Letters from our Readers: With safety issue aside, redevelop Hunters Point 

Now that President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has definitely found that redevelopment of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard is not causing health problems for residents, it’s time to focus on getting the project moving rather than impeding it.

The EPA’s draft report last month was the latest scientific study deeming the project safe. The EPA found that monitoring procedures are effectively minimizing “dust generation and limiting asbestos exposure.”

This is contrary to the repeated claims of some critics and environmental groups that asbestos dust is causing health problems among children and adults. The bottom line is that the asbestos issue — which never was rooted in science — simply caused more costly delays and expenditures.

The Hunters Point development provides an opportunity to dramatically improve the economic, social and cultural climate of one of The City’s long-neglected neighborhoods. Let’s finally trust the science and get on with making progress in a place that progress has long neglected.

Al Norman, President, Bayview Merchants Association, San Francisco

GOP’s defining statement

In his victory speech, new Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown said, “American taxpayer dollars should be spent on weapons to fight terrorists, not on lawyers to defend them.”

Nothing clarifies the difference between today’s Democratic Party and the Republicans more than this.

Scott Abramson, San Mateo

Take care of homeless

It was good to see Mayor Gavin Newsom is deciding to do something about the homeless. The weather has been actually cold and very wet for some time now. However, it is disheartening that with all the empty space in this city, only half the homeless might be housed in a year. The need is now — in San Francisco as well as Haiti.

What worked in the 1980s in Atlanta is that police would go get everyone they could find out of the bad weather, to halls at the many churches that provided beds and bedding, food and more. The homeless did not have an option to stay out in bad weather.

Many corporations had their employees helping out, along with church members. And the churches weren’t paid with taxpayer funds to do so. The corporations gave, as did the parishioners. Can’t San Francisco do the same?

Janet Campbell, San Francisco

Quotas bill creates divide

Get ready for a serious major divide in the GOP over racial preferences. Ward Connerly is taking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to court for his passage of AB 21, which mandates race and sex quotas in the awarding of public contracts, etc. Schwarzenegger took an oath to uphold the California Constitution and therefore he is not permitted to discriminate or grant preferential treatment to any group on the basis of the factors in Proposition 209.

Do we really need two quota parties? Apparently the governor believes so. The action was filed in an appeals court in early January, and no Bay Area paper has published any stories about it that I’m aware of.

Philip Melnick, San Francisco

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