Original Joe’s; No on Prop 16; Mother Teresa …

by on February 17, 2010

To the Editor:

Great news about Original Joe’s! But will the renovation also include a restoration of the old telegraph advertisement which is now marred by graffiti? I believe it would add to and deepen the texture of time and space present in the Tenderloin.

Vincent Bonfitto
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Exactly as the article says, Prop 16 would mandate that any local community who wants to expand or upgrade their public utilities, or implement green technologies such as solar or wind, has to hold a local election and must get a 2/3 majority before moving ahead with the project. Also, say you build a house just outside of the public utilities supply area, and you would like them to be your provider, under this loosely worded initiative, just to get hooked up would have go before a community vote and get a 2/3 majority. Here’s the rub. Many municipalities in California have been doing just fine running their own public utilities. Most publicly run utilities, though cheaper than PG&E.

David Jewett
Covina, CA

To the Editor:

The utter dominance and sick advantage of corporate America is becoming so oppressive that the time may be coming soon where entire cities and other governmental entities will have to start conducting civic-wide civil disobedience and move forward with local efforts, regardless of insane laws funded by sociopathic organizations such as PG&E.

Daniel Krause
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Are you seriously criticizing the work of Mother Theresa? Oh dear. “In fact, she helped keep people poor by urging them to continue having children when they couldn’t afford to feed the ones they had. She preached against contraceptives as well as abortion. In a world that is overpopulated, she helped keep poor women barefoot and pregnant.” Get off your high horse. Another typically bigoted American view. She might have a face like a scrotum, but she has done a hell of a lot more for poverty and humanitarianism than you ever will. Jeepers.

Chris Dolan

To the Editor:

Mother Teresa was such a revered person to many that we forget many of her vacuous opinions and comments on the issues. For example, she saw AIDS as a just retribution for improper sexual misconduct and that Calcutta’s problems were due to the fact that it is too far from Jesus. She also said: “I think it is very beautiful for the poor to accept their lot, to share it with the passion of Christ. I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people.”

After the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal exploded and toxic chemicals killed 2,500 people and permanently impaired the health of many thousands, Mother Teresa immediately flew there. An investigation later revealed a pattern of negligence by Union Carbide and that it had ignored previous warnings about the lack of plant safety. Angry relatives of victims greeted her at the airport and asked her advice and counsel. Her advice to the crowd: “Forgive, forgive, forgive.”

Residents in one of the worst slums in India’s capital confronted her on her visit there and told her that they needed housing, jobs, and services — not charity. They asked her what she was going to do about it. She advised, “First we must learn to love one another.”

She flew to Ireland to campaign against a 1996 Irish Republic referendum on whether the state constitution should still prohibit divorce. In spite of her, and the Catholic Church’s efforts in opposition, the referendum just barely passed. Mother Teresa in the same year approvingly said her friend Princess Diana would be happier ending a miserable marriage to Prince Charles. Apparently, divorce is okay for the rich, but not for the poor. Mother Teresa will probably become a Catholic saint. History has shown us that religion oftentimes opposes or disregards science and reason when it clashes with established dogma.

Ralph E. Stone
San Francisco

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