovery from the daily grind, but we don't have the luxury to abandon our duties, and Congress should be no exception to this rule.
Re "New spirit fills capital as it grows," (Our Region, Sept. 21): I don't know what Marcos Breton thinks he's doing these days, but it long ago stopped being journalism- if it ever was.
Re "Obama's popularity dives to record low in California" (Page A1, Sept. 2): I supported Obama to become the president and really thought things were going to change entirely with new system and laws but to me, everything feels the same from when George W. Bush was president.
Re "Valley elderberry beetle to remain a protected species" (Our Region, Sept. 16): Thank you for publishing the story of the Valley elderberry beetle. It is encouraging to see that the Endangered Species Act is being upheld, especially for a species that is not the typical cute and cuddly image of wildlife conservation.
Re "Sacramento taxpayer group tries new tactic on school bonds" (Our Region, Sept. 23): Reading about the school districts working with the Sacramento Taxpayers Association to help bring down school construction costs represents a cooperative approach that is welcome news- especially in Sacramento.
Re "Harris and Carr are strongest for Sacramento City Council" (Endorsement, Sept. 20): The Bee's endorsement of Jeff Harris for District 3 City Council is right on the mark. He will indeed be a strong advocate for smart infill development, work tirelessly for all neighborhoods in the district and help restore city services to pre-recession levels.
Re "Harris and Carr are strongest for Sacramento City Council" (Endorsements, Sept. 20): With Jeff Harris, District 3 and the entire city of Sacramento will have a council member who is forward thinking and thoughtful.
I would like to personally thank the thousands of workers and volunteers from all of our local and state agencies for their courage and tireless efforts to protect our communities from the devastating effects of the King Fire. I would also like to thank our school district superintendents, administrators, educators and staff for their leadership and prompt action to ensure our students' safety.
Re "Smooth of voice, savvy of game" (Business, Sept. 23): The well-deserved and informative article about Duane Kuiper finally mentioned his Giants broadcasting partner, Mike Krukow, as a "by the way."
Re "Hospital mergers putting women's reproductive health care in jeopardy" (Another View, Sept. 23): Dr. Beverly Sansone's support of SB 1094 is beyond sad. The bill is simply a smokescreen and is about access to abortion. I was surprised that a medical doctor, who knows the medical, scientific and biological truth that every abortion kills a living child would support this bill.
Re "Police should get warrants for drones" (Viewpoints, Sept. 23): Drones are a promising technology for water conservation. Some drones are able to travel to the edge of space and cover the Central Valley in 3 hours. Susan Ustin of UC Davis has projected a savings 1 to 2 percent of agricultural water using drone data in combination with other information. One percent of California's agricultural water is enough to provide a 10 minute shower to 1 billion people.
Re "Study confirms criticism of Big Bang finding" (Nation/World, Sept. 23): The article on the Big Bang debate is very interesting; interesting from the standpoint of the huge question these theorists leave unanswered. The best guess on the street these days as to the formation of our universe remains the Big Bang theory. What is not explained is how did whatever banged get wherever it banged?
Re "Red light contract" (Page A1, Sept. 21): It is not surprising to hear of red-light camera companies trying to buy their contracts with the county. Red-light cameras charade as safety devices when they really are revenue producers at the price of more rear-end crashes and little to no change in other collisions.
Open letter to the Savage family: Not sure, who was responsible for the change in affiliations, we can only hope that you are doing the right thing.
Re "Obama urges world to follow US lead on climate" (Nation/World, Sept. 23): Here are some sobering facts regarding global warming.
Re "Sacramento taxpayer group tries new tactic on school bonds" (Our Region, Sept. 23): Dave Walrath is concerned about the potential costs of additional school bond issuances that, at worst, would be a couple of hundred thousand dollars, but he doesn't seem to mind the tens of millions of dollars saved by the San Juan Unified School District that is staying in our community.
