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S.J. coverup is worse
than strip club scandal

Re: “San Jose must end coverup of strip club fiasco” (Page A12, May 14).

Just like the Watergate scandal, the decision of San Jose to not disclose the details of the fire truck dropping off a stripper in front of the Pink Poodle is another example of a cover-up being worse than the action itself.

Clearly, someone made a set of poor decisions with public resources. If the excuse that it is only a personal employee issue is left to stand, then any poor decision by public employees could be covered up by the same reasoning. This breeds mistrust in the government; leading to questions like: “What are they hiding?” and “Who is actually pulling the strings of power?”

The Mercury News is right in suing for complete transparency of the incident. I hope they win this one quickly.

Norman Kline
San Jose

Speeders should get
what they deserve

Re: “Gotcha! Proposed bill attempts to brake speeders” (Page A1, May 12).

The late-2000s London speed cameras issued more tickets than cops did.

I am all for it, but 11 mph over to get a ticket means 36 mph in a school zone. No, thank you. Anything over 5 mph, a ticket should be issued.

In a year we will be hearing that this is racial profiling, the poor cannot afford the tickets and so on. If you break the law there are consequences. This is what people no longer understand. I have had my fair share of tickets and my lack of responsibility for not showing up to court or paying on time when I was a kid, and I paid dearly by losing my license for four years.

I have no sympathy for those who do not take responsibility for their actions. Don’t speed or run red light and you won’t get a ticket. It’s easy.

Michael McWalters

Mental health bill
addresses public safety

Re: “Our failure to treat people with psychosis is killing them” (Page A12, May 14).

Linda Mimms’ op-ed is so timely for those who have been closely following the NYC subway chokehold homicide. As a daily BART rider and assault survivor, I am very aware of the threat posed by some people who exhibit antisocial behavior in public places.

The transient who attacked me at the Burlingame train station over four years ago poses no threat to others thanks to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. He remains hospitalized on a Murphy Conservatorship, i.e., he has been found incompetent to stand trial.

Mimms writes that this is “a medical policy issue, not a civil rights argument.” I would argue that it is also a public safety issue. I support the passage of the behavioral health bill that Mimms described, SB 43.

Irvin Dawid

Brain damage, psychosis
link remains uncertain

Re: “Our failure to treat people with psychosis is killing them” (Page A12, May 14).

I am writing to you to disagree with Linda Mimms in the above article.

Specifically, she states …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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