Circumcision debate comes down to choice

If circumcision has negligible medical benefits in this day and age, how is it any different than parents deciding to give their newborn a tattoo? Even considering the religious or cultural reasons, is it any less barbaric than, say, tribal scarring?

So for those saying they deserve the choice, what is wrong with the child making its own choice as an adult?

Andre Hill
San Leandro

Searching for a point

Was there a point that Ken Garcia was making in “Seeking public office not the best use of your money”?

Garcia rubs Meg Whitman’s nose in hubris. He shares his ideas of how better to spend one’s fortune. He bemoans a billionaire’s “waste” of campaign dollars. He assures, with the benefit of hindsight, that Whitman got it all wrong, this opinion based on the election outcome.

Maybe the point was: Don’t worry too much about money buying elections. Or perhaps it was: Nothing succeeds like success.

Paul Burton
San Francisco

Proposition B misguided

In response to Steven Greenhut’s op-ed about San Francisco’s recent thoughtless attempt to fix our budget situation on the backs of city workers, I would like to offer a few thoughts contesting his arguments:

– Proposition B was not a modest proposal. Prop. B took a cruel hatchet to city workers and attempted to make them pay for economic mismanagement.

– Moody’s listed several reasons for its modest downgrade of San Francisco’s rating. Moody’s did not blame Prop. B. San Francisco’s rating is still quite high.

– If Prop. B had passed, it would have cost The City greatly — Jeff Adachi’s math regarding potential savings was wrong.

– Prop. B did nothing to structurally fix San Francisco’s budget problems.

City workers feel the brunt of our economic problems in so many ways. For Adachi to take credit for “starting a dialogue” is both egotistical and simply untrue.

Garry Bieringer
San Francisco

Evil is alive

First, there was “Billy the Kid.” Now, “Mohamed the Maniac.”

What kind of person would want to blow up a crowded Christmas tree-lighting ceremony filled with women, children and babies but a deranged, barbaric and cold-hearted one? I hope Mohamed Osman Mohamud spends the rest of his life rotting behind bars.

He may be young in age, but he is pure evil well beyond his years.

Kenneth L. Zimmerman
Huntington Beach

Iran’s double standard

Last week, in the U.N. Council of Human Rights forum, Iran publicly criticized the U.S.

“America,” said the ayatollah-led regime, “must do more to effectively combat violence against women.”
And this is from a regime in which women are stoned to death!

Scott Abramson
San Mateo

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