Re "The rich and even richer rule congress" (Editorial, Sept. 14): Where would Doug Ose be on this list if he was still in Congress? A few months ago, The Bee reported his wealth grew significantly while still in Congress. It more than tripled, making him the 10th richest member of Congress in 2004. At about $100 million dollars, hat's more then Feinstein and Pelosi combined to put into perspective.
Re "Restaurants feel bite of climate change" (Forum, Sept. 14): Patrick Mulvaney confuses climate change and local weather.
Re "Tom McClintock should have no fear of losing re-election, except this is a weird year" (Dan Morain, Sept. 14): Look no further than Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann's agenda to understand his support of Art Moore. Cann Campaigned for Supervisor prior to retiring from Yosemite. In 2012, he presented his "build-out" plan on 18 acres of Mariposa's town property to be sold to Yosemite Par.
Re "Subsidies turn Emigrant Wilderness into grazing nightmare" (Forum, Sept. 14): Protecting the High Sierra Watershed is critical to ensure quality drinking water to the nearly 40 million people of California. The Bee published an article on the impact of cattle in the Sierra in April 2010, written by Tom Knudsen, highlighting our scientific research work.
Judging from the recent post on Tom McClintock's Facebook page asking for help, and the sudden influx of pro-McClintock letters to the editor, the McClintock campaign is a little worried.
Re "The Rich - and even richer - rule Congress" (Editorial, Sept. 14): Doug Ose, the Republican candidate, wants his old seat back. Ose accepted four pay raises and was the 10th richest House member in 2004. More importantly, Doug Ose's election would allow the do-nothing, vindictive Republicans yet another seat for their majority that increasingly caters to the wealthy and likes of the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove.
Re "Three-foot buffer law for cyclists now in effect" (Sept. 16): Why not charge a yearly license plate fee to the bikers who use these paths and make them put license plates on these bikes. Most of them think they own the paths, streets and roads. Have them obey stop signs as cars do or get a violation ticket as cars do.
Re "Companies void taxes but still get services" (Letters, Sept. 21): While I think it is unfortunate for American companies to move their headquarters overseas for tax purposes, it should be noted that these American companies do not avoid paying income taxes on that revenue generated in the U.S. U.S. income taxes are paid on U.S. revenue.
Re "Valley elderberry beetle to remain a protected species" (Our Region, Sept. 16): Thank you for your article, and kudos to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for maintaining protections for the valley elderberry longhorn beetle. The scientific peer review process is an important part of ensuring that decisions made under the Endangered Species Act are based on science. Its reassuring to see the FWS actually listening to the scientists.
Re "Red-light contract process" (Page A1, Sept. 21): Free meals are the tip of the iceberg in questionable activity by Redflex.
I am writing this letter to show my disappointment in the city of Sacramento and its local TV stations for not asking more about the information I sent to them regarding National Ataxia Awareness Day, which is September 25.
Re "Focus on tenure distracts from schools' issues" (Forum, Sept. 14): Steve O'Donoghue maintains that focus on tenure is misdirection when it comes to addressing the casual factors for poor student performance. Instead, he would have us tackle incredibly complex and longstanding issues that may take generations and probably vast sums of money to solve.
Re "Tom McClintock should have no fear of losing re-election, except this is a weird year" (Dan Morain, Sept. 14): Is it just me or is The Bee unusually obsessed with Tom McClintock? It may be a weird year in politics, but McClintock will have no problem defeating his faux moderate opponent.
Re "Sacramento passengers tweeted during emergency landing in Los Angeles" (SacBee.com, Sept. 21): Do you ever feel like some stories you read or hear about are kind of useless? As a high school student who actually likes the news, I'd rather read about current issues, such as the King Fire or any new big court cases, not about how someone tweeted that their plan had a malfunction.
Re "Giants are biggest winners in River Cats' affiliation switch" (Sports, Sept. 20): The Sacramento River Cat team is all-American baseball and family fun. The Savage family dreamed and built the River Cats for thousands of people to share and participate in.
