EDITOR: When I moved to California from the East Coast almost 30 years ago, one of the first things I noticed was how trash-free the roads were. Now, I can’t drive a few yards without seeing trash along the side of the road. The Highway 101 exit to Highway 12 is an appalling local example.
For a while, I thought the increase in roadside trash was due to the fires and assumed that public agencies had more urgent matters to deal with. But I’ve noticed that the problem extends east past Sacramento and south to Marin County.
Whether it’s Highway 101, Interstate 80 or small county roads, the amount of trash is inexcusable. I’ve been embarrassed showing out-of-state guest our otherwise beautiful area with bottles, cans, cups, cardboard boxes and all sorts of objects littered on the side of the roads.
Whatever happened to “adopt a highway” or roadside clean-up crews? It’s time for Caltrans and the other responsible authorities to step up and do their jobs. Clean the roads.
Economy, then and now
EDITOR: In response to Michael S. George’s claim that Donald Trump saved the economy (“Out of the doldrums,” Letters, Friday), just a few minutes of research would have shown him that when Barack Obama took office, the Dow was at 7,900 and unemployment was 9.3 percent. When he left office, the Dow was at 19,800 and unemployment was 4.6 percent. After eight years, the Dow almost tripled, and unemployment was half of what is was when Obama started.
When Trump took office, the Dow was at 19,800 and is now at 25,000. That’s a 26 percent increase in 1½ years. Adjusted to eight years, it would result in the Dow rising at half the rate of the Obama years. Looking at job growth, five out of Obama’s last seven years in office beat Trump’s job numbers. It’s obvious that Trump took office when the economy was already very healthy.
Please save us all a little time and research the facts before you make claims. And by the way, during the George W. Bush administration, the Dow dropped from 10,600 to 7,900, and unemployment flew from 4.25 percent to almost 8 percent. It’s pretty clear that economic performance under Obama was much better than during the Bush years or Trump’s years so far.
School start time
EDITOR: Before Gov. Jerry Brown signs SB 328 to change the start of the school day for middle school and high school students, I hope he will consider this no-cost solution: Have those parents tell their kids to get off the computer, turn off their phone, and go to bed earlier. If they do that, they’ll get enough sleep, wake up refreshed and be ready start their school day at the current time. Problem solved.
EDITOR: Proposition 2 heads in the right direction, but it doesn’t go far enough (“Yes on Prop 2: Build housing for the mentally ill,” Aug. 24). Besides the homeless mentally ill, there’s an elderly population increasingly in need of affordable accommodations where they would have better access to care and comfort — your so-called “supportive housing.”