Cargill ponds should be wetlands, not a new city 

I was happy to see the recent poll results showing that the majority of Redwood City residents oppose the Cargill development. This shouldn’t come as any surprise to people who live in town; most of us have been against this project for years.

It’s time to make clear to Cargill that we’re not going to change their zoning and allow them to build their new city of 30,000 on the salt ponds. Then we can have Cargill’s property assessed (fairly this time) so they can then sell it for restoration to wetlands.

Yes, there is money to buy the property. The area at the end of Whipple now being restored was purchased by environmental groups, foundations and federal money.

Sometime soon it will be open to the public so we can all enjoy our Bay shore that we have fought so hard over the years to protect.

Jonelle Preisser
Redwood City

Why did arrest in Stow case take so long?

In one of the most high-profile and widely publicized criminal cases in Los Angeles history, it took the L.A. Police Department nearly two months, 20 full-time detectives, 6,000 man hours, countless distributed images of the two primary suspects (including on 200 billboards) and more than $200,000 in reward money just to apprehend one of the suspects in the vicious Bryan Stow beating at Dodger Stadium. And two other suspects in the case are still at large. No wonder the crime rate is so high in Los Angeles.

Kenneth L. Zimmerman
Huntington Beach

Israel left vulnerable

Obama’s vision of peace in the Middle East may be well-meaning, but it’s puzzling.

Does it seem reasonable to make Israel more vulnerable to rocket attacks from a so-called “peace partner” such as the Palestinian Authority-Hamas entity, whose co-leader Ismail Hanieh condemned the Osama bin Laden killing as an assassination of an “Arab holy warrior”?

Scott Abramson
San Mateo

US can’t repay debts

White House economics adviser Austan Goolsbee publicly stated that coupling budget cuts with raising the debt limit is “quite insane.” This is like saying it’s fine to spend an increased credit card limit without considering how much you owe and your ability to repay it.

Our public debt is so enormous that government will turn to monetary theft. How did that work out when we came off the gold standard? Recall the Nixon-Carter years. The Obama administration wants to institutionalize fiat money. That’s what is really insane.

Paul Burton
San Francisco

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