Re "Tom McClintock should have no fear of losing re-election, except this is a weird year" (Dan Morain, Sept. 14): Dan Morain's article criticized Congressman Tom McClintock for living slightly outside his district in neighboring Elk Grove, but fails to mention the fact that his opponent Art Moore's employment is in Virginia, his National Guard assignment is in Maryland, and he rents a room in Roseville to claim residency.
Re "Big cats make crowds roar" (Our Region, Sept. 12): In a world of quickly diminishing wildlife due to rapid habitat destruction, poaching, forced servitude, exploitation, torture, government corruption and just plain old-fashioned greed, it's time to include wildlife animal entertainment acts on the list.
Re "Tom McClintock should have no fear of losing re-election, except this is a weird year" (Dan Morain, Sept. 14): Morain's recent column on the CD-4 race leaves out important information.
Dear Superintendent and Members of the San Juan Unified School District Board of Supervisors,
Re "Farms are growing in the Valley but they need more water to thrive" (Viewpoints, Sept. 21): Tim Johnson is very correct that the health of agriculture in the Sacramento Valley as well as California as a whole depends on water. What he failed to say is that we have rerouted most of our surface waters and we have mined our aquifers to a point of collapse. The California that we experience today is much different than it was in 1846 when we had marsh lands and large lakes in the central valley.
Re "The rich - and even richer - rule Congress" (Editorial, Sept. 14): Many rich members of Congress don't understand that most poor and many middle-class Americans can't afford health insurance. If people have to choose between food and rent and health insurance, they don't get health insurance.
Re "Campaign against gas tax is foolhardy" (Viewpoints, Sept 15): A lot of things are coming together right now. The King Fire is on our minds, and we are wondering what we can do about it. The drought is one explanation of this fire and others all over our state. That is one of the consequences of a warming planet.
Re "Coastal panel recommends rock star's controversial Malibu project proceed" (Nation/World, Sept. 21): Hey, The Edge, keep your hands off the edge of California, meaning the unblemished hills of Malibu. Take your mansions to the south of France with your pal Bono.
Re "Red-light camera contractor spent thousands on meals for Sacramento County and CHP employees" (SacBee.com, Sept. 21): So, $3,800 paid out for meals to a dozen or so CHP and Sacramento Sheriff's department deputies over a five year period resulted in a $11.8 million contract to an out-of-state contractor.
Re "Proposition 45 would undermine the Affordable Care Act, which is reason to oppose it" (Endorsements, Sept. 14): Proposition 45 would probably undermine the Affordable Care Act, but only incidentally. More importantly it would just add a new, unaccountable and permanent bureaucracy for political busy bodies with an ideological agenda to mess up health insurance even more. We don't need any more of that.
Re "Restaurants feel bite of climate change" (Forum, Sept. 14): Thank you for your article. What we can do about climate change on a national level?
Re "Will a changing Sacramento be enough for Major League Soccer?" (Our Region, Sept. 21): Does he ever stop? Marcos Breton lets loose with another vicious screed against old people, which evidently The Bee does not find offensive. Age, like race, gender and ethnicity is a state which humans have no control over--it is part of who we are which should not be attached to shame. I am amazed that this backward view is endorsed by the editors.
Re "Restaurants feel bite of climate change" (Forum, Sept. 14):Pat Mulvaney may be right about his concerns regarding this drought and its impact on food prices. He owns a restaurant. However, he is not a climatologist, meteorologist or geologist. Otherwise he would not imply that the drought could be permanent.
Re "Valley elderberry beetle to remain a protected species" (Editorial, Sept. 16): Amidst unrelenting efforts by developers to pull all the teeth from the Endangered Species Act, it is a relief to see those efforts occasionally thwarted.
Re "Balanced plan for a strong mayor" (Editorial, Sept. 21): Mayor Kevin Johnson is pushing hard to for the strong-mayor bill "to streamline decisions at City Hall." However, he did everything he could to prevent the citizens of Sacramento from voting on whether to subsidize the Kings arena.
