Letters to the editor from Nov. 29
Published: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 12:29 p.m.
EDITOR: It was Thanksgiving Day and I was enjoying reading the Argus — until I came upon the ugly editorial against our mayor. Ugly is the only way to describe it. The language was beyond the pale, being both highly personal and vicious. Why? Because the writer disagrees with the mayor.
Whippee! All of us, including the mayor, are entitled to voice our opinions, but our newspaper, which we count on to report objectively, needs to be professional about it. And without extreme bias. If you read the editorial, you'd have to agree it was extreme. And unprofessional.
After reading that, and then Don Bennett's vitriolic column against our current and past mayors, I thought the Argus had become a tabloid! It was certainly not journalism. What was abundantly clear was that both writers were working overtime to prejudice us against these public servants in preparation for the next election. It was well-orchestrated character assassination by your local newspaper.
To the new owners of the Argus: Are these kinds of written assaults okay with you? Because circulation is going to suffer even more if we continue to be subjected to such destructive drivel. Consider yourselves on notice. We deserve better.
Skyler Timko, Petaluma
EDITOR: I love trains. I was born beside one of the oldest railways in the world, the Manchester to Leeds, service from 1839, still running through my hometown in Yorkshire. I was even a trainspotter in the days of steam.
But on Nov. 9 I was stuck at a Petaluma railroad crossing, due to the so-called SMART train, for so long that I had time to come up with a new acronym.
I came to Lakeville Road on East D Street as the barrier came down, intending a left turn south on Lakeville. The traffic signals stopped the Lakeville traffic, and I realized the same would be true a block north at East Washington. Not good, I thought — really disruptive. Blocks all traffic, not just one street. No train came.
The barriers went up and down a couple of times — no train. The other traffic moved but not us. All this time we had a steady red light, on and on for maybe nine minutes. At this point I had had enough and managed to get into the right lane and turn on the red and circled around to the south. By this time, East D was backed up for three blocks. About 10 minutes later I came back north up Lakeville and saw a long backup in all lanes, so I pulled off east, though I wanted to go west on D Street. By this time, East D had gridlocked, blocking the route up to East Washington.
My wife was by an hour later and traffic was still abnormally backed up in the area. This is going to be a nightmare. This summer I did a Eurailpass from Paris to the Balkans and back.
All the railways went from places where big populations of people wanted to live or work, or both, to other such places. They didn't start in a small town and go to nowhere. These passenger-free, traffic snarling, snails-pace products of impractical dreamers need a new name: S.T.U.P.I.D.
Slow, Totally Useless, Pathetic, Incredible Disaster.
Please, voters, kill this expensive farce of a train before these crossings kill a car full of a family and drive the rest of us crazy!
Trevor Pitts, Petaluma
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