Keep wrecking ball away from Fleishhacker Pool 

The unexplained “suspicious” fire that destroyed the interior of the Fleishhacker Pool house at Ocean Beach on Dec. 1 fortunately didn’t include the loss of life, according to The San Francisco Examiner’s report.  Yet the source of the fire has yet to be explained, and may never be discovered if demolition proceeds as quickly as The City intends to, reportedly as early as today.

The loss of a community treasure — even a tarnished and mothballed one awaiting resurrection for more than a decade — deserves a respectful period of community mourning, in deference to preservation groups that have tried for years to have it restored for public use. (City agencies have reportedly made private inquiries as well.)   

Additional time would also permit architectural preservationists to make casts of some of the irreplaceable ornaments, which are still mostly intact. Securing the structure for another week or so to allow this, and explain the source of the fire, seems a fitting tribute to this piece of Ocean Beach history.

Diana Scott
San Francisco

 

Drakes Bay Oyster farm will be missed  

Your editorial on Drakes Bay in no way helped me take a position!

The environmental issues of the Bay were not described, nor was it possible to tell whether the regulatory violations were serious. The call for a “pristine” coast only reminded me that “perfection is the enemy of the good.”

Yes, we want preservation of coastlines, but we also have more than 300 million mouths to feed in the U.S. and not all of them are going to be satiated by mass-processed food. With this many people, compromises are going to be the order of the day.

I have found that the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. in no way diminished my visits to the beach. Rather, it illustrated productivity along with serenity.  

Reducing our food variety and denying a method of harvesting fresh seafood narrows everyone’s experience and takes us all one step closer to standing in line at McDonald’s.

Louis Irwin
Richmond

Don’t give cops stun guns

Stun guns are lethal instruments of torture intended to terrorize and demoralize the populace — most especially citizens exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right to assemble.

Expert testimony at the Police Commission has clearly demonstrated that stun guns are, at best, poorly designed, crude weapons that offer little, if any, aid to police officers in their sworn duty to be peace officers, not war officers.

Nick Pasquariello
San Francisco

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