Letters from our readers: Windmill inappropriate for Miraloma Park 

Neighbors and the Miraloma Park Improvement Club rightly oppose the proposed windmill as inappropriate for the neighborhood site. Product literature for the windmill recommends 275-foot horizontal clearance from the house and an average wind speed of 23 mph for rated energy yield. But the proposed windmill would be within a few feet of the house and average wind speed is highly variable at this location, so energy yield would be far less than expected.

The same model windmill installed about a half mile away got one-sixth the promised power, and neighbors complained about noise and reflected light pollution. The owner now wants to remove this unit. This demonstrates that these windmills, designed for use in very large rural yards, are not efficient or acceptable in Miraloma Park.

The MPIC does not oppose wind power, but this early-stage technology is unsuitable for San Francisco neighborhood use. A unit towering 10 feet above homes and yielding minimal energy with nuisance from clutter, noise, light and motion, is not. When wind-power turbines appropriate and efficient for city use become available, we will not oppose their use.

Dan Liberthson
San Francisco


Wikileaks a security risk

Once again the United States has been attacked by enemy forces. This time you won’t find the usual suspects such as car bombs, fanatical extremists dressed in exploding attire or a rocket-propelled grenade. I’m speaking, of course, about the disclosure of classified and sensitive military information by the website Wikileaks. U.S. military forces should be raiding the headquarters of that Internet site at this very moment, and arresting its founder, Julian Assange.

Blatant disregard for American security during a time of war should not be tolerated. Had this happened in 1944, Assange would have been tried and executed with overwhelming public approval. A dangerously complacent USA has taken this right-to-know philosophy to a level of self destruction. The irony is that the very enemy they enable will only take away all their rights once the enemy victory has been secured!

Barry Bradley
San Francisco


Mirkarimi not the chief

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi needs to be reminded that George Gascón is San Francisco’s chief of police and that he is not. The idea of Mirkarimi, other supervisors or the voters dictating the deployment of the police officers through a ballot initiative is patently absurd. Not to mention dangerous. Gascón and his command staff have the necessary expertise and experience to deploy the officers. Tying their hands through this ill-conceived initiative takes away the necessary flexibility to position officers when and where they are most needed.

Howard Epstein
Chairman, Republican Party
San Francisco

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