US should shutter its nuclear power plants 

In response to your July 1 story, “Japan crisis inspires Germany to dump nuke power,” we should not ask if this can be done or will they succeed, but how can we support and follow them? We should applaud German lawmakers’ approval to shut down the country’s nine remaining nuclear power plants by 2022.

The U.S. is fraught with pending geological disasters, equal to if not greater than Japan’s. Both of California’s nuclear power plants, San Onofre and Diablo Canyon, are located on major earthquake fault lines. Even the Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab, with small amounts of highly radioactive material, is similarly situated near earthquake faults.

Germany claims this step was made possible by its ability to “stand together.” Can we do the same? Will it take yet another catastrophic event to get us there? In an age where we are increasingly concerned with what the world will have to offer future generations, this should be the first thing on our plate.

Ali Baraff
San Francisco


Bridge needs two sidewalks

While the western sidewalk of the Golden Gate Bridge reopens in October, as your reporting indicates, the eastern sidewalk is then scheduled to close for four months. Therefore, there will be no improvement in the overcrowded conditions for cyclists or pedestrians.

Even when retrofit work on both sidewalks is completed, there are no plans to have the west sidewalk open on weekdays. Conditions are extremely hazardous when bicycles and pedestrians are on the same sidewalk, no matter what the day of the week. They make the experience of walking or riding on the bridge most unpleasant.
Both sidewalks need to be open at all times — one for walkers and one for riders.

Agatha Hoff
San Francisco


No need to find Giants baby

With all due respect to the Comcast-sponsored contest, the title of 2010 Giants World Championship Baby already belongs to our 1-year-old son, Sammy. He saw Game 2 of the 2010 World Series in person at AT&T Park. He watched innings 4-6 from the free viewing area, sitting just inches from the edge of the outfield. With his orange “rally binky” and indomitable spirit, Sammy rooted the Giants to victory that day and, ultimately, to San Francisco’s first World Series title.

Shoshana and Stephen A. Silver
San Francisco

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