Make some room for bikes on Caltrain
I am committed to using Caltrain because it’s green, relieves traffic on Highway 101, allows me to work en route and provides daily exercise by biking there. I rely on bike space on Caltrain to get to work every day because I need to cycle from home to Caltrain and from Caltrain to work. I have to resort to driving to make my first meeting on time when I am bumped, obviating all the benefits described above.
We therefore definitely need the proposed increased bike capacity. I know of people whose bikes have been stolen off Caltrain. It is essential that sufficient seats and standing space be available in each bike car. I hope Caltrain will consider consolidating bikes and seats into dedicated carriages to maximize train use and decrease cars on the roads and Caltrain parking lots.
Suzie Scales, San Mateo
Treat dog owners
According to “Bots with arf-official intelligence?” (Daily Briefing, Jan. 11), a moving treat dispenser has been created to motivate pets who have separation anxiety, obesity and depression to chase it around. Well, don’t pet owners have many of these same issues, too?
Maybe a robot should also be created for humans to chase, which also contains treats. It could become a game called Candy Rush.
Jeremy Davidoff, Novato
Concerning “Five reasons Tim Cook’s Apple legacy is on the line” (Business, Jan. 8): The biggest reason Apple is starting to rot is because of how it is treating its core base of longtime American customers. Why is Apple relying on China to boost its sales instead of offering more reasonably priced iPhones in the U.S. market?
No one should spend more for a smartphone than for (as this article notes) a refrigerator. While my iPhone 6S doesn’t have all the features of the latest version, I’m perfectly happy with it and plan to keep it as long as possible. The new iPhones are simply too expensive.
Raneesh Patel, Foster City
Regarding “Name that ballpark — for a price” (Letters, Jan. 11): The letter writer accurately hits the problem and solution on the head, but the suggested name for the San Francisco Giants’ stadium is a bit cumbersome. “‘Your Name Here’ Park” fits better on a hat.
Tim Curley, Sonoma
Regarding “Trump is changing the Democratic Party” (Opinion, Jan. 11): As a proud union member, I resent Andrew Malcolm’s characterization of Democrats in his latest column as a “motley collection” of groups with competing self-interests, including African Americans, union members and government workers. Unlike the GOP, the Democrats are a party of inclusion. They believe in socioeconomic justice and equality for people from all walks of society. Meanwhile, the Republicans under President Trump are a party that caters to the affluent and corporations.
They have shamefully scapegoated immigrants so that working-class white citizens can feel superior to another group. During this long government shutdown, Trump has shown little concern for the hundreds of thousands of government workers who are not getting paid, claiming most of them are Democrats, anyway. Instead of making decisions on behalf of all citizens, Trump and the GOP are only interested in appealing to their nativist supporters.
Eleanor Fischbein, Alameda