I was pleased to see the article on educating teen drivers ("Teens behind the wheel," cover story, July 6) but now we need to educate adult drivers. My daughter and I have been walking all over Pleasanton pushing my 15-month-old granddaughter in the stroller. We are shocked and appalled at the danger we put ourselves in as pedestrians. Drivers stop at red lights halfway into the crosswalk, make right and left turns in front of us while we are in the crosswalk, and rarely will someone actually stop when we are on one of the many islands trying to cross in front of cars making a right turn. We literally take our lives in our hands every time we go out to get a little exercise and enjoy the outdoors.
So I say, wake up Pleasanton drivers. The law states a pedestrian has the right of way in a crosswalk as long as they are crossing on a green light. Let us get to the curb before you make your turn. Stop behind the crosswalk when you come to an intersection and make sure there are no pedestrians in the crosswalk, then inch your way up.
Clearing up railroad editorial
Your editorial ("Sale of RR corridor and a century of Southern Pacific history," Aug. 3) about the old Southern Pacific easement, whose history is so connected to Pleasanton's, left a few loose ends. The SP was the first through the valley. About 1907, the Western Pacific opened a parallel route, which was its main line. Probably to reduce property tax, maybe to increase safety and efficiency, the SP and WP merged onto the WP rails between Niles and Tracy. That route has centralized traffic control that the SP didn't have on that route. Long after the government refused to allow the SP to buy the WP, Union Pacific did. Several years later, UP bought SP. UP wasn't involved in the county easement that Pleasanton wants.
Child's cross-country trek is 'moving'
Thanks so very much for publishing such a fun story about a move across country. It is so special that it is through the eyes of a child. I look forward to the next two parts of this story from such a gifted young lady.
Action needed for 'war criminal' national leaders
On Friday evening my husband and I watched Bill Moyer's Journal. The guests were Bruce Fein, a conservative constitutional lawyer, and John Nichols, a liberal author and editor of "The Nation." Both of these men urged congress to begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush and Vice President Cheney immediately. They pointed out the many violations to our constitution, not to mention the lying and war crimes committed by both men.
It was emphasized that their behavior sets a precedent for immorality and illegality for future presidents, and the authors of our constitution intended that congress must hold the executive branch accountable so that we have a balance of power.
During the Nixon years, strong, honorable Republican leaders called for Nixon to step down. Where are the strong leaders in this congress from either party? Does no one have the courage to call for impeachment when the constitution is repeatedly and egregiously violated?
I thought the election of 2006 demonstrated the will of the people, but apparently not. Nancy Pelosi is a huge disappointment when she continues to say that impeachment is not on the table. Why not? Are we to sit silently by while these war criminals continue to trample our constitution? Please do something.