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Wholesale changes threat
to Twitter’s relevance

Re: “Twitter sign X-ed out at S.F. offices” (Page C7, July 26).

From revolutionizing the automotive industry with Tesla to spearheading the SpaceX program, Elon Musk has consistently brought about fascinating changes. While Musk’s propensity for innovation is commendable, the change of Twitter’s name and logo to “X” is a decision that warrants open dialogue.

Twitter, since its inception in 2006, has been an integral part of our cultural landscape. It has served as a platform for people to share their thoughts and connect with others. The iconic bird and the concept of “tweets” have become symbols of this digital realm, making Twitter indispensable.

With Musk’s Twitter acquisition, changes were inevitable. However, the decision to completely change the name and logo raises concerns about losing the historical significance and our collective identity associated with Twitter. Preserving the platform’s legacy and sense of community should be at the forefront of this transition, ensuring that the values that made Twitter a cultural phenomenon worldwide remain intact.

Alexandria Luo

Schools need more
rigor, not more games

Re: “New math proposal adds fuel to debate” (Page A1, July 27).

California’s new plan for teaching math, which gamifies the process in response to off-the-charts failure rates, represents a sad reality about the state of our public schools.

Instead of increasing rigor, school officials completely rework guidelines and curricula tailored to the optimal “results.” We shouldn’t reinvent the wheel entirely before taking a closer look at problems already embedded in the school system: students’ poor study habits, a lack of academic rigor and the elimination of accelerated course paths.

All of our public school students will suffer if the standards are lowered.

Adam Abolfazli
San Francisco

Letter misunderstands
our form of government

Re: “In California, Dems are anti-democratic” (Page A6, July 27).

Jay Morrett seems not to understand our basic representative form of government. He notes that we never voted on matters such as the gasoline tax, the closing of schools during COVID or zoning laws … all of which is true because our government is, well, representative.

We elect representatives to decide such things so that we don’t have to sit all day at our computers voting. If we are displeased with what they do, we vote them out.

Regarding the GOP having no voice, this is a problem even on the national level. Having a voice means offering constructive programs rather than just being the party of no.

James Bangsund
San Jose

Transfers to elite schools
face more class time

Re: “Copy California for more diversity in your colleges” (Page A9, July 27).

This is in reply to Stephen Handle’s op-ed, which encourages elite colleges to accept transfer students from community colleges.

There’s a good reason why elite colleges like MIT accept very few transfer students. The pace and depth of instruction at places like MIT far exceeds that of most colleges, so even if a transfer student were accepted, they would get almost zero transfer credits, thus requiring them to spend an additional four years to graduate.

Sue Kayton
Menlo Park

GOP officials must
explain Trump support

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, look your daughter in the eye and assure her that ex-President Trump, convicted of sexual assault, is fit to be president again.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, as a retired JAG officer whose career focused on national security, convince your best friend that Trump should be Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Services again, knowing he has been indicted for violation of the Espionage Act.

Rep. Steve Scalise, you strongly support law enforcement. Tell your family that you will be secure in another Trump presidency, knowing that he watched and did nothing as police were brutalized defending you on Jan. 6.

Rep. Nancy Mace, convince your middle schoolers, as they sit in social studies classes learning about the importance of voting, that a Trump team will know the difference between certified votes and fake ones and rely only on the people’s vote.

We need you to tell the truth before the next election.

Patricia Andrews
San Jose

Israel wants U.S. to
be silent benefactor

Re: “U.S. should butt out of Israeli domestic issues” (Page A6, July 21).

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