Letters from our Readers: Alternative to sit-lie law should change opinions 

I find the opposition by The City’s supervisors and some citizens to the proposed sit-lie law interesting. They say that “sidewalks are for people.”

True, sidewalks are for people, and also for animals (we do walk our pets on them, after all). But let’s see who is still opposed to the law if homeless people are camped out on their front steps every day, urinating, defecating, drinking alcohol, taking drugs and harassing them in front of their dwellings.

I’ll bet you they’d be in favor of a sit-lie law then.

Ed Lee, San Francisco

Ruling sullies the system

With the 2010 elections just weeks away, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker has proven to America that our vote means absolutely nothing. His overturning of Proposition 8, which was put in place by majority vote in 2008, tells me that all it takes is one man yielding to special-interest groups to make a mockery of the American free election process.

Walker’s decision is not about protecting equal rights, it is about granting special rights to satisfy the lifestyles of homosexual men and women. All Americans had equal rights until now. I have always believed that my vote was something sacred, but now I see it is no more than an empty request.

The democratic way to resolve this, or any other issue, is to just keep placing it on the ballot, election after election.

Barry Bradley, San Francisco

Judge rights the ship

We have all heard the argument that Judge Vaughn Walker disregarded the will of the people by overturning Proposition 8. Since when does the majority of voters get to decide what does or does not violate the U.S. Constitution?

If it was up to a majority, we might still have segregated schools, women might not have the right to vote and blacks and whites might not be allowed to marry.

Walker merely righted a wrong by overturning the ban on same-sex marriage.

Ralph E. Stone, San Francisco

Stay true to the faith

Thanks to Chapman University law professor and Examiner columnist Hugh Hewitt for clearly explaining why building a 13-story mosque in the vicinity of ground zero is such a bad idea (“Protecting our sacred spaces is constitutional,” Monday).

Indeed, if the proponents of this endeavor are truly dedicated to furthering the cause of peace and understanding, they would be well-advised to speak out consistently and forcefully against those embittered souls who have distorted and undermined the Muslim faith with the message that violence and terror are a way of life.

Michael Traynor, Burlingame

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