This appears to be an attempt to play the strength-in-numbers game, because whites are not broken down into ethnicities. If we broke down the white entry into Polish, German, Irish, Scandinavian, British, French, Norwegian, Russian, etc., we would see that we are all minorities. If we change our labeling system, we can become a more-united and better-functioning society.
Joseph B. Salinas
Many of my friends and I have experienced racism. It's an ugly thing. That's my point: Destructive acts of racism have their roots in racist beliefs. Hitler had to form beliefs about Jews before he moved on to genocide. Without generalizations about people based on skin color, there are no racist acts.
Yes, Eva Zorrilla Tessler's views on race (TQ&A, Dec. 11) are based on her own experiences. Michael Richards' are, too. The same is true of Adolf Hitler. If someone wants to judge people based on race because of their own experiences, that's their right. However, as a country, the United States has been teaching people the opposite. The point of my letter was that people who assume things about
others based on the color of their skin should be corrected instead of given awards. There is no "white point of view" any more than there's an Asian point of view or a Hispanic point of view. Attributing characteristics other than race to someone's skin color is just wrong, because it's not true.
David Bayardo's assertion that white men are responsible for the repression of women and acceptable destruction of culture is absurd. Clearly, those phenomena exist across racial barriers. Women are still repressed in many countries of the Middle East as well as in many African countries. Their repression has absolutely nothing to do with Caucasians. David is trying to scapegoat white people for human behaviors that have been historically demonstrated by many different races.
Bicycle traffic gets an even shorter shrift than pedestrians do. The article says nothing about them. The diagram has a cryptic note that bicycles will use a "box turn." I found some extremely confusing descriptions and diagrams online that purported to explain a "bike box" at intersections. These appear to contravene the general principle that bicycles should follow the same rules as motor vehicles.
It appears that we're looking at intersections with three distinct traffic patterns: one for motor vehicles, one for bicycles and one for pedestrians. Of course, all three groups will have to be fully aware of the rules for the other two to avoid problems.
I agree with the resident who said that although the idea may be brilliant, it doesn't appear to have a lot of logic or sense to it.
I hope that every voter in his district watched this program to see what is representing them for the next few years. Sen. Linda Lopez deserves an award for sitting next to this lunatic for nearly 20 minutes and not once reaching over to choke the living crap out of him.
It's going to be an interesting session.