Looking for safety, not 'maid service'

According to the March 7 Times article, "Outrage at housing complex," in a Facebook posting, Councilman Tom Butt wrote —... once people get into public housing, they think they are in a hotel with maid service."

That comment is condescending, insulting and degrading to all people of public housing and he should publicly apologize. Does Butt honestly think he made an "intelligent" decision in making such a comment?

As a resident of public housing, I surely don't think I'm in a hotel looking for "maid service." I do look for decent, safe and sanitary housing. I look for staff members who know how to take a phone request for maintenance and follow up on it and who don't curse residents.

I look for staff members who have common sense and are respectful; who are professional in what they do. And if they are not "professionals," they should know how to act professionally. I look for staff members to come to work and appreciate having a job!

Jackie Thompson

Richmond

Sanctions will be self-destructive

A policy of economic sanctions against Russia, a major military power, is frightening, irresponsible and reckless.

Ever since the 9/11 "terrorist" attacks, our nation, seemingly backed by a Demopub Congress and a largely controlled media, has embarked on insane imperialistic foreign policy of political disruption and military intervention, causing economic instability and untold human suffering.

Economic sanctions on Russia, assuming such sanctions are even implementable, would be an extension of these insane policies and could result in unimaginable repercussions for the U.S. economy.

Ignoring the sound classical liberal position that we have no right meddling in Russian-Crimean affairs, consider that the Chinese back the Russians and together own more than one third of U.S. Treasury debt not monetized by the Fed. Give them an excuse to dump Treasury debt, and the economic ramifications for Americans will make the Great Depression look like a walk in the park.

Once started, there would be no turning back, and the purchasing power of the dollar (as in the seeds of hyperinflation) could decline dramatically -- overnight.

Chris Kniel

Orinda

Global warming, or is it cooling?

Several writers have expressed concern about "global warming," as if government (taxpayers) should do more.

Possibly they should read more to realize that the past 15 years have actually resulted in cooling, even though CO2 measurements have increased.

Other factors also affect climate -- solar flaring, volcanic eruptions, ocean temperature cycles, etc. -- that have caused alternating ice ages and warming periods over the many centuries. An excellent May 26, 2013, article in Forbes magazine by Peter Ferrara should help calm them down.

Additionally, weather is not an exact science. For example, the Times reported Concord's March 8 high as 73 degrees with a low of 42, while the San Francisco Chronicle reported Concord's high was 69 with a low of 45.

The Chronicle also shows San Francisco's historic (since the 1880s) low for March 8 as 42 degrees in 1935, a high of 81 degrees in 2002, and this year a high of only 62. Hardly a trend to panic over.

Pete Laurence

Clayton

We don't support the violent action

This is in response to the letter by retired police officer, Dave Huff, "Police not trained to 'shoot to kill.' "

Huff aggressively points out he doesn't think you or I have a right to speak up about violent human beings who commit acts of violence and would prefer if nobody questions or "Monday morning quarterbacks" the police.

When the human beings who consider themselves "police officers" stop committing acts of violence against other human beings, then we can stop pointing out these violent acts committed by violent human beings. Violence is violence!

This country was founded on violence and only exists through the violent culture that keeps it alive.

People wonder why we're such a violent country. Look at the way this country was unjustly formed through violent rich people using violent poor people to spread a violent way of life. One could make the case that police are "old world" violent occupiers.

Ricky Knott-Lopez

Martinez