Changes needed at City College of San Francisco 

I do not have high hopes for the continued existence of City College of San Francisco considering some of the actions coming from the faculty.

They managed to run a once excellent institution into the ground with historically poor practices that threaten its very survival.

It is overwhelming consensus that there needs to be a house cleaning and practices of the past completely discarded with outside intervention and wholesale changes made.

I do not have high hopes when I read the following quote from Women’s Studies Professor Lesie Simon: “We’re upset with people who come from elsewhere ... and want to make changes.”  Is this for real?

That is like saying to Mrs. Lincoln “we resent your inference that the play you attended last night with the President was anything less than a theatrical tour de force.”

John Dillon
San Bruno

NRA and the Second Amendment

Let’s be clear on meaning The NRA acts as if the exact wording of the Second Amendment was this: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

This is the Constitution’s Amendment II, Right to bear arms: “A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Even such a conservative stalwart as Judge Robert Bork said, in 1989, that “the Constitution’s Second Amendment guaranteed the right of states to form militias, not for individuals to bear arms.”

Larry N. Lorenzoni
San Francisco

Choice is like a fox watching a henhouse

Currently President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Jacob Lew was an executive at Citigroup from 2006 to 2008 at the time of the financial crisis. He backed financial deregulation efforts while he headed the Office of Management and Budget under President Bill Clinton. During that time, Clinton enacted two key laws to deregulate Wall Street: the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000.

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont criticized Lew’s nomination for treasury secretary, saying, quote, “We don’t need a treasury secretary who thinks that Wall Street deregulation was not responsible for the financial crisis.” 

The most destructive deregulation came under Clinton, and Lew was there for much of the deregulation by rule. The unit that he was heading would have not been permissible but for the deregulation of getting rid of Glass-Steagall under Clinton.

We haven’t talked about the fact that he got a huge bonus for helping to destroy the world at Citicorp. And he got it through the bailout of Citicorp by the U.S. government. So he produces disaster, profits from the disaster, we pay him bonuses for causing the disaster, and then we have the absurdity of the president saying that this is a man with a track record of unmitigated success.

Ted Rudow III
Palo Alto

Concussions in football

It should come as no surprise that Junior Seau had degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last year. 

Seau was a hard-hitting linebacker who played until he was 40 years old. Could it have been depression triggered by his disease that made him come out of retirement just four days after announcing it in 2006? Possibly. 

If so, it probably increased the probability that Seau would do something to injure himself. To prevent tragedies like this from recurring the NFL should consider prohibiting players above a certain age from playing. I say 35.
Sorry, Tom Brady, but this could be your last year.   

Steven Carton
San Francisco

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