Letters from our Readers: Story unfairly targets owners of pit bulls

Your Sunday story about the dog-stabbing incident in Fort Funston repeatedly described the accused assailant as a “pit bull” owner. And I couldn’t help but wonder why? You didn’t once describe the breed of the dog that was stabbed. But for some reason, you found it pertinent to make sure everyone knew the suspect’s dog was a pit bull — even though that dog was not guilty of taking part in that terrible attack at all.

I was wondering if you could explain this? I am a pit bull owner and I don’t walk around my neighborhood stabbing dogs. But after reading your story, it seems I might be predisposed to doing so. I am hoping you could fill me in if I was missing something, just in case I go on a rampage and am not sure why.

Damian Padilla, San Francisco

Walkers aren’t bikers

I sincerely hope that Walk SF — from Sunday’s 3-Minute Interview — is not like the Bicycle Coalition. Even us pedestrians get stuck in the coalition’s self-absorbed traffic messes. I try to walk as much as I can; I don’t own a car or a bike. And I dislike anyone acting superior because they caused a traffic standstill in the name of political correctness. How is this fun? It sounds like elitist hypocrisy to me.

Martha Hughes, San Francisco

Tell us how CalPERS failed

Superior Court Judge Charlotte Woolard instructed CalPERS to explain how it lost $100 million in Page Mill Properties investment. Page Mill was one of the largest landlords in East Palo Alto. It managed approximately 100 properties. Last year, Page Mill defaulted on a $50 million balloon payment and its properties reverted to Wells Fargo Bank.

CalPERS has cited state law restricting access to records concerning public investments in “hedge funds” and venture capital. This is a matter of public concern because taxpayers are liable for paying public employees’ pensions and making up for the losses on CalPERS investments. We are going to take a double hit on this blunder.

Why is there such a culture of secrecy? There needs to be transparency. The public is entitled to know what caused the loss. Was there fraud? What was CalPERS' vetting process? How can the profits be private but the risks be public? Now is the time for the culture of secrecy to end.

Richard King, Palo Alto
 
GOP nearing corruption

Republicans will come close to corrupt activity if they follow up on their idea to indirectly stifle funding for the new health care law by blocking the Internal Revenue Service from hiring new agents to investigate related tax-dodging.

With such GOP friends to rig the legal process, Chicago Prohibition gangster Al Capone would never have spent a night behind bars in Alcatraz for his conviction on tax evasion.

Al Ujcic, San Francisco

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