Letters from our Readers: Rooftop solar panels yield bounty of problems 

First was the pitch for the ecology and economy of installing solar cell panels on residential and civil building roofs. Next came domestic problems of neighbor shading of the solar panels by trees and new buildings and additions. Then there were the complaints of unsightly appearance in neighborhoods, and now it is the danger of shock to the firefighters during a roof blaze.

So the San Francisco Fire Department is updating its database with on-site roof surveys to pre-plan how they would tackle fires at each location. One wonders just how this would help roofing contractors or home handymen who make repairs to leaking roofs.

Frank Norton, San Francisco

Unions supply experts

Unions are vital to America’s national security. Your Dec. 30 editorial against unionization possibly coming to the Transportation Security Administration was way off base. Who do we rely on for security and safety on a daily basis? Union police, union firefighters, union nurses, union pilots, union mechanics, union teachers — the list goes on and on. If you want something done safely and correctly, a union professional is the choice.

John Maurhoff, Pacifica

Dispel terror reward myth

Terrorist attacks have very little to do with our presence in Muslim countries. That’s just a convenient excuse. Most victims of suicide bombers are other Muslims. Why don’t we do more to spread the truth that no heaven with virgins is waiting for mass murderers who blow themselves up? Are we so afraid of disrespecting superstition stuck in the medieval ages? Myths like that are not only deceptive, they are dangerous.

Jorg Aadahl, San Mateo


Leftists must be challenged

The Berkeley leftists have only one focus and they will carry identity politics to the extreme. High school science students must now lose their after-hours programs because of “lack of diversity,” according to The Examiner’s Dec. 30 op-ed. When will Berkeley students rise up against these campus cowards and challenge them directly?

Philip Melnick, San Francisco

Dems’ destructive policies

A Dec. 30 Examiner letter titled “GOP guilty of treason” seems to have a somewhat dyslexic viewpoint. I am neither Republican nor Democrat, but for the past 25 years, it has been the Republicans in office who make me feel safest. While the GOP strives to protect America and our values, the Democrats work diligently to give it all away.

Even Barack Obama said in 2008, “We live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. Join me as we try to change it.” On the president’s first full day in the Oval Office he signed his executive order to dismantle all of the tried and true homeland security programs put in place by former President George W. Bush.

We are at war, and that should be the focus of our leaders. To perceive Republican legislators’ actions as treason is laughable indeed. The GOP is only doing what faithful patriots should do — save America from destructive Democrat policies in time of war.

Barry Bradley, San Francisco

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