Obama needs support in removing Gadhafi 

President Barack Obama deserves the criticism he received for his hesitant and too-long-delayed action in Libya. His war aims lacked clarity and still remain fuzzy and muddled. His actions placed a higher value on the opinions of the Arab League and the United Nations over the United States Congress’ constitutional role.

However, to the extent that Obama can be encouraged to finish the job of removing Moammar Gadhafi from power in Libya, he should be supported. His belated intervention was both right and necessary.

This very political president now seems to understand that we have to win in Libya by removing Gadhafi. That outcome appears imminently achievable if given adequate support.

Jim Hartman, Berkeley

Anti-family progressives

In response to your March 23 story, “City becoming a child-free zone,” you can blame our so-called “progressive” supervisors for this problem. They continue to block any attempt to increase middle class home ownership in San Francisco inspite of the fact that most of the supervisors themselves are homeowners.

Families leave San Francisco because they want to buy a home, someplace to call their own with their own roof, walls and fireplace.

Until San Francisco starts electing supervisors who will not waste time banning toys at McDonald’s or passing foreign policy resolutions and don’t view home ownership as a privilege of elected politicians, this problem will continue to get worse.

E.F. Sullivan, San Francisco

Caltrain service invaluable

I purchased my residence in a complex called the Crossings in Mountain View, which was built around easy access to the San Antonio Caltrain station, because I wanted to use the train as much as possible. Since then, I have also gotten many of my friends hooked on taking the train. It’s invaluable.

You just have to see how many people depend on the train every day, including weekends, to see it is an essential service. The alternatives are impractical or in some cases nonexistent, short of staying home. Young people don’t drive, many old people cannot drive, and many of the rest of us want to drive as little as possible. With the price of oil rising, it seems all the more important to focus on public transit such as Caltrain.

Johanne Corbeil, Mountain View

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