Letters from our readers: Coastal golf courses are worth protecting 

We are truly blessed to have America’s most challenging and beautiful golf courses along the Pacific Coast of Northern California.

Harding Park hosted the 2009 Presidents Cup, Pebble Beach was the site in 2010 of the U.S. Open for the fifth time and the Olympic Club will host its fifth U.S. Open in 2012.

We must treasure, preserve and protect not just championship courses, but all of our magnificent coastal courses — particularly those under threat, as is the case with Sharp Park and also Lincoln Park.

Let’s hope the citizens of San Francisco show the same wisdom as do the leaders of organized golf, who understand the unique qualities of our oceanside courses and continue to award the game’s premier tournaments to these venues.

Michael J. Antonini, San Francisco

Soccer is the top sport

The numbers overwhelmingly prove “soccer” is the real football game.

Three billion people play and/or follow soccer. Soccer players can participate from age 4 to 65, but most football players are done by the time they graduate college, and very few physically could play till 30.

Soccer players run 90 minutes a game. Football hulks could not last five minutes at that pace, even without the gear. Football substitutions are strategic, but also serve to mask the lack of fundamental athleticism. Medical standards would rate many football players clinically obese.

Headers and bicycle kicks? Most football players couldn’t get themselves an inch off the ground, let alone a few feet.

Peter van Pruissen, Kentfield

Gas station vs. subway

Monday’s story, “Gas station a casualty of subway,” reminded me of another “gas station vs. subway” column I recently read in the New York Daily News. It was illustrated by a photograph of a huge, vandalized BP sign towering above a gas station in Manhattan.

Across the familiar logo was red paint dripping down onto the gas price sign below. And right next to it was an entrance to the subway.

Irvin Dawid, Palo Alto

Musicians treated unfairly

Regarding the Chinatown musicians who were cited at Broadway and Columbus for the noise: Does anyone else see a double standard? I don’t see anyone citing the concert promoter at the Outside Lands concert when I call to complain. Which event do you think makes more noise?

Allan Wong, San Francisco

Smart decision-making

Education begins in the home and not in a classroom across town. Part of the early education should be the lesson of authority. It is so much easier to visit or bail out a loved one after a brush with the law than to identify and bury the loved one because of failure to simply comply with police instructions.

Ask questions later, in better terms and conditions. It is true that officers are trained, but they are also human and susceptible to error. Split-second decisions are not always going to be the right decision.

William J. Coburn, San Francisco

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