Petaluma team shows its baseball smarts 

The only reason I watched the Little League World Series was the fact that Petaluma was playing.

I am not really a very good baseball fan, but on Tuesday, I was amazed at the Petaluma team.

It did not look too good for Petaluma when, in the first inning, the pitcher had thrown 25 pitches and, in the second inning, he had runners at first and second. Then, the miracle happened. Cole Tomei, the third baseman, recognized before the pitcher had thrown the ball that it was going to be a bunt and charged the plate. I think he was only about 12 feet from the plate when he picked up the ball and, to my surprise, threw it to third, where the shortstop had moved. The shortstop threw it to first for the double play.

That play seemed to inspire the whole team and it never looked back.

John “Scotty” Thomas
San Francisco


Voters must ask questions

Letter writer Eric Higgins (“GOP ran dirtier campaigns,” Thursday) is either a blind ideologue or
completely misguided.

The “names” President Barack Obama has been called are speculation based on evidence of associations and political positions that can be documented (as are the “charges” in the swift boat and Willie Horton ads).

The attacks on Bain Capital are admittedly simply frontal attacks on capitalism based on a conviction that the private enterprise system is inferior to a centrally directed government system, and the personal attacks on Mitt Romney are vicious inferences based on no data at all.  

I prefer a questioning electorate to a mudslinging incumbent and hope the issue will be resolved for the better by those who wish to see a correction to the disastrous direction into which the country is currently being led.

Phil Page
San Francisco


State’s green law needed

Gov. Jerry Brown has never had the qualifications and financial success of HP CEO Meg Whitman, nor does he have the star power and earning potential of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now he’s facing the complaints of business groups that complain that the California Environmental Quality Act is being misused to block worthwhile projects for reasons that have nothing to do with the environment (“California reconsiders key environmental law,” Friday).

The governor has indicated that he may seek a CEQA exemption for the highly controversial high-speed rail project, and has indicated a willingness to change the environmental law.

To run a high-speed rail project in California is no small chore. Just think of all the cropland, buildings and homes, flood zones; rights of way; animal crossings, marshes, wetlands, rivers,  parks, roads, and gas and electric pipes. 

High-speed rail is not environmentally friendly and is very costly.

I wonder how Brown’s proposed exemptions of the CEQA will hurt the environment for a project that the state does not have to money to build or maintain.

Frank Norton
San Francisco


Astronaut was role model

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, who passed away Saturday, is a true American hero.

He not only vaulted America into the lead in the space race over the Soviet Union by landing and walking on the moon, but was modest and humble rather than arrogant and conceited.

He is the type of role model that everyone should be proud of emulating.

Kenneth L. Zimmerman
Huntington Beach

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