Letters from our Readers: Cargill development will be boon for county 

I have been operating my own businesses in Redwood City for more than 30 years and feel I am in touch with neighboring businesses and the local economy at large. Since 2007, I have seen a significant economic downturn in the area and witnessed the impact it has had on many local businesses and residents too.

When the Cargill salt ponds development plan was introduced, I wanted to hear about how it would affect the microeconomy of the surrounding areas. One of the key items I took away from the city’s June report was that 15,000 permanent jobs that would be created by the development includes professionals, retailers and service-oriented positions. I also quite liked the estimated $410 million that would flow into San Mateo County every year.

This development plan gives us a chance to revitalize this area. I hope to see it continue to garner support from other local business owners.

Rich Ferrari, Redwood City

Praise for Arizona

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer should be applauded by all Americans for her bold stand to secure our nation’s southern border. We are a nation of immigrants and I’m very proud of that. It is this collection of cultures that has made America the greatest nation on Earth, but this is a different world today than it was during the mass immigration era of the late 19th and early
20th centuries.

Those who enter our country now must be screened much more closely, because along with the best of the world coming legally to America to make it stronger and better, we also have the worst of the world coming in illegally to destroy us. The fact is that this hard line drawn in the Arizona sand should only be a concern to criminals, because they are the only ones to ultimately be affected by this.

We all have to prove who we are in this country — get over it.

Barry Bradley, San Francisco

Judge has ties to oil

It wasn’t the decision that Judge Martin Feldman made to lift the oil drilling moratorium that I find the most offensive. What is even more offensive was that he was allowed to hear the case in the first place.

The Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits judges from hearing cases where they have even the appearance of a financial interest in the outcome. On the day he heard the appeal, Feldman had tens of thousands of dollars in Exxon-Mobil oil stock. According to The Wall Street Journal, he actually sold it the next day when his decision for resuming Gulf drilling was announced. And he may still own extensive stock in other oil-related corporations, such as Halliburton.

Yet, the judge was allowed to hear this case. That is what is really outrageous.

Marc Perkel, Gilroy

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