Letters: Exit war by ending oil need 

"U.S. to launch airstrikes in Syria for first time," The City, Thursday

Exit war by ending oil need

The ISIS conflict -- brutal Shiite regimes in Syria, Iran and Iraq under attack by even-more brutal Sunni Muslims -- is the same old internecine war that's been going on for hundreds of years. U.S. involvement achieves nothing but increasing military contractor stock value at the cost of our national deficit.

We have a humanitarian obligation to help the religious minorities caught in the middle: the Chistians, Kurds, Yazidis, etc., and that's all.

There is only one reasonable U.S. policy: stop buying oil and devote ourselves to energy independence through climate-safe renewable resources (conservation, solar, wind, geothermal, biofuel). We have already spent far too many trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives ensuring our addiction to pollution-spewing Arab petroleum spigots.

Let's employ Americans and keep our money and blood at home. Let them fight over the same sand they were fighting over before we cared about their oil.

Jason Jungreis

San Francisco

"Battle over fee is becoming testy," The City, Tuesday

ShotSpotter fight is silly

The battle over the fee for the gunshot detectors is getting testy? If the cost is $1,500 per installation, and there are 35 to install, the total we are talking about is $52,500. That is not even a rounding error in either San Francisco's or PG&E's budget.

Split the difference and move on to more important things, like passing meaningless resolutions like Chiu's opposing sex-selective abortion bans.

There are important problems in San Francisco, yet these are the kind of things that the board wastes their time on.

David Fix

San Francisco

Proposition 47

Measure is a smart move

This November, California citizens have an historic opportunity to pass Proposition 47 which will change 30 years of wrong-headed policy on the warehousing of mentally ill and addicted adults. Prop. 47 will focus on deterring violent crime and stop the practice of jailing small-time offenders. Since 1980, California has embarked on a policy of mass incarceration, building 22 prisons and spending $9 billion annually in the process. Has it worked? Hardly.

We have a 70% recidivism rate and our state is under federal investigation for prison over-crowding. Eighty percent of our prison inmates are addicted to illegal substances and 30-40 percent suffer from serious mental illness.

Our experiment has failed.

Authored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and supported by Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen and San Mateo County Manager John Maltbie, Prop. 47 will remove low-level non-violent offenders from the jail pool. It will improve public safety because it will free up jail space allowing violent offenders to stay where they belong.

The annual cost savings will start at $150 to $250 million per year and increase from there. These freed-up funds will be used in crime prevention, truancy deterrence, mental health and addiction treatment programs, victim restitution and education. It's no wonder why Prop. 47 is supported by the League of Women Voters.

After 30 years of one-size-fits all justice, we have an opportunity to embrace a nuanced criminal justice system that truly serves the needs of the community.

Kaia Eakin

Redwood City

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