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Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - May 18, 2012

Letters

Walmart story one-sided

Dear Editor,

When I started reading your May 8 article about the Walmart neighborhood market appeal I found it to be fairly accurate. However, when you wrote about the public comments you basically addressed the pro-Walmart comments. Thus the story became one-sided favoring Walmart, very disappointing.Angela Willmes

Thanks for a great Rose show

Dear Editor,

I would like to publicly to thank the city of Pleasanton, Alain Pinel Realtors, Little Valley Winery and the many other sponsors of this year's Annual Pleasanton Rose Show. I would also like to thank the many volunteers from the Mt. Diablo Rose Society for their penitence and much appreciated advice. Also, the staff and volunteers of the Pleasanton Senior Center.

This was my first year as a participant and I was blown away by the friendlessness and attention to detail by all who were there to help with the displays. The many young volunteers bent over backwards to assist with whatever was necessary. The Senior Center opened their doors and hearts to all who attended. It was truly a great show and I look forward to next year.

Pat Murray

Peninsula 'Blended Rail'

Dear Editor,

Bay-LA High Speed Rail (HSR) costs ran so high they came up with the "Blended System" concept: electrify Caltrain and run on Caltrain's two-track line from San Jose to San Francisco instead of on high speed tracks. Signalling, electrification, and rolling stock would cost $1,456 million. 43 grade crossings dot the Caltrain line. The "Blended System" would add many more and faster trains, but the funding plan would eliminate none of these grade crossings. Locomotives, which shield passenger cars in pull mode collisions, would disappear with electrification.

"Blended System" funding looks like a ruse to get HSR to pay for Caltrain electrification. Far better: grade separate Caltrain south of Millbrae and convert it to BART as part of a 5-County BART Joint Exercise of Powers Agency (JEPA) study to ring the Bay with a unified rail rapid transit system. Let HSR go grade separated from San Jose via Mulford to an Oakland HSR/BART intermodal station instead of up the Peninsula. No costly tunneling in San Francisco.

Robert S. Allen

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