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All About Bernie

Missing Ward: I miss Bernie Ward ["The Race to Replace Bernie Ward on KGO," Sucka Free City, 4/16], who has been a great presence on KGO and done more for the station than anyone. I leave judgment on what he's accused of to the courts, but KGO is a lesser station without him.

I don't like Karel, [Christine] Craft, and [David] Lazarus as much, and wish [Brian] Copeland would mix it up more. The lack of regularity has hurt the hosts' ability to have a better idea about what the audience wants to talk about. They focus the conversation on their own interests, rather than putting their spin on the audience's interests. Ronn Owens sounds like the guy who was anti-establishment until he became the establishment. It's sad listening to his show now, as he doesn't seem to put much effort into it anymore, as if his sole purpose for showing up is to draw a check or meet some famous people.

Dan de Carbonel


Salem, Oregon

It's all semantics: In response to "Managing editor Will Harper responds" [4/23]: Sorry, but knowing the dictionary definition of the individual words in a defamatory phrase does not change the meaning. You can't be "disgraced," however well it is defined, unless there is an actual known event. That's what courts are for: to prevent the rush to judgment and the righteous indignation common in mobs and vigilantes. You don't know that Bernie is guilty or disgraced, except for what you have read, out of context and without any ability for him to defend himself. If your imagination is so poor that you cannot conceive of a mitigating circumstance, that's your bad.

Charles Connors

Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Controversy Grows in the Presidio

Missing the mark on park friends: It's good SF Weekly is reporting on issues concerning the Presidio, but the article "An Inconvenient Plant" [4/16] missed the mark on two points and quoted me in a misleading manner.

To label the Friends of the Presidio National Park as "antidevelopment" is to miss the point. The Friends was a coalition of citizens with diverse perspectives, but if a label is necessary, "pro-preservation" would be more accurate. We worked to promote historic and environmental preservation and restoration — especially preservation of native, threatened, or endangered species; recreational and cultural uses befitting a national park; and an overall level of use and activity appropriate to a park rather than an urban center. While many of us advocated against overdevelopment, most of us acknowledged that limited new construction — consistent with the Presidio Trust's enabling legislation — might be needed to adapt Presidio facilities for new uses.

Also, as I told SF Weekly's reporter, I fully support whatever measures are needed to protect native, threatened, or endangered species, including tree removal in critical habitat locations. What would sadden me is if healthy trees were arbitrarily eliminated elsewhere in the Presidio.  The Presidio is a great treasure. I hope San Franciscans will keep working together to promote its preservation while enjoying its history, its natural riches, and its beauty.

Bill Henslin

Cofounder of the Friends of the Presidio National Park

San Francisco

Taking a stand: Let's protect the only Raven's manzanita bush living in the wild. It lives close to the ground, and occupies a very tiny piece of dune and scrub habitat in the Presidio.

Success in restoration is possible: A beautiful stand of endangered Clarkia now blooms in the soil from a serpentine outcrop at Inspiration Point. Several pairs of Western bluebirds have returned after a 60-year hiatus to try to make a go of it in the restored Lobos Creek area. All of these living things breathe the same air and drink the same rainwater as we do. By saving them, we just may be put in a frame of mind to save ourselves.

For whom does the bell toll, anyway?

Ed Dierauf

Presidio Native Plant Nursery Volunteer

San Francisco


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