Bringing back Bonds would be giant error 

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.

Bonds’ lack of credibility and the substantial circumstantial evidence have convinced me and others that Bonds knowingly took steroids, and thus his reputation and legacy are forever tarnished.

But does it matter? In this age of wide-scale cheating and lying by public officials, researchers, school officials, students, etc., Bonds’ use of steroids appears irrelevant to a lot of people. After all, baseball is just entertainment and “everyone” was doing it. It should matter, because steroid use is up among high school students and even eighth-graders.

I suggest the Giants pass on letting onds join the team in any capacity, because it would send the wrong message to our young people.

Ralph E. Stone
San Francisco

The 1 percent goes sailing

Melissa Griffin’s Sunday article (“Sweeten tax bills with new reform,” May 27) had a photo of an old wealthy couple on a yacht, with the caption, “Sailing: Buy voters’ good will by curbing public employees’ vacation subsidies.”

Excuse me, but that guy looked like a rich capitalist in the private sector, not a public employee!

Lotus Yee Fong
San Francisco

Prop. B in perspective

I don’t interpret Proposition B as requiring the Recreation and Park Department to “relinquish its duty to other parks” other than at Coit Tower, as letter-writter Andrea O’Leary suggests (“$1.7M gift shows S.F. does have park funds,” Letters, May 29).

She skirts the edges of hyperbole to claim the “only” reason private companies do anything is for pure profit. And public employees protected by both civil service and public unions — plus benefiting from adequate to ample salaries and secure future pensions — do nothing for “profit”?

I wish I had her certainty that the economy will recover and we can go back to halcyon days with the government doing it all for us. A pretty park or landmark is nice, but I’d prefer The City to prioritize public needs and spend scarce taxpayer dollars on public safety so I can enjoy a park well-run by private business.

Ann Grogan
San Francisco

Nuclear fallout poses risk

Reading your brief news item that radiation from Japan’s damaged nuclear power plant has been measured in tuna caught near San Diego (“Around the state,” May 29), other reports were that the tuna measurements were more than six times the normal amount and radiation in the Pacific Ocean was three times the normal amount.

Meanwhile, in Japan, the open burning of radioactive contaminated material continues, and rock from a quarry near the damaged reactors has been delivered to some 40 projects in Japan. In one located some 40 miles away, the radiation from the rock in the foundation of the housing complex was so high the first two floors of the building have been vacated.

Is it any wonder the American and Russian atmospheric atomic bomb tests were discontinued in the 1950s due to a concern that the contamination of the earth was a threat to the continuance of the human race?

Frank Norton
San Francisco

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