Why are they protest­ing?

Record Observer - - Opinion -

In this post-elec­tion time af­ter the vic­tory of Don­ald Trump over Hil­lary Clin­ton, I am not sure that I quite un­der­stand all of the protests around the coun­try over Trump’s elec­tion. I’m not happy with his elec­tion and would have been even more un­happy if Hil­lary had won, but the fact is, he is our pres­i­dent-elect and will go into of­fice in Jan­uary whether you like it or not. And the idea of see­ing high school kids, who are not even old enough to vote, out wav­ing plac­ards and signs in protest seems rather silly to me. All this protest­ing is not go­ing to change the elec­tion out­come.


Had a most pleas­ant tele­phone call the other day from Frances Con­ley, out Ruths­burg way. Ms. Con­ley was my go-to lady when I was editor of the RO years ago when­ever I needed any in­for­ma­tion about Ruths­burg. She could al­ways be de­pended on to find me an­swers.

She called me the other day to tell me she en­joys the col­umn and wanted to say that she has a rather un­usual birth­day. She was born on the 11th hour, the 11th day of the 11th month in 1926. I said, that is rather un­usual — so I of­fered her a be­lated birth­day greet­ings. She said her chil­dren gave her a big 90th birth­day party. I said I hope she was well, be­cause she is still two years be­hind me in years, and that I hoped both of us will be around to say Happy Birth­day again next year.


I read in the pa­pers the other day we have a new ad­min­is­tra­tor for the Bay Bridges. Richard Jaramillo said in the ar­ti­cle that his top pri­or­ity is safety and se­cu­rity, and that right now he is “lov­ing it and en­joy­ing my­self.”

I noted also in the story that the traf­fic has in­creased quite a bit since the first span opened in 1952. In that first year, traf­fic vol­ume in both di­rec­tions was 870,000. In the last fis­cal year 2015, the traf­fic vol­ume was 25.7 mil­lion, in both di­rec­tions on both spans, as the sec­ond one opened in 1973.

And it will keep on go­ing up, so where are we go­ing to build that third span? Maybe I’ll ask the new ad­min­is­tra­tor what he thinks!

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