October 4, 2023

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Stanford footballwill endure within the ACC

Re: “Greed has led to dying knell of faculty soccer” (Web page A1, Sept. 3).

Thanks, Dieter Kurtenbach, on your sage observations of how greed is killing what was nice about faculty soccer and native faculty tradition.

To the ACC management, most of us on the West Coast didn’t care about your colleges earlier than. Cal and Stanford becoming a member of you from 2,500 to three,000 miles away doesn’t change that.

To Cal and Stanford management, I ponder what useful affect 10- to 12-hour spherical journey flights might presumably have in your student-athletes (and employees and their households)? How may it affect college students’ grades and skill to review effectively and attend courses? I wouldn’t approve of my student-athlete little one becoming a member of your groups. Since we received’t be watching, we additionally received’t discover the absent alumni in ACC stands.

As well as, your groups will burn as much as 5 occasions extra greenhouse gases for journey. Little doubt your environmental research academics will observe that in lectures.

Mark LauerSan Jose

Sramek’s land grabmakes him harmful

Re: “Billionaires’ utopian dream attracts fury and fears” (Web page A1, Sept. 3).

The age of fiefdoms is over. We fought a bloody revolution towards this sort of imperialism and but it’s occurring once more right here as a result of billionaires like Jan Sramek are being allowed to pillage from generational land house owners utilizing thug techniques and intimidation, submitting frivolous lawsuits that he can afford however his defendants can not.

Maybe Sramek ought to return to his native Czechoslovakia and ply his antics there and see how far he will get. Make no mistake, Sramek is fascinated by just one factor — controlling the longer term. Land is without doubt one of the few commodities that received’t vanish when monetary markets collapse — and Sramek is aware of this. He’s harmful.

In his personal phrases, which he borrowed from Ayn Rand, “The query isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to cease me.” Anyone must. And shortly.

Teresa BarbellaSan Jose

Websites plan higher optionthan deliberate initiatives

Re: “Websites Reservoir shouldn’t be the water resolution that California wants” (Web page A12, Sept. 3).

Keiko Mertz is dreadfully uninformed.

Websites Reservoir would have a capability of 1.5 million acre-feet. Shasta Lake, the biggest, can maintain 4.552 million acre-feet. Websites can also be the biggest reservoir amongst these proposed within the Proposition 1 funding functions. It could do no harm to rivers as it might be crammed completely from runoff.

As an alternative, Proposition 1 funds have been used for Pacheco and Los Vaqueros, complete capability 415,000 acre-feet. Websites could also be a drop within the bucket, however the two totally funded initiatives are little greater than a heavy fog.

Tony LimaLos Altos

Immigration policyshould embody a lottery

The migrant disaster within the house of the Statue of Liberty exhibits how damaged our system is. We have to begin over. How many individuals do we have to let in to maintain our economic system sturdy and the way will we get them?

Economists can determine the primary. For the second now we have an answer for different conditions the place the demand far exceeds the availability — a lottery. Tickets can be issued solely at a U.S. embassy, and any entrants with out a ticket caught on the border can be instantly returned. We’d do a tough cease on our present undocumented mess by granting inexperienced playing cards to all now in the US. We might require employers to substantiate authorized standing to additional scale back unlawful crossings.

World warming will solely exacerbate the variety of folks eager to get into the US — a lottery is the one honest technique to deal with this imbalance.

Jeffrey WattSan Jose

Slicing pharmaceuticalprofits will minimize analysis

Re: “Negotiating drug costs received’t hinder discovering medical cures” (Web page A6, Sept. 7).