Letters: Few advantages | Forget the facts
Too few benefit from
The huge development proposed for the Seven Hills Ranch property adjacent to Heather Farm Park is not housing for workers and families. In fact, it’s not really considered “housing” so it won’t include any market rates or sub-market units.
It is primarily a residential medical facility serving only a slice of wealthy elderly residents who will leave behind multi-million dollar homes that no worker could afford to buy.
We could make the sacrifice – pave and build 30 acres of natural habitat, cut down 350 trees (lots of heritage oaks) and raze the seven hills and throw them in the creek beds – for family housing, but that’s not not that. It only benefits a privileged few in a restricted age group.
Bishop’s False Goals
reinforce the punishment
Re. “Catholic Bishops Approve Steps Toward Possible Biden Reprimand,” June 18:
Commandment # 9: You shall not lie.
Bishop Donald Hying of Madison, Wisc., Says President Biden is advancing “the most radical pro-abortion agenda in history.” Personally, I don’t know Mr. Biden, but I suspect he thinks some restrictions on the procedure should be [and are] in place. Regardless of his personal belief that today’s conditions are “the most radical … in history” is patently false. Yet here is a Catholic bishop who says it is true. You can’t “teach” something when you can’t even understand the facts.
It is no wonder that religions face continuous loss of membership.
Doubts about the laboratory theory arise
of Trump’s dishonesty
Victor Davis Hanson says that now that Donald Trump is no longer president, “progressives” are ready to consider that a laboratory leak in Wuhan, China, was responsible for the pandemic (“Mysterious origins of the coronavirus raise alarms », Page A9, June 18). He claims the previous skepticism was based on their contempt and dislike of Trump.
Hanson chooses to ignore that Trump is known for his outrageous statements without a factual basis. Some call this hyperbole and find it charming. He is known to deflect responsibility for any negativity. He has consistently voiced outrageous, unscientific views on treatments, calling the virus an ethnic name meant to flesh out its very base with evidence that it is causing physical harm to that ethnic group.
Words matter. Trump constantly lies. Many of us need more validation after years of random selfish statements devoid of any factual basis. Getting the truth out is important, but Hanson’s speculative “what ifs” do nothing to advance it.
Be careful what you ask
for in the suppression of voters
To all Republicans looking to end the franchise for anyone who does not vote Republican, here is a suggestion. Go live with Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Kim Jong-un and all the other world famous dictators and autocrats. See if that fits your governance style.
The GOP knows that their wacky plans have only one goal: greed. They don’t care if you have any needs, they just need your money. Led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the GOP is actively working with state governments to ensure that this voting system benefits one party, its own.
With Fox News propaganda, the general public watching Fox has no idea what is happening to them. It will be a sad day when they find out.
The article confuses red
strip with America First
Noah Smith’s comment in the June 20 Business section (“A great government is the answer to America’s supply problems,” page E4) showed a shocking contempt for American computer scientists.
In the article, he claimed that President Biden was trying to reduce the “red tape” put in place by his predecessor to reduce skilled immigration. On the contrary, former President Trump has blocked government organizations like the Tennessee Valley Authority to fire its local IT department and replace it with lower-paid foreign workers brought in on H1-B visas, which are supposed to be used to fill labor shortages, not to cut labor costs.
This can hardly be called bureaucracy, but rather is part of America First policy which strives to keep Americans working in high paying jobs.
Housing policy must
As a native resident of the Bay Area, I recalled my memories as I read the words of Louis Hansen (“Study: Increasing Segregation in the Bay Area”, page A1, June 21). I remembered the dozens of black and Hispanic neighbors I had played with when I was 6, only to remember the predominantly white street I live in when I was 17. What changed ? I went from a cramped apartment to a single-family house.
Segregation is not an abstract enemy. It is a systemic and daily problem stemming from the greatest evil: the current housing policy. Residential restrictions involve young people, as I find myself shielded from the minority perspective through a bubble that I did not choose but which was imposed on me by the contemporary division of real estate zoning.
So when local government officials consider land use, I hope they consider what is really at stake – the American experience with which millions of migrants come to this country, a real coup. eye to real life and an integrated community to call home.