Cargill-DMB project wrapped in ambiguity 

In their best-selling book “Freakonomics,” authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner discuss residential real estate agents’ selling techniques. It turns out that when real estate ads use vague adjectives and descriptions, the homes sell for less. When real estate ads are specific, the homes sell for more because they have more intrinsic value.

Where have I recently been hearing vague adjectives and lack of specificity regarding real estate? On the Cargill-DMB proposed project in the Bay. They have no pictures of actual housing units, no specifics on square footage or price.

DMB representatives even concede that no one really knows yet how the project will look, so it is premature to comment. Is Cargill-DMB’s vagueness cause for concern? Should Peninsula residents trust these tactics?

Kaia Eakin
Redwood City

Let the dogs run free

I disagree with the proposed restrictions on dogs in Crissy Field. We humans are very good at advocating for our own species while consistently giving short shrift to animals that don’t have a voice.

We need to remember that animals have feelings, emotions and intelligent thoughts just like humans do. For San Francisco dogs, their time spent on outdoor runs are typically the highlights of their short lives.

Dogs are meant to run and love to do so, like when fetching a ball. Our San Francisco dogs are on a leash or left cooped up indoors within the vast majority of The City’s houses and streets that are dedicated for the benefit of humans. The infrequent times dogs get to run around when they are taken to a park such as Crissy Field are really their special times.

Paul Kohler
San Francisco

Keeping cops safe on Muni

If two police fare inspectors cannot contain a Muni fare evader without a street-side witness’s help, as reported in the Sunday San Francisco Examiner — “Jiu-jitsu instructor saves officer during pummeling” — how safe can the passengers be when riding on Muni?

Most banks and other money-collecting windows have bulletproof glass windows to protect the money collectors, or they have unmanned electronic ticket-dispensing purchasing machines. On Muni, the driver sits alongside the fare collection machine and inspects the passes or transfers.

Perhaps Muni passengers should be required to obtain a Clipper card or transfer prior to boarding a vehicle, as they already do when boarding from the tunnel stations. This provision would be more expensive, but it would be safer for the police.

Frank Norton
San Francisco

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