The idea of the restorable salt ponds in Redwood City being developed into 12,000 new houses is ludicrous. In a sane world, Redwood City would not even consider permitting one single-family dwelling out there — why are they considering an entire city?
I’ve heard the developers promising pie in the sky, but realistically those promises are seldom true for the people hearing them. The burden on the roads, the flooding potential, not to mention the hardship created for the current residents along East Bayshore Road, are all inconceivable to me.
Virginia Lee, San Carlos
Quit beating repeal drum
Despite polls that now say public support for repeal of the health care bill has dropped to 18 percent, with more than 60 percent in favor or even wanting to go further, Republican representatives keep referring to "the will of the people." Those must be the people of the insurance industry, who are understandably concerned about their well-paid jobs, while the executives want to keep lucrative deals and obscene bonuses.
We are the only industrialized country without universal health care for all, we pay more for less coverage, and we let a self-serving insurance industry lobby control a Congress that, according to the Constitution, was meant to serve all — not only the privileged.
Jorg Aadahl, San Mateo
China hurting free market
What do the heads of Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Motorola, General Electric, Boeing and the Carlyle Group have in common? They were all at the White House for the state dinner with President Hu Jintao. Earlier, the White House announced $45 billion in new trade deals with China, including a $19 billion deal with Boeing and a package with GE expected to generate more than $2 billion in U.S. exports.
Over the last nine years, the United States has lost about 2.5 million jobs due to growing trade deficits with China, more than a half-million jobs in the last year alone. We’ve lost jobs in every state. We’ve lost jobs in every congressional district in the country.
The problem is that the Chinese are violating many standards of the World Trade Organization — especially currency manipulation. China has spent almost $800 billion in the last year alone manipulating its currency. That makes its products about 40 percent cheaper than they would be on the open market and acts like a tax on U.S. exports to China and everywhere else in the world.
Ted Rudow III, Menlo Park