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Archbishop SF quits
ministry of politics

Regarding. “Archbishop Denies Communion to Pelosi,” page B1, May 22:

Archbishop Cordeleone turns out to be little more than a petulant little man in an exalted position seeking to control a woman. How fake can that be – a supposedly single man telling people how to live?

Cordeleone provides a clear demonstration of why the separation of church and state is essential; if it were up to him, we would live in a theocracy – his theocracy.

Don Barby
Menlo Park

Context is necessary
for SJ house prices

Regarding. “Photos: San Jose home originally bought for $24,000 sells for $1.67 million,” May 19:

It might be useful to inform the reader regarding the two recent articles referring to homes selling above $800,000 and $400,000 above list price, respectively, to mention these properties being sold on a market based on comparables sold, and which could most likely obtain financing.

Merriam-Webster defines list price, “the base price of an item as published in a catalog, price list, or advertisement before any discounts.” Today, a list price in the Bay Area real estate market might include “add-ons,” as in the buyer’s offer on the listing.

In 1971, homes in this neighborhood were cheap ($24,000) by today’s standard. In addition to “cheap” housing prices, gasoline was about $0.32 a gallon on Homestead Road in Santa Clara, and the median wage according to the U.S. Census was $10,000.

Sarah Griffin
Real estate broker
San Jose

The Constitution does not
list all our rights

Our rights are not listed. Gerald Gilles [“Overturning Roe is return, not usurping, democracy,” Letters, Page A6, May 15] is wrong; just like Judge Samuel Alito.

Nowhere in the Constitution is there any mention of our right to consume alcohol, yet the prohibition required a constitutional amendment. It is a fact that there are medical side effects, and in 6-8% of cases health risks, associated with what is called a “normal” pregnancy. Women, God bless them, support them because in the end there is a baby they want.

What if they don’t want a baby? Women are protected by the Fourth Amendment from unreasonable searches by the government. By what logic can a government force them to submit to health risks against their will?

Laith Naaman
San Jose

The First Amendment is not
limited to government

Looking at the cartoonist’s point of view on page A12 of Sunday’s edition, I think the theme is flatly wrong that “the First Amendment to the Constitution only protects citizens from government censorship, not private entities …” and should be referred to President Biden’s new Department of Homeland Security. Disinformation Governance Council.

To wit: Michael Robins in 1972 challenged the Pruneyard Shopping Center over Campbell’s right to exclude him from exercising his “free speech” rights on their private property. In the United States Supreme Court Opinion Program “Pruneyard Shopping Center, Appellants, v. Michael Robins et al, No. 79-289,”(https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/ text/447/74) they upheld the California Supreme Court in holding that the California Constitution protects speech and petition, reasonably exercised, in shopping malls even when the mall is privately owned and such an outcome would not does not infringe the appellant’s constitutionally protected property rights.

The 14th Amendment incorporated the 1st Amendment.

Field Jack
San Jose

American citizens need
humanitarian aid

The United States has spent billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine – billions that have gone unaccounted for. Congress has just approved an additional $40 billion in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Americans are suffering at the gas pump with record prices mostly due to the war. High gasoline prices affect all aspects of life, a large part of which is the transportation of goods. This has led to higher prices for everything. Unfortunately, supply chain issues are causing shortages, also leading to inflation.

One wonders if we could spend a few billion dollars to subsidize gas prices for Americans in the short term. We also deserve “humanitarian aid”.

The federal government is tackling inflation, which is atypical, through conventional methods such as raising interest rates.

Please write to your congressmen and senators and ask them to take care of American citizens as well.

Sharad Rao
Morgan Hill

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