At the May 23 Redwood City City Council meeting, it was good to see so many concerned citizens asking questions and expressing opinions about the Saltworks development.
The City Council reassured us that final approval would not be granted until all issues raised in the forthcoming environmental impact report were answered to our satisfaction, all costs were known and we the citizens had voted — even if that took 10 years! I would prefer that the City Council would have the courage to reject this massive Bayfront project before such an enormous expenditure of staff time and resources.
Putting 12,000 houses on salt ponds just doesn’t make sense.
Nada Ballator, Redwood City
Politics of education
As a Florida State University school of social work alumna, I found your May 25 op-ed “No blank check for donor intent” mighty disturbing. Attaching political “strings” to donations absolutely constitutes a “violation of academic freedom that gives outsiders inappropriate control over what happens in the university.”
Is there any doubt at all that the Charles G. Koch Foundation will use its bias, prejudice and inappropriate influence in funding FSU’s economics professors? By accepting Koch’s money, FSU can no longer assume its economics courses will be grounded in intellectual rigor. Instead, the school merely becomes a willing partner in the agenda we hear all the time from Koch and his cohorts.
Sherrie Matza, San Francisco
Leave choice to parents
Much of the discussion about San Francisco’s proposed ban on circumcision has focused on the argument that it would religiously discriminate against Jews and Muslims. But as of 2002, almost 80 percent of American men were circumcised. So rather than circumcision being an archaic barbarism confined to a minority, it is, in fact, the uncircumcised who are out of the mainstream in America.
The medical benefits of circumcision are well-known and well-documented. When you add those to the normality of this practice in America, the busybodies’ case to intervene in parental rights falls apart.
Cary Fulbright, San Francisco
Deciding to try dictators
If we leave dictators we previously supported (such as Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak) to be tried for crimes by those who overthrow them, other dictators we currently keep company with may be concerned we would leave them to their fate. But we owe no dictator an apology for the stew they brew.
Let a court of their peers try them for crimes they committed to remain in power.
Al Ujcic, San Francisco