The article alleging racial bias in student discipline assumes that because black and Hispanic students are being suspended from school more frequently than Asian and Caucasian students, the cause “must” be racism (“Taking prejudice out of punishment,” Sunday). Read More
It was shoddy, incompetent journalism when these raw statistics ran in The New York Times a few months ago, and it remains the same in Amy Crawford’s superficial, cut-and-paste piece (“Taking prejudice out of punishment,” Sunday). Read More
To the letter writer from San Bruno: The 7 “measly acres” you refer to actually belong to the taxpayers of San Francisco and not to a San Bruno resident (“Small Golden Gate Park patch a big deal for families,” Letters, Wednesday). Read More
Golden Gate Park has 1,017 acres. Is Katherine Howard of the group SF Ocean Edge and other opponents of the plan to install lights and turf in the park (“Turf replacement may face appeal,” May 27) trying to tell me that we can’t spare 7 measly acres so kids can have a decent recreational facility? Read More
As a gay resident of San Francisco for nearly 40 years you can imagine how supremely delighted I was to glance up while waiting for a Muni bus and see an unmistakably, wonderfully gay Gap advertisement on the side of the bus! Were my eyes deceiving me? There they were, two cute gay young men tucked inside a Gap T-shirt, with the caption, ‘Be One.’ Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to shorten state employee workweeks should start with the Office of the lieutenant governor. Apparently, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom dislikes “boring” Sacramento so much, he only shows up to work there one day a week.Newsom dismisses his $160,000 government job as do-nothing, insignificant and irrelevant. Yet, voters felt he was a perfect fit. Read More
I hope Barry Bonds does not rejoin the Giants (“Bonds a coach? It’s possible,” May 29).
As Bonds stated, he is a felon. Then he went on to gloat that he was “never convicted of steroids,” but did not deny using them. Remember, Bonds testified before a grand jury that he used a clear substance and a cream given to him by a trainer who was indicted in a steroid-distribution ring. Bonds claimed he didn’t know they were steroids. Read More
Letter writer Ann Grogan forgets the original question behind the debate regarding whether or not the Recreation and Park Department should be allowed to abandon another park responsibility by throwing Coit Tower into private hands: Will privatizing public park facilities keep other parks free? The answer remains a resounding no, and voting yes on Proposition B would redirect Rec and Park back to its mandate. (“Prop. B debate continues,” Letters, Sunday) Read More
The San Francisco Examiner article on the 7-acre artificial turf fiasco planned for Golden Gate Park was breathtakingly one-sided (“Beach Chalet fields grass clash,” May 22).
Photos of a child locked out of a field, and gopher holes? Really? Where are the photos of glorious raptor birds, of majestic trees, of families enjoying the beauty of nature? Read More
Without clean air and water and natural beauty, California wouldn’t be a desirable place to live or do business. But it’s not easy to take on the special interests who would despoil California. State Senate candidate and former Assemblywoman Sally Lieber showed uncommon courage in taking on tough battles in the Assembly to protect the environment and our health. Lieber received death threats over her smog check legislation, but stuck with it and got it passed. Read More