How did Holland come to be our neighbor?

Obviously my suggestion on minimum behavioral standards would not have saved Kate Horan. Gary Scott Holland would have fooled any investigator. After all, much of his behavior characteristics could be deemed admirable for certain career paths.

I wonder how many so-called mental health and social welfare professionals have interviewed, observed and treated this creature over the course of his lifetime. Hundreds perhaps. And where are they now? I mean, isn’t it Holland who willed himself into our midst the sum total of modern corrections, public health and public school systems in California?

Let us, figuratively, of course, dissect Holland and learn how and why he came to be our neighbor. And this time, point the finger of blame and demand accountability from those who prefer to retreat into the woodwork when “stuff happens.”

Michael Korzen
San Francisco

Jobs in our backyard

I can view the old Goodman’s Lumber site from my kitchen window, and let me tell you, the just-opened Lowe’s is a vast improvement over the boarded-up blight that has stood on the site for the last 10 years.

My thanks to the Bayview folk who challenged Bernal NIMBYs by saying, in effect: “Screw your backyard, we want jobs for our kids!” (How Detroit blight is “progressive” is beyond me.)

Been in the store. Heartening to see so many youngsters allowed a foot on the first rung; a starting opportunity. Oh, and that “too much traffic, too much noise” fear mongering — that was just that.

Paul Burton
San Francisco

Do what Herrera does

In response to your front-page early hit piece on Sen. Leland Yee, who recently declared his candidacy for mayor, let me remind you that City Attorney Dennis Herrera set the precedence of running for re-election unopposed with an expensive campaign featuring television ads promoting his closure of the Potrero Hill Power Plant.

Photos of his kickoff at the Buchanan YMCA were plastered on Facebook featuring the faces of many of the progressive supervisors and labor leaders. His swearing-in ceremony at City Hall resembled an inaugural. He declared his candidacy for mayor shortly after winning relection.

Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai
San Francisco

Evolution of profiling

The answer to the question of why some modern countries are successful and others are not boils down to their belief system (religion). In America, the Declaration of Independence reads that all men (people) are created equal; thereafter, their rewards depend on their contributions to society.

Racially, most primitive tribal countries had before the age of explorers and colonialism, one race, subtype or nationality, and language, be it English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, etc.

Today, most all countries consist of a citizenry speaking many languages.

Thus today in America, we profile as to the age, gender, sexual orientation, language, disabilities, religion, wealth and political party allegiance. All of these have replaced racial profiling of the earlier primitive tribal groups over the past 200,000 years.

Look how far humanity has advanced.

Frank Norton
San Francisco

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