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“New Bonds is the same old phony,” Balls, April 24

Attacks on Bonds are without moral authority

How much longer will you allow one “Balls” to spew out his character attacks against Barry Bonds while neglecting the fact that Bonds’ accomplishments are legend? Seven times named National League MVP, all-time home run leader, one of the best batting eyes in the history of the sport, speed and agility in the outfield and on the bases.

Yet all we hear from “Balls” is that Barry is a “cheat,” a “phony,” and that only “idiots” cheer his name.

In cheating, he no doubt is referring to the fact that Barry is accused of using “performance enhancing drugs” — as if that was some sort of serious charge.

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Since the time of the ancient Romans and Greeks, professional athletes have been doing all in their power to enhance their performances and protect their health so as to continue pursuing the sport they earn their living from. No different than those in any walk of life, where competition is fierce and rewards are high.

Check out your favorite Hollywood star and find out when they had their face lifted, tummy tucked, breasts enhanced or hair dyed, not to mention what drugs they might use to keep sharp in front of the camera.

What “Balls” is doing is pursuing the vendetta manufactured by the U.S. Government, which claims to have “moral authority” on deciding what drugs we put in our bodies.

Let “Balls” list the substances he puts in his bloated body before he throws barbs at great athletes like Barry Bonds.

Charles M. Minster

San Francisco

“San Francisco westside residents are ‘mad as hell’ about crime,” In My View, April 10

Safety and taxes always related

It is a funny thing: As the population and taxes go up, so does the crime rate.

The City and state seems to want the population to increase in order to increase the flow of money into the city and state coffers. Today, it is insufficient to just lock one’s door and windows, for some have installed metal bars on their windows and doors, or live in gated communities.

Mexico has even claimed that as a country, it is much safer place to live and visit than in the United States. Of course, Mexico does not have the population of the United States, and is a smaller country.

In the 1950s, the population density of San Francisco was so low that residents did not have to lock their house and car doors, and milk was even delivered to their door steps. The number of laws were less, and so were the taxes. I also do not remember the number of homeless sleeping and roaming the streets either.

Plus, shopping avenues also had the local policeman who walked up and down the avenue, maintaining law and order.

Frank Norton

San Francisco

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