Use education to nurture tech talent

? “Economy needs immigration reform,” Opinion, Tuesday

Use education to nurture tech talent

Bob Linscheid’s opinion piece has an arrogant (and rather bigoted) overtone implying that American workers are not competent to perform science and engineering jobs and Congress should allow more tech-savvy foreigners to enter the country on H-1B visas.

While the school system in the U.S. is certainly dysfunctional in producing enough talent for the science and engineering fields, simply importing more and more foreign talent is a cheap and lazy approach.

Furthermore, because of “special-interest legislation,” a large number of U.S. businesses receive government funds that should be going to education. Consequently, American students are being deprived of the opportunity to build a career in science and engineering, and we now have what amounts to an “educational apartheid.”

Instead of lobbying Congress for more H-1B visas, the real solution is for the Chamber of Commerce to assist American schools in developing more homegrown talent.

Galen L. Dutch
San Francisco

? “SFPD Chief Greg Suhr wants more cameras after Boston bombings,” News, Tuesday

City has enough cameras

It’s humorous to me (no, not really) how every time we (Americans) are faced with crises (9/11, Boston Marathon, etc.) politicians and police use the event to add additional security measures to our daily lives that almost always interfere with our right to privacy.

Last time I checked, The City was a pretty secure place for a major city and the need for more surveillance was not necessary.

Besides, I think if the public really knew how many cameras are already used by The City to monitor us, I am not sure anyone would agree to more. Except for the chief of police — who needs police “work” when one can simply watch The City under 24-hour video surveillance?

Noelle Knotts
San Francisco

? “4/20 fete will cost San Francisco plenty of green,” Local News, Friday

Outside Lands is annoying

What I find fascinating is that the relatively innocuous mess caused by a few pot smokers in Golden Gate Park is being portrayed as a big problem requiring a strong response, while the manifold discomforts and burdens imposed on the Richmond and Sunset neighborhoods by the massive, and massively loud, three-day Outside Lands concert continue to be ignored if not dismissed.

As a resident of the Sunset, the recent pot-smoking festival didn’t affect me. I wasn’t even aware of it until I read about it a couple of days later. Outside Lands, on the other hand, denies my neighbors and me the peaceful use of our homes and the park for three days and nights.

The fact is, most residents of the Richmond and Sunset would be happy to trade the problems caused by a few pot smokers in the park in exchange for relief from the three-day invasion of Outside Lands.

One can only wonder why, exactly, that story isn’t receiving the same amount of coverage and artificially amplified indignation.

Riley B. VanDyke
San Francisco

? “Homeowners have rights,” Letters, Opinion, Tuesday

Respect renters’ rights

Howard Epstein writes about the rights of homeowners in his letter to the editor. But since there are rules and regulations regarding renting property in San Francisco, it is the choice of the property owner to rent the property. If they do not like the rules and regulations, they should not rent their properties. No one is forcing them to buy and rent properties.

Another letter writer also wrote that San Francisco needs more homeowners, not more renters. But what about the people that cannot afford to buy a home? They have to rent. What else are they supposed to do?

Brian Baum
San Francisco

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