Letters from our Readers: Caltrain bike bumping an unpleasant practice

People like me commute by bike and Caltrain because it is meaningful to be doing something good for the environment. However, the reason I do not encourage my biking friends to commute daily to work via Caltrain is that I know they’d be bumped like I have been, and it’s very unpleasant.

I still commute with my bike on Caltrain even though I get bumped occasionally, but I do not recommend it. This is an important distinction because if I never got bumped, I would be very vocal and enthusiastic about trying to get others to commute with their bikes on Caltrain.

Christine Ricks, San Carlos

A different kind of war

Fifty thousand American troops are still in Iraq in spite of the mission name change. The danger in Iraq is from suicide bombers and roadside mines. Changing the name of the mission sounds good to the folks at home, but our enemies don’t care. Our troops are still targets and potential casualties.

We are in a different kind of war. We are not fighting uniformed armies with traditional rules. We are fighting against guerillas that hide behind women and children. Unlike sporting events, wars do not have pre-scheduled start and finish dates.

Keith C. De Filippis, San Jose

State drags country down

The latest report on the world’s most productive countries has the United States at No. 4, behind Sweden, Switzerland and Singapore.

Remember when the United States was the world’s most productive country, and California was the world’s fourth largest economy? Now California is around No. 10. As goes California, so goes the United States.

California now consists of one in eight Americans, and some 2.5 out of eight Americans are on welfare, plus California sends considerably more tax money to the federal government than it receives back.

Frank Norton, San Francisco

Don’t get complacent

Change, we need change! Change what to what? Our Constitution was structured to permanently protect the people from the human frailties of their rulers. Have you heard what our leaders are saying these days? Seems they know what is best and what’s good for us. We are too ignorant and uneducated to know how to take care of ourselves.

Citizens, we vote our leaders in to “represent” us — not to “dictate” to us. The greatest danger to our freedoms arises when leaders are so completely trusted that the people feel no anxiety to watch them. Our Founding Fathers had it right then and it’s still right today — we must keep our representatives bound by the Constitution!

Sandra Dillon, San Mateo

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