Root for Broncos after Seattle player's antics

As a 49er fan, the loss to Seattle was heartbreaking. On top of that, it was hard to explain to my children the incredibly unsportsmanlike conduct of Seattle's Richard Sherman. While a certain degree of bravado is to be expected, especially in a big game, when he made a big play at the end of the game, he instead chose to show his extremely poor character. In the past, after an outcome such as this, I may have rooted for Seattle in the Super Bowl, figuring that if they beat my team, they deserve to win. Sherman's ugly behavior has our family loudly cheering, go Broncos!

Chris Pasetta

San Jose

A simple fix for EV charging problems

Why waste an employee's time trying to get their EV charged (Page 1A, Jan. 20)? If a company can hire a world-renowned chef, offer child care and exercise facilities, why can't they include a valet service to charge vehicles? Vehicles would be charged in the order that they arrive at the station and would be rotated through as they are either fully charged or have reached their time limit for charging. Employees could check the status of their vehicle online through something as simple as a Google doc and receive an email notification once their vehicle has been charged.

Carolyn Bildstein

Menlo Park

Heat water in advance so gallons not wasted

One useful way to save water is to eliminate the gallons of cold that go down the drain while waiting for the hot water to arrive at the tub or shower. A few years ago my contractor installed an electric circulator into the hot water pipe about a foot before it goes under the house. He also installed a switch that is turned on first thing in the morning, and water is heated the length of the house in a few minutes. Turn on the faucet, and hot water is there in seconds. I must have saved many gallons over the last few years.

Judith Clark

San Jose

No need to label GMOs in food as they are safe

Gregory Coffeng asks that the foes of labeling GMOs in food be identified. Fine. Here I am. And along with me are all my friends, and everyone else I know who believes in science and rationality above fear-mongering and moral panic. To deny the safety of GMOs in food is as irrational as denying evolution or climate change, and irresponsible when we need to meet the food demands of the ever-growing population of the planet. Scientific consensus is that they are safe, and they make up 70 percent of the food we already eat. GMOs allows us to use less water and fertilizer and pesticides to grow more crops on the same amount of land. This is not propaganda. This is science. To hear otherwise in Silicon Valley, a place where science is brought to market every day, is abominable.

Andrew A Bodenhamer

San Jose

Big buffer zone a must to ward off protesters

As a follow-up on Gene McHone's excellent letter (Letters, Jan. 19), I performed "clinic defense" at the Women's Clinic in San Jose and at Planned Parenthood in Sunnyvale. Protesters showed no respect for the women trying to enter the clinic, even those who were there for non-abortion related services. The protesters shouted obscenities and insults to these poor women. They pounded drums and pushed fake photos of aborted fetus (which were actually primates) in their faces. I saw no "quiet, friendly speakers" in those mobs trying to obstruct the entrances to the clinic. A 35-foot (minimum) buffer zone is a must.

Bruce Jenkins

Sunnyvale

State must fully fund education obligation

I agree with Nancy Krop (Letters, Jan. 18) that California is shortchanging children and creating many future problems by underfunding education. Proposition 13 was badly written, and commercial property should not have been included. But education funding will not be solved by restoring commercial property taxes. California spends 2.9 percent of its money (all state and local tax resources) on education. The average for all states is 3.7 percent, and the 10 states that spend the most per pupil per year average over 4.4 percent. So the problem is that our elected officials are not prioritizing education. Until California decides it will fix this problem, additional taxes are only Band-Aids that will be ripped away during the next downturn.

Max Steinke

San Jose