Letters from our Readers: Releasing older inmates is a recipe for disaster 

David Crary’s March 17 article about California’s declining prison population leaves unanswered some interesting questions. I’d like to see a source for the assertion that there are better “strategies to protect public safety and hold offenders accountable” than prison.

As for the program of releasing old, sick inmates to “save money,” just how much money will be saved? Will these prisoners be dumped on the streets, or will they be put in senior housing and go on Medi-Cal and cost the taxpayers even more, as well as putting other seniors at risk? When Larry Singleton was released from prison, he continued killing women into his 70s.

Elizabeth Frantes, San Francisco

Problems homebuyers face

Wall Street will never regain its previous credibility, after marketing junk securities backed by subprime home mortgages to everyday Wall Street investors who lost their shirts. But no one is talking about why there were so many overpriced home mortgages in the Bay Area in the first place.

Well-meaning individuals pushed financial institutions to offer “creative financing” while doing nothing to control the spiraling cost of home prices. Well-meaning San Franciscans fight every new housing project or legislation to increase housing density.

Our politicos impose new regulations, delays and housing development fees at every opportunity, apparently without concern about the added costs passed on to homebuyers.

Anti-homeowner housing policies in San Francisco create inflated housing prices across the region, pushing marginal homebuyers into outlying counties, further from jobs and service centers.

Judy West, San Francisco

Sentiment slightly off

“We have failed to listen to America,” said Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, leader of a party that has vowed to carry the fight against the health care reform bill into November’s midterm elections for control of Congress.

Boehner’s statement is missing just one word that would make it absolutely correct. He should have said, “We have failed to listen to corporate America.”

William J. Coburn, San Francisco

Keep the park for all

In regard to adding bright lights and synthetic turf to the existing Golden Gate Park soccer fields, it would be nice to have more places for kids to play soccer and other sports. However, it is also nice to have trees, plants, birds and quiet places for people to enjoy nature and decompress.

In short, let’s keep the park a park for all to enjoy, not just the relatively few who play or watch soccer. I hope city officials will not be lured by the promise of usage fees and will carefully consider the environmental impact as well as the historic vision for the park.

Bernice Garcia, San Francisco

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