EDITOR: The North Coast Railroad Authority's freight rail operator, the NWP Co., is delivering all of the ribbon rail and concrete rail ties to reconstruct the first leg of the SMART track from Guerneville Road in Santa Rosa south to downtown San Rafael ("Noodles of steel," Saturday).
Bringing these materials into Sonoma County by rail reduces traffic congestion and saves time, energy and money. Keep in mind that one rail car takes four trucks off of Highway 101, and one gallon of diesel delivers a ton of freight more than 400 miles.
The SMART/NCRA/NWP Co. partnership is concrete evidence that the return of freight trains to the North Bay is good for the environment, good energy policy and good for the local economy.
Executive director, North Coast Railroad Authority
EDITOR: I was surprised to see that you would choose to display a photo of a smiling man with a lit cigarette in his hand on the front page of your Towns section on Sunday ("Dawn on the docks"). By doing so, you are indirectly promoting smoking to the many children and young adults who see the photo.
Smoking and other tobacco use ruins and ends the lives of countless people every day, just as it did with my brother, who died of lung cancer from smoking in 2002 at the young age of 48.