Lucas museum should win Presidio bid

“Presidio projects must address key issues,” The City, Nov. 24

Thank you for printing the picture of the Presidio Exchange’s blue tacky ranch-house style proposal next to the Beaux Arts-style proposal for a museum to share George Lucas’ personal art collection with the public.

It shows clearly that Lucas’ proposal is much more beautiful and complementary to the nearby Palace of Fine Arts. The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum would bring an opportunity to millions of families to be introduced to art as something fun and not stuffy, because the art in his collection is Americana, past and present. Regular folk could relate to it instantly, whether it’s his substantial collection of art by Norman Rockwell or the artifacts of his “Star Wars” film series.

Driving into San Francisco from the Golden Gate Bridge, one would see the elegant Lucas Beaux-Arts style building and be attracted to visit. Please, Presidio Trust, do not pass up this opportunity.

We have been looking at the site and wondering how could a Sports Basement store be allowed inside the Presidio for commercial purposes for years.

Tomasita Medál San Francisco

➤ Moscone, Milk assassination

Excessive waste of resource

Thirty-five years of peaceful assembly to honor the memory of George Moscone and Harvey Milk is shattered by the presence of hundreds of police. The police were not menacing. What was menacing was the waste of precious resources. Resources that should be used for pressing issues such as the rising number of people without homes.

The police presence and the whirring helicopter above was an insult to the memory of Moscone and Milk who came into office with a sense of genuine compassion and hope for all San Franciscans. The police in our day are hardly a symbol of hope and compassion. Instead they are the opposite. This is brought out daily when homeless people are harassed and minority youth are killed, all mostly to protect the one percent’s property and pathways.

What is needed is a better deployment of our police to help and protect and not menace our citizenry. Our legislators need to seriously consider how we deploy our police force and calculate the cost.

The original idea to surround the celebrants of Moscone and Milk at the memorial may have been to help and guide traffic but it was done in excess, costing tens of thousands of dollars. How does a helicopter fit into this picture?

Denise D’Anne San Francisco

➤ “More native tribes embracing gay marriage,” The City, Monday

Holiday history lesson

Oscar Raymundo begins his Nov. 25 column by claiming that at the original Thanksgiving the Pilgrims were thanking the Native Americans they encountered. Quite the contrary. They were giving thanks to God.

If Raymundo gets that so blatantly wrong, how can we trust anything else he writes?

Albert Alioto San Franciscoletters to the editorOpinion

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