Printed from THE DAILY JOURNAL, dtd. 04/02/2007

April 02, 2007, 12:00 AM

San Mateo needs

 to capitalize


Thank you for the editorial "The challenge of replacing city revenue” in the March 28 edition of the Daily Journal. I’ve been thinking and advocating many of the same ideas for a year. The trend you point to of startups locating in San Mateo has been obvious. One only needs to read the San Francisco Business Times, which keeps tabs on what businesses around the Bay Area are doing, to know they often start up in San Mateo and then move to other locations when it’s time to grow. San Mateo would be wise to capitalize, expand and market the things businesses find attractive about it.

The new president of the Chamber of Commerce recently announced the chamber will play an active role in helping to develop the new economic model for the city. Kudos to the Chamber of Commerce. Recruiting and keeping startup businesses in San Mateo will provide for the population who works and/or lives in San Mateo and who will require goods and services. This, in turn, will spur the retail development the city has been chasing for so long.

Thank you for taking the lead in stating publicly what has been obvious for a long time.

Stacy Weiss

San Mateo

Love for the homosexual


Several letters have been written in response to my letters on homosexuality — they all seem to have the same argument. They try to compare homosexuality with a deformed body, bad habits etc. However, their brain is normal because they know what they like or dislike there by doing what they like to do or they would stop.

They also claim that God is a myth. Yet God as Jesus walked the Earth and was seen and recorded by many. It is part of the history of the Earth. The Earth and sky were not by chance. They were made to happen by God. The world is perfect but the people are not.

I can’t understand why these responses are full of hate. My letters are full of love for the homosexual and I try to tell them that their lifestyle could kill them. I want only to see them all in heaven even if they don’t believe there is such a place.

God bless us all.

Louie Garibaldi

Redwood City

Golf courses prove

positive to nature


The identification of ammonia molecules from catalytic converters as "the culprit” for the disappearance of checkerspot butterflies seems disingenuous. ("Checkerspot flying back to local park” in the March 21 edition of the Daily Journal).

Most grasses (including many known as weeds if they are growing in the "wrong” place) survive because of microclimatic conditions, largely soil surroundings and the amount of moisture and precipitation available. In the desert-like extended summer (April to October) microclimate of the Edgewood Park area, "hardy” grasses (Italian ryegrass or many other "warm-season” grasses) will win nature’s "survival of the fittest” without (dare I say) human intervention.  

At one point in time, there was a proposal for one or two golf courses in the I-280/Edgewood Park corridor. Such golf courses, with "imported” irrigation, could have provided  — in their out-of-play "roughs” (two-thirds of total acreage) — ample "sheltering plants and food” to support native plants.  

It is ironic that the so-called "Committee for Green Foothills” was opposed to such golf courses. Golf courses take carbon dioxide (an alleged villain) out of the air and convert it to oxygen in the photosynthetic process. Courses also provide habitat for flora and fauna. They would have provided year-round greenery (greens, tees, fairways and roughs) instead of the yellowed-out grasses we see between May and October.  

We must be alert to the many sources of environmental pollution. As a for instance, chloramine (chlorine and ammonia), classified as a toxin by the Canadian EPA, "purifies” our water supply. But the concept that ammonia molecules could provide just enough fertilization to ryegrass to have it out-compete native grasses is quite far-fetched. It seems to be a no-hands-barred search for a villain to blame, which makes news at the expense of truth.  

David L. Collins

San Mateo