Letters from our Readers: Redwood City waterfront 

The retired salt ponds on Redwood City’s Bay-front are identified by scientists as a priority restoration area. Cargill’s massive proposed development there was described by shippers as a direct threat to the port of Redwood City and surrounding businesses — thus to the diversity of the city’s economy and quality of life.

Redwood City’s neighbors have embraced restoration of retired salt ponds in Menlo Park and Palo Alto.

Cargill’s proposal for the site is at least 8,000 housing units at sea level, protected by a massive new levee. No city has even considered the destruction of former Bay lands on this scale since the construction of Foster City half a century ago.

Proponents of Cargill’s proposal argue that our region has a deficit of housing. Of course we need to encourage new housing developments, but the era of looking to San Francisco Bay for more “land” has ended.

Betty Irvine, Woodside

Expect dirty restrooms

Ask Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg how he is going to keep the restrooms open when he is laying off all the recreation directors and their supervisors.

I know a private “toilet patrol.”

Ellen Leaf, San Francisco

Putting women at risk

With only two weeks of notice, the Every Woman Counts program — which provides mammograms to 350,000 underserved California women annually — closed its doors Jan. 1 and will not start screening women again until July. When it reopens, women under age 50 will not be served.

Why? To save just one-half of 1 percent of the state budget, with little impact on the state’s massive deficit. But for California’s women, it is the difference between life and death.

Screening saves lives. When breast cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. Lack of regular screening creates late-stage diagnosis, with treatment more expensive and survival less certain.

The governor also is considering eliminating the state program providing breast cancer treatment for low-income women. This will leave no treatment options for up to 9,000 California women with breast cancer. Balancing the budget shouldn’t risk their lives.

Maria Sousa, San Francisco

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