Friday's Letters to the Editor

The case for San Jose

EDITOR: Your editorial about the lawsuit by the city of San Jose against Major League Baseball was mostly right on ("The lawyers got to bat for A's stadium," June 21). The A's, the most successful baseball franchise in Bay Area history, always get the short sheet, including the amount and placement of stories about the them in your sports section.

No major sports franchise should have the right to claim two cities as their territory. In this case, San Jose is the largest city in the Bay Area and third largest in California, and it has every right to have a Major League baseball team if there is an owner who wants to move there. And the A's want to move there. Could The Press Democrat threaten to sue and block a publisher wanting to start another newspaper in Santa Rosa? I think not.

Political cartoonists on Supreme Court rulings


Bud Selig, the baseball commissioner, is just playing politics in dragging this on. Let's remember that Joe Alioto once challenged the NFL in court over its controlling where franchises could go. He won his case, and the Oakland Raiders became the Los Angeles Raiders. This case seems to have similar implications and should result in the same court decision.



Judicial fiat

EDITOR: Congratulations to opponents of Proposition 8. Since living well is the best revenge, I truly hope you will.

As you hold this ruling high, however, remember the next time you vote — on anything from high-speed rail to funds for education to yet another big-box store coming to your town — that one judge can overturn the vote of millions.

If this ruling makes you feel better about your place in this world, or living in California, then I am sincerely happy. But while I'm happy for a few, I can't help but feel worse about democracy for us all.

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