Cargill seeks to avoid sea-level guidelines 

Both the New York Times and the San Francisco Business Journal reported this week that Cargill’s designated developer for their Redwood City salt ponds development, DMB and Associates, paid $350,000 to disseminate a false story that the Bay Conservation and Development Commission’s 26-page scientifically-based proposal to plan for sea level rise in the Bay is just an attempt to expand its jurisdiction.

DMB/Cargill pitched this story to municipalities, some of whom put a great deal of political pressure on BCDC to delay or eliminate a vote to implement climate change guidelines for the Bay. Why was Cargill/DMB spending this money? Because guidelines to plan for sea level rise would likely discourage new development in the Bay at or below sea level, which is exactly what Cargill/DMB proposes to do in Redwood City.

Kaia Eakin, Redwood City

Diversity forum needed

Star Parker’s Sunday column cautioned us it is 146 years after the Civil War and “this is the most polarized the nation has been in modern times.” Fundamental differences divide us on what America is about and what defines a free society? The need for meaningful dialogue on the future of American democracy has never been greater.

A good start would be establishing a California democracy forum — a diverse panel representing all communities. Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and European Americans, etc. — would address the critical issues facing us now and not to be left for future generations to solve.

Philip Melnick, San Francisco

Promise of 1950s denied

The 1950s predictions for the future years beyond 2000 pictured shorter working hours with lots of time for leisure. Robots would do most of the hard work in the home, industry and farming.

Today millions of American workers are unemployed with no expectations of jobs, as undocumented immigrants fill many of the jobs in the home, industry and farming. The future promised in the 1950s is being destroyed, and it would appear that American workers may be pushed back into the future.

Frank Norton, San Francisco

Syria won’t touch Israel

A recent letter writer said, “The Syrian regime now kills its citizens. Why would they treat Israel any better” [if they were given back the Golan Heights?] I can answer that. Israel has the world’s best army for its size — far, far superior to anything Syria could muster. And it has dozens of nuclear weapons ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. That’s why.

John J. Dillon, San Bruno

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