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President Donald Trump is celebrated by workers and executive from Snap-on in Kenosha, Wisc., after signing a workplace executive order on Tuesday that calls for a review of the United States’ H-1B visa process. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
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“What ‘60 Minutes’ didn’t say about H-1B visas,” In Brown Type, April 19

Congress must stop H-1B visa exploitation

Jaya Padmanabhan’s article concerning the abuses of H-1B visa program got one thing right: Congress created the loophole allowing the visa abuses, and Congress, mostly certainly including Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Representative Nancy Pelosi, must now close the loophole, specifically not allowing replacement of qualified Americans with foreign workers.

This job must go further than the situation at UC San Francisco and include the rich tech firms, such as Apple and Oracle. In this regard, if these big tech firms want the H-1B visa program, they should be required to pay into education and scholarship programs so that talented Americans — young and old — are being trained to fill skilled tech jobs in the future.

As it stands now, these tech firms use their largesse to influence our government representatives to enact foreign visa programs that benefit their already opulent bottom line, to the detriment of the American workers.

John M. Kelly
San Francisco

“Make traffic deaths a thing of the past,” In My View, April 18
Traffic safety is no easy fix

SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin proclaims that “each [San Francisco traffic fatality] is preventable” as though this is somehow self-evident simply because he proclaims it. It is no such thing.

As SFPD Cmdr. Mikail Ali discovered in his detailed analysis of 2013 and 2014 street fatalities, the majority of fatalities are due to “really, really bad behavior” on the part of drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Anyone who cycles and walks in San Francisco every day, as I do, will be as confounded as I am at the notion that red-light-running, inattentive jaywalking and failures to yield at crosswalks can be prevented by “Vision Zero,” which is a slogan pretending to be a panacea.

Reiskin cites “data analysis” as the basis for ever more expensive and intrusive mismanagement of our traffic flow. Yet despite having more than 5,000 employees at his service, the SFMTA has been slow to publish its annual collisions reports so we, citizens, can review the data ourselves.

The latest canard is “speeding,” something we all know is nearly impossible to do on tight, congested inner-city streets. Yet, it will be cited as justification for massive new camera surveillance. I’m sure the vendors of the speeding cameras are pleased by Reiskin’s endorsement of their solution to a nonexistent problem, as well as Uber and Lyft, who smile upon his efforts to divert our attention away from the true current scourge: distracted ride-hail drivers.

Deane Hartley
San Francisco

“All eyes on Georgia,” Alix Rosenthal, April 6
Work where you live

A couple of weeks ago, Alix Rosenthal urged San Franciscans to send postcards to northern Atlanta voters to vote for a Nancy Pelosi-backed Democrat, Jon Ossoff. In contradiction, she previously went after Ed Jew for not living in his district. Richard Alarcon in Los Angeles was prosecuted and went to jail for the same, as have other California politicians. It is a felony.

Ossoff does not live in his district. He lives 10 miles east, at Emory University and has done so for some time. Ossoff claims to have “grown up in the district,” so he’s entitled to run there.

By his definition, so am I in Atlanta, where I grew up and lived — longer than Ossoff — for 32 years, in the very district he is running. The Examiner should inform its readers they are sending postcards to support what California prosecutes as a felony.

If Ossoff gets away with this, rest assured, I will run for office in Atlanta in one of the areas I lived in, too — all the way from San Francisco. And I will press the point all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Janet C. Campbell
San Francisco

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