CCSF trustees failed to stop obvious crisis 

Your editorial about City College of San Francisco (“Local community must help keep CCSF doors open,” July 17) did not address either the cause of the problems or solutions.  

The CCSF board of trustees was notified of the problems in 2006.  Four of the seven trustees had been on the board for more than 10 years when they were notified of the problems.  Another had been on the board for about six years when notified. The final two trustees were elected in 2008. Instead of addressing the shortcomings noted in the report, the trustees continued on an expansion strategy that was neither affordable nor sustainable.

There is no reason to believe that the same trustees who paid no attention to the report for six years will solve the problems.

Mayor Ed Lee should immediately appoint an ad-hoc group of community-minded problem solvers from the business and education communities to respond to the accrediting commission and implement a plan to save the college.

The solution may be to disband the current board of trustees and allow an outside agency to take over the management.

Part of the solution will be to close a large number of the nearly 200 locations in the roughly 46.9 square miles of San Francisco.  

Howard Epstein
Former chairman, San Francisco Republican Party
San Francisco

Firearms can save lives

A letter writer expressed hope that the Aurora, Colo., shootings would make gun control a focus of the presidential campaigns (“Shift focus to gun control,” Tuesday). I wonder if the writer is aware that the alleged shooter in last week’s massacre was, by definition, a law-breaker. I wonder further if he is aware that, as a law-breaker, the shooter would have very little (if any) regard or consideration of additional laws and restrictions placed on him.

If a law-abiding, card-carrying firearm owner had been attending the movie that night, he or she would have had to leave his or her weapon at home to not violate the theater’s self-imposed restriction. But if that same law-abiding, card-carrying firearm owner had been allowed to bring his or her weapon to bear, the carnage might very well have been at least significantly reduced, if not entirely prevented.

Far from “vigilante justice,” this clearly would have been self-defense. As it was, the police (whose response was measured and admirable) did not stop the slayings — the killer had already stopped due to weapons malfunctions. A trained amateur could have stopped it before the jammed magazine did.

I too hope that gun control is considered by state (not federal) legislatures, and that common-sense licensing and training is supported.

Paul Higby


Paterno kin must move on

The family of Joe Paterno has been criticized for rejecting an investigative report that paints him in a very bad light, and I certainly do not wish to pile on.

However, we can see that while their feelings are understandable, their thinking is not. As someone once said, “Clannishness carries the seeds of war.”

And so the best way for the family to honor the man might be for them to simply acknowledge his failures, and then to state that they loved him anyway.

Joseph Carducci

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