Sharing roads safely
EDITOR: Contrary to a recent article, fast-driven cars have no inherent priority over the use of our roads above slower-moving commuters such as slow-poke cars or bicycles. They must follow behind until it is deemed safe to pass — as sufficient space or lanes and clear vision allows.
When approaching a slower-moving commuter on two-lane roads with minimal or no passing or bicycle lanes, speed must be reduced until traffic conditions warrant safely passing by partially or completely changing lanes.
When driving through blind curves you must always be prepared for encountering slow commuters or other unexpected obstacles so speed should be reduced and passing attempts must be postponed.
Remember, California driving rules state that you must share all roads, and you may never drive faster than it is safe — regardless of the posted speed limit.
EDITOR: If the Boy Scouts insist on continuing their policy of excluding gay leaders and youth, so be it. However, I believe that they must change their official name and remove the words "of America." Discrimination is un-American.
EDITOR: Let me get this straight: A man buys a old hotel and plans to renovate and restore it to its former self — to the better of the town of Petaluma. He legally evicts the residents according to the law and is giving them their security deposits back, and they are crying foul.
First of all, Terry Andrews may or may not be a "wealthy man" and may or may not "make a killing off the building" ("Activists rally for evicted tenants," Tuesday). He bought the property legally, period. He's abiding by the law in asking the month-to-month residents to leave, period. This happens every day to all kinds of people who are not crying foul, poor or not. How dare the Sonoma County Solidarity Network demand that he "pony up" with financial assistance and accuse him of being responsible for worsening poverty.
If it were me, I'd be angry with their actions and their words. He has no obligation to do anything. Perhaps if he was asked politely, he may be more inclined to help.
So many people are victims. And not everyone who owns property is wealthy. Get over it.
EDITOR: If Bill Carle and the rest of the Santa Rosa School Board happened to be so concerned about students' brains ("Battle plan for head injuries," March 8), they might have hired back one library media teacher to run the district's 22 libraries. Just a thought about protecting all those brains for thinking in the information age.
Wal-Mart and health
EDITOR: I strongly oppose the proposed Wal-Mart supercenter in Rohnert Park because Wal-Mart shifts much of its health care costs to the taxpayers. Always lower prices at Wal-Mart are due to always lower wages and no benefits.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, fewer than 47 percent of Wal-Mart employees receive health benefits. That's well below the national average of 68 percent for employers with more than 200 employees. In comparison, at Safeway, Raley's or Costco in Northern California, 80 percent of employees receive health care benefits.