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Letters for the Week of May 20, 2015

Readers sound off on traffic fines, standardized tests, and anarchists.

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"Apartment Tower Deal May Be Illegal," News, 4/22

It's About Leadership

I emailed Mayor Libby Schaaf about this, but I didn't get a reply. I'm not sure that the current administration is terribly different than the last few. She holds public meetings to put on an appearance of responding to regular citizens, but in the end only seems to care about the powerful and well-connected.

And getting that tower built without insisting the developer do something for people who can't afford high rents is clearly something that only benefits the developer. Why do we keep electing the same mediocre officials? We can and must rally our neighbors to vote better.

Matt Hornyak, Oakland


Miscellaneous Letter

Missing the Bigger Picture

I read with interest your "Sustainable Living Issue." While you covered water usage, cafes, urban gardens, waste, and encapsulating ourselves in tiny boxes, I must point out that you missed the bigger picture of sustainability that needs to be mentioned. It is a simple fact that the environmental problems we perceive (such as energy, food and water shortages, waste, land use, and global climate disruption) are rooted in global human population. With more than 7 billion people on the planet, we are having trouble managing our finite resources, and as we exponentially reproduce, our troubles will only grow. While it does no harm to review the basics, it is time to start talking about something new.

Consider only having two children with your partner: one to replace each of you.

Jared Rowe, San Francisco

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