Population growth to blame for garbage problems

“Where does the garbage go?” In My View, April 21
Population growth to blame for garbage problems

​Conor Johnston’s opinion piece is an attempt to put an optimistic view on yet another environmental problem stemming from the endless population growth and development in the Bay Area.

The Department Of The Environment’s “Zero Waste” campaign (mainly recycling, composting, and landfilling) is merely a voodoo approach that is severely inadequate to deal with The City’s current and future solid waste problem. In fact, some of the methods lack a scientific analysis of their true impact on the environment (such as a purported reduction in greenhouse gas emissions) and their effects may actually be detrimental rather than beneficial. These costly, but ineffective solid waste disposal techniques are another indicator that the City cannot accommodate any further population growth and compelling reason that no more housing should be built.

Furthermore, Johnston’s and London Breed’s ban on plastic bags and Styrofoam may very well conflict with the Constitutional rights of the businesses who manufacture and sell these products. Plastics manufacturers may use the 14th Amendment to argue that the government has “taken” their economic livelihood without demonstrating any “compelling interest” or providing them with “just compensation.”

If the courts rightly throw out the Board of Supervisors’ ridiculous ban on plastic products, The City will be liable for paying out millions in damages and attorney’s fees to the plastics manufacturers. And as usual, The City’s perpetually troubled finances will go even deeper in the red.

Galen L. Dutch, San Francisco

“‘Frisco Five’ spotlight Mayor Lee’s deficiencies,” Editorial, May 1
Holding Mayor Lee accountable

Thanks for your Sunday editorial. He’s quite the do-nothing at times. You argue the issue excellently and pin him precisely in parts like: “weak-kneed plans,” “confident that we know all we need to know,” and “loyalty to Suhr interferes with his ability to act as mayor.”

The acting mayor was his beginning, and he keeps on as a bad actor, totally unconvincing that he feels anything when he talks about this issue. No wonder he’s often considered just a Willie Clown clone. What we don’t know yet is what Asst. Mayor Ron Conway thinks.

The problem is not police training; it’s the command structure. Somebody ordered them into that formation and told them to fire into the back of a man who was trying to slowly walk away from their menace, which was so out of proportion it resembled science fiction or some maneuvers in a police state.

Richard Hack, San Francisco

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