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Opinion - May 7, 2010


No need for high-speed trains to reach San Francisco


As we can, see the whole idea that high-speed rail has to start in San Francisco and go through the Peninsula is idiotic.

San Francisco is no longer the economic or population hub of the Bay Area. It is more like the South and East Bay. San Francisco represents only 12 percent of the Bay Area's population.

If they are serious about building a high-speed rail to Southern California, it should be built from San Jose via the Altamont Pass to the Central Valley, using existing tracks and rail corridors, where the train can reach the maximum speed. Reduced-speed areas and stops along the Peninsula defeat the purpose of high-speed rail.

The feeder traffic from San Francisco, the Peninsula and the East Bay can be carried by BART and the upgraded and electrified Caltrain on the existing tracks without any tunnels or elevated tracks that would absolutely destroy the quality of life for residents in the communities along the Peninsula corridor. The current plan would add tens of billions of dollars to the taxpayers' burden by building the Transbay Terminal in San Francisco plus the super expensive rail corridor on the Peninsula, which could delay the project for many years.

Ditto for routing the line via the Pacheco Pass, where expensive right-of-way must be bought in Morgan Hill and Gilroy and a tunnel would be needed under the Pacheco Pass.

Just ask the pundits how many minutes it would save by traveling from S.F. to L.A. taking the high-speed train vs. taking the upgraded Baby Bullet to San Jose and then taking the high-speed train from there to L.A. instead? How much more would it cost to run the high-speed trains from San Francisco instead of San Jose?

Kaj Rekola

Laura Lane

Pointed questions about the garage sale pages


What knucklehead organized the garage sale addresses page? My instinct was that the page could help you locate the garage sales shown on the adjacent page map.

So tell me what was the point of assigning numbers to each of the sites and then listing the sites alphabetically by street? Okay, so I'm looking for the garage sales in my neighborhood. Oh, look, number 22 is near my house, let's find out where it is. Oh, I see I need to look at a jumbled mess of numbers and find it: Not a good way to do it, in my opinion.

And what about the heading ''street numbers?" What is a street number? Oh, it looks like an address. Why not call it an address?

And then there are "bolded streets." What are bolded streets? Oh I see. They are the listings that are in bold type. Why not just say: listings in bold type, instead of making up a word. Do you have spell check? Hint: That squiggly little red line means something isn't quite right.

And then there are the zones. Let's look at all the sales that are in a specific zone. Oops, we can't do that without jumping all around the listings again. So really the zones are much like the numbers, they are there to confuse us.

Who checks the work over there? An editor? Really?

C'mon, you can do better than that.

Gary Lekan


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