Re "Ebola shutters Sierra Leone" (Nation/World, Sept. 19): As I travel to California for a wedding, the news continues about the Ebola epidemic. The infection rates and death tolls are rising, with help only beginning to trickle in. Massive assistance will be necessary to end this epidemic. Future ability to stop this and other epidemics depends on good health care systems.
Re "If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): I am a cyclist so no bias here. Yesterday, while cycling, I observed bicyclists at their worst. I understand the new 3-foot law is to protect bikers, but bikers must comply with other aspects of the law if they want the respect on the road that they say they deserve.
Re "Kevin Johnson seeks to strengthen his office- does Sacramento care?" (Our Region, Sept. 17): As Marcos Breton points out, Measure L gives Sacramento the opportunity to put an end to the past years of bickering at City Hall once and for all by giving us the ability to elect a strong mayor. It was only a few years ago that turnover in the city managers office was high, council members were not working together and no one took responsibility when things went wrong.
Re "Cyclists don't own the road" (Letters, Sept. 20): We have a serious bicyclist problem on White Rock Road. White Rock crests a hill several hundred yards prior to reaching the El Dorado County line. The posted speed limit is 55 MPH and a small sign with a bicycle symbol states "Share the road". Drivers heading east on White Rock crest the blind hill doing 55 MPH, and if a bicyclist happens to in the eastbound lane, he/she will be killed as the driver will not have time to react.
Re "Valley elderberry beetle to remain a protected species" (SacBee.com, Sept. 16): Far too often, we hear about the things going wrong. This bill needs to change. We need a new bill.
Re Various bicycle law letters (Sept. 18): I am reading letters from cyclists with a mixture of bemusement and irritation.
Re "A free pass for arrogance?" (Letters, Sept. 19): My first experience when riding through a quiet residential neighborhood left me afraid after a driver speeding through a left turn onto the right side of the road almost collided with me. Nobody follows the speed limits. Cyclists blow stop signs because we start looking ahead at the oncoming traffic, if there is none it allows us to keep a steady pace
As a man who watched his 70-year-old father hop on his bike in Reedsport, Ore. heading for Washington, D.C., on the Centennial Trail and years later saw his son set out on the same ride, both successfully, I am more than sympathetic to cyclists.
Re "To win the war, Obama may have to send in troops" (Viewpoints, Sept. 19): Do we not understand this war isn't winnable? After 2001, Cheney/Bush misguidedly invaded Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein, win the war on terror and establish a democracy. How did it all work out? Trillions spent, 4000+ U.S. lives lost, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths, etc.
Re "Strong-mayor foes get union support" (City Beat, Sept. 18): Your story says "power grab by Kevin Johnson."
It was reported recently that the House was adjourning at close of business until after the November election. This is the same House that refused to allow a vote on extended unemployment benefits. This is the same House that blamed this on the Senate for not giving them the bill that they wanted.
Re "Teams line up stadium land" (Pg. A1, Sept. 18): Your paper devoted much of the front page to a wishful thinking piece on a Major League Soccer stadium, while the reality of a horrific wildfire (the King Fire), which is here and now and threatening lives and property, was relegated to the Our Region section. What goofy priorities.
Re "Everyone should get 3 feet" (Letters, Sept. 18): In regards to Pat Whittington's letter, if a bicycle rider must call "on your left," he/she is not obeying the rules of the bicycle trail which state that walkers must walk single file on the shoulder of the trail facing bicycle traffic.
Re "Team lines up stadium land" (Page A1, Sept. 17): Enough with sports on the front page. I could care less about sports, and I would suspect most area residents would agree.
Re "If bicyclists want respect and safety, they should act like they deserve it" (Capitol & California, Sept. 16): Common sense and logic has vanished, Operators of 3,000 cars and 60,000-pound trucks moving at speed of 70 mph or more, must stay clear of 30-pound bicycles that now have the right of way on roads paid for with taxes from gasoline and diesel fuel.