Trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in criminal court goes beyond dumb. Even stupid does not define this action. Doesn’t Attorney General Eric Holder remember the O.J. trial, the Menendez brothers trial, the “Twinkie defense” trial and the Robert Blake trial?
This terrorist’s trial will turn into a media circus. There may or may not be TV cameras in the courtroom, but there will be reporters. The defense strategy will be to attack the Bush administration. The defendant was not Mirandized, so confessions cannot be admitted. The same goes for the chain of evidence. In civil court, this is a guaranteed dismissal. What are we going to try him for, spitting on the sidewalk?
Keith C. De Filippis, San Jose
Muni promotion needed
Money problems have become a big issue for San Francisco. The City is trying to collect money from everywhere, even increasing Muni fees without complaints from the people. I think if The City wants people to choose to spend their money and not just force them to pay, they should give them a reason to spend. A “Buy One, Get One Free” promotion might make people smile in this hard time.
Ayupa Ngoenprakob, San Francisco
AP targets Palin’s book
The Associated Press assigned no fewer than 10 “fact checkers” to comb through Sarah Palin’s book, “Going Rogue,” looking for factual errors. The result of this massive commitment of resources from the AP, which recently announced layoffs for 10 percent of its reporters, yielded very little in the way of misrepresented facts.
Needless to say, the AP never previously assigned fact checkers to apply the same level of scrutiny to books written by Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden or Barack Obama.
Jim Hartman, Berkeley
Newt rings of Confederacy
Disarmingly charming, that Ol’ Newt Gingrich! His Nov. 13 column called for “reserving the remainder of governmental power to the states or to the people.” But I don’t trust that man’s words. Just remember it was the Confederacy’s vision of “states’ rights” that got us into the Civil War. It sure wasn’t the overarching federal government and it wasn’t people power.
Gordon D. Robertson, San Francisco
Vacancies impair The City
Downtown, especially on Market Street, there are a bunch of vacant buildings which have appeared in the recession. Vacant spaces are disheartening because they show that there is no vitality in the area. San Francisco is one of the cities that many tourists visit, and the empty spaces give disappointing images to them. Moreover, it makes people living here feel worse about how bad the recession is because of the vacancies. We should redevelop the area to make the street bright again.
Camilla Choi, San Francisco
Parking a problem for RWC
The ambitious and expensive redevelopment of downtown Redwood City has not been successful because of round-the-clock pay parking.
Marilyn Dawson, Menlo Park