EDITOR: Over the past several years, several hundred apartments have been built on the west side of Range Avenue near Jennings Avenue, and there are plans for many more apartments in the same area ("Crossing swap weighed," Thursday).
Currently, there are only three exits from the area, all congested — at Range and Guerneville Road, at Cleveland Avenue and Steele Lane and at Cleveland and College Avenue. If there were a major accident — a large fire or chemical spill on the freeway — that could be catastrophic. The solution is an automobile and pedestrian rail crossing on Jennings, connecting to North Dutton Avenue.
Dutton is a major north-south road, and it would give access to the College Avenue and Guerneville Road, adding two major exits to the area and reducing congestion at the current three exits.
Somebody in Santa Rosa city government should show some concern for the safety of the neighborhood. I do not know why a downtown rail crossing must be eliminated. I am a strong supporter of SMART, and I am sure SMART agrees with the state Public Utilities Commission, but rules can be changed.
<b>What would Teddy do?</b>
EDITOR: I was happy to see Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visit California to see a beautiful area along the coast called the Stornetta Public Lands ("A coastal roadshow," Nov. 2). More than 200 community members attended her town hall meeting to support adding the land to the California Coastal National Monument. Unfortunately, over the past three years, Congress has failed to protect a single additional acre of public land. The bill to protect Stornetta, along with a dozen other bills to increase protections on our public lands, is stuck in Congress.
More than 100 years ago, Theodore Roosevelt, similarly stifled by an inability to get Congress to act, was the first president to use his authority to protect public landscapes. I have to wonder, if he were president today, what would Teddy do?