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Bay Area roads too
busy for roundabouts

Dearly departed Mr. Roadshow was a big fan of roundabouts, touting their use on Bay Area roads multiple times. I grew up in New Jersey with traffic circles 60 years ago.  None of those circles exist today, replaced by signalized intersections.

In order to work, roundabouts demand a culture of sharing and cooperation, requiring  multiple occasions of merging and zippering to accomplish the transit through the circle. The Bay Area is notorious for fighting over every inch of asphaltic real estate.

Roundabouts work fine for low traffic volumes, but they become a nightmare in high volume traffic conditions, such as the Bay Area.

Eugene Ely
San Jose

Expanded solar could
end PG&E monopoly

Pacific Gas & Electric and the California Public Utilities Commission are afraid of solar power for one reason: It works.

We have had solar panels on our house for 12 years and our largest electric bill has been $12. There have been no issues with the system. Monthly I can see my energy production, and we produce far more than we use.

Every home in the Bay Area should have solar installed and we could break the PG&E monopoly.

August Michaels
San Jose

Alternative technologies
needed to bridge divide

Re: “State too reliant on fiber to span the digital divide” (Page A6, May 7).

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