John Green, Bay Area News Group
Q Gary, you wrote that “the CHP says it’s safer for everyone if road boulders move over if others want to go faster.” C’mon. Are you really saying the CHP says that it is OK to aid and abet those bent on breaking the law?
A Don’t believe me? Then read this:
Q Many years ago, I too was one of those smug, ignorant people who believed that doing the speed limit in the fast lane was correct and appropriate.
At the time I was good friends with the captain of the Highway Patrol in Redwood City.
This discussion came up and I boldly stated my case, and he quickly put me in my place. He said you NEVER know who or what the situation is driving behind you. There may be someone in that car that is having a heart attack, or having a baby, or going into anaphylactic shock or worse. So always, always, always MOVE OVER AND LET THAT CAR PASS!
I learned my lesson and ALWAYS move to the right when being tailed in the fast lane.
Judy Haag Scarioni
A I hope other road boulders heed his and your advice.
Q Mr. Richards, on the subject of road boulders, I know you shouldn’t argue with someone who buys ink by the tank-carload, but your rationale for ignoring speed laws that you may disagree with wows me. Many of the income taxes I pay I feel are badly used, so next April I will withhold some of them, and when the IRS comes calling, I will refer them to you, saying: “Mr. Richards says we only need to obey the laws we want to, so, that’s what I did.”
Sorry, your answer on road boulders and speeding doesn’t fly.
A Tattling to the IRS also doesn’t fly!
Q I exited from southbound I-280 at Winchester Boulevard and noticed that the street sign for “Winchester” hanging above the road is painted in a different font than other street signs. The lettering looks to be a more Gothic-style font. The same is true for the road sign for the next street crossing Winchester. Is this a sanctioned street sign with lettering befitting the Winchester Mystery House or have some entrepreneurial individuals been hard at work? It’s pretty cool.
A Lilly-a-city-traffic-guru says she’s not aware of any new cool, creative signs for the area and that it’s likely some entrepreneurial individuals at work.
Q The other day you addressed the concerns about getting to 49er games. What about the Cal-Oregon game on Friday, Oct. 24, in rush hour? Are there plans for accommodating all of the extra people trying to get to the game? There will be many Oregon alumni and Cal fans going to this game.
A Yep, the number of light-rail cars and buses deployed will be based on the expected crowd. Oh, and give me 75 points and I’ll take the Bears for a super-sized ice tea with lemon.