Preservation can be good for communities

Ken Garcia is clearly not from San Francisco. He is resentful of preservationists who have a vested interest in their community.

Would he have liked the Embarcadero Freeway to have been rebuilt? Mission Dolores torn down? The Bay filled to expand the airport?

As it is, we have lost City of Paris, Plaza Hotel, Playland at the Beach, Sutro Baths and the St. Francis riding stables. He likes that the Asian Art Museum replaced the Main Library, but the new Main Library is awful! Can’t even find the entrances.

Whoever removed the small Cliff House annex obviously wasn’t from San Francisco either. Turning Golden Gate Park’s soccer fields into a professional sports arena should make Garcia happy too. Not all of us liked the Fishers’ art either.

Joan Wood, San Francisco

Niners make wrong move

After heatedly arguing with coach Mike Singletary in Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams, quarterback Troy Smith is the one who should have been fired by the 49ers, not Singletary.

Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach

Revolutionary ideas

I just wanted to express my strong agreement with letter writer Paul Kokoski, who commended the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict XVI for making clear their strong stand “affirming that condoms can never be used” for any reason whatsoever.

You won’t ever get any namby-pamby backsliding out of this pope, as you did out of John Paul II back in 1992 when he declared that Galileo Galilei might have had a point after all when he insisted that the Earth went around the sun. Yes, sir. We’ll have none of that kind of revolutionary talk out of this pope!

Don Havis, San Mateo

Distorting the facts

Mike Brown is not only wrong, but distorting the facts in his comments about high-speed rail (From Readers, Dec. 23).

Brown claims that high-speed rail is preventing adequate funding for California schools. In truth, the transportation funding is a separate, dedicated source and cannot be used for any other purpose. Eventually, Proposition 1A bonds will have to be repaid, but that is years away and cannot affect today’s education crisis.

In calling the first segment a “train to nowhere,” Brown ignores the facts, claiming that more than $4 billion will be spent on a segment serving a population of 25,000. Brown hides the fact that the segment will connect Fresno and Bakersfield, two of the state’s larger urban areas.

The truth is simple: Brown is a well-known Peninsula NIMBY who simply doesn’t want to be troubled by high-speed rail and no one else matters.

Alan Kline, Concord

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