Letters from our readers: Don’t back candidates endorsed by Sierra Club 

I used to respect the Sierra Club until I read its endorsements for the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, which has made a mockery of California’s environmental protection laws with its backroom dealings on land-use issues in San Francisco.

So-called “progressive” leaders have done everything in their power to discourage privately funded, infill housing along transit corridors so as to reduce competition for prime land by government-funded developers, which they control. The housing-construction industry is big business, and those individuals who can determine where housing is built and by whom have enormous power and influence.

Supervisor Chris Daly’s appointment of Sierra Club President Adam Werbach to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in 2003 (while Mayor Willie Brown was out of town) must have lasting payback potential.

Do not support tainted Sierra Club endorsements, and do not support ballot measures to increase district supervisors’ authority to make commission appointments.

Judy West, San Francisco


Meaning behind quote

Michael Savage was quoted in The Examiner’s May 21 Sound Bite saying, “I would say the racists are the ones who come into a country that isn’t theirs and take it over and tell me I should speak their language.”

Am I to understand he is complaining on behalf of the American Indians?

Leon Traister, San Francisco


Permission to defend

So now we have the new Obama Doctrine presented at West Point last week. It proclaims American security will rely on international alliances.

That is just what we need — the approval of the French, Saudi princes and the Chinese before we defend ourselves against jihad terrorists.

Scott Abramson, San Mateo


Bringing The City back

The collapse of San Francisco’s once-mighty financial services industry has placed us all at a crossroads. And with the flight of the downtown power structure, we are being told by would-be power seekers that tourism is now our reason for being, and we must all learn to be good sellers of beads and trinkets.

Others, however, believe that San Francisco was once great and can be great again. We believe that we can seize the initiative and begin planning a new city based on civility and quiet contemplation, scientific research for the benefit of mankind and great achievements in the arts.

Michael Korzen, San Francisco

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