letter to the editor

Letter to the Editor – Columnist Concerns


I was very surprised and disappointed that you would devote so much space in the August issue to Quentin Kopp’s reactionary views in his column “In Pursuit of Justice.”

Recently he used a sexist statement calling Tamara Keith, a reporter for NPR and PBS Newshour, “a moronic schoolgirl.” Really.

We get Mr. Kopp’s regular litany of gripes. “Questionable police conduct has intimidated prosecutors,” defunding the police “risks a return to a high crime era,” “a depressing part of American Culture is our educational system and what biased teachers and left-wing faculty have accomplished over the last six decades,” and on and on.

There is not one mention about Black Lives Matter and the depressing number of Black women and men who continue to be murdered by the police, which has sparked calls for “defunding the police.” Most of the commentaries I have seen have been about doing a better job of policing – in the alternative, sending mental health care professionals to deal with psychiatric cases, etc.

Mr. Kopp has always been an outlier in SF Politics. In 1982 he was among those who opposed renewal of the Rent Stabilization Law – it passed anyway. He was not interested in helping with the homeless crisis of 1982. I know. I was there.

From his comments, it appears that Mr. Kopp is in favor of a return to the McCarthy era,  commenting about “biased teachers” and “left wing faculty” (according to Kopp) in our schools and colleges.

I am really disappointed that the Richmond Review/Sunset Beacon would afford Mr. Kopp two thirds of a page for his pro Police Officers Association, right-wing musings and quotes about Republican polls opposing abortion.

Is it too much to ask for a writer more in the mainstream? How about rotating columnists who reflect SF today. 

Nancy DeStefanis

1 reply »

  1. I would like to provide a countering perspective to the letter submitted by Nancy DeStefanis in criticism of Quentin Kopp’s column. His columns lend an insightful history lesson that I find insightful. He’s been involved in California politics and history that what he writes about takes an informed point of view and is always insightful. Just because Ms. DeStefanis doesn’t like his point of view, or thinks he should write about something else, does not make it worth removing him from a platform so he can share those.

    Ms. DeStefanis asks “Is it too much to ask for a writer more in the mainstream? How about rotating columnists who reflect SF today.” We actually need more balanced reporting from the current progressive left that dominates in San Francisco. There are many moderates that live in the city that would welcome a balanced point of view and perspective on policies. Unfortunately, writers like Ms. DeStefanis use inflammatory language to insult and shut down any countering points of view and get the press in SF to believe that there only one perspective. Silencing moderates does not mean they aren’t living in the city.

    I could share a list of the columnists in your publication that I disagree with and find insulting to my perspectives. However, I value the constitutional right they have to openly express their points of view and only hope that you will continue to provide Mr. Kopp the same opportunity and even add to your collection of writers some level of intelligent, insightful, and balanced perspectives. It’s time Ms. DeStefanis learns to talk with, and not at, the people she disagrees with. Please do not apply her myopic filter and start to censor writers.


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