In the Board of Supervisors’ latest controversial scheme, the proposal to extend parking meter hours past 6 p.m. and on Sundays stretches the boundaries of imagination by claiming the plan “improves available residential parking by increasing visitor parking in metered spaces in front of stores.”
I can’t imagine who would be gullible enough to believe drivers would choose to pay $3 per hour at a parking meter instead of parking for free one block away in a residential neighborhood. Does the Municipal Transportation Agency really expect us to believe residential parking will be made more available by increasing meter rates?
Ed Louie, San Francisco
Feds can’t fix problems
Suppose you hire a mechanic to fix your car and he damages it even more and you ask him to fix what he broke, yet he breaks it again and again; how many times do you ask the same guy to repair his mistakes before you realize how stupid you are?
And one more question: Can you explain to me again why we’re asking our government to repair our health care system?
Gary Hardeman, San Francisco
Obama emulating Lenin
If anyone was wondering about the haste of President Barack Obama trying to get his health care bill passed — especially without anybody reading it — the answer is in a quote from one of his heroes, Vladimir Lenin: “Medicine is the keystone in the arch of Socialism.” That little gem explains everything.
Joseph Locasto, San Mateo
Meters to ruin S.F. business
One might think that Oakland’s recent parking-expansion debacle would be a “teachable moment” for San Francisco officials. But the denizens of our City Hall have never been the quickest.
The idea of extending parking meter hours to midnight in restaurant and nightclub areas and to 9 p.m. in residential areas will literally ruin many businesses.
Does the Municipal Transportation Agency really think people will leave the restaurant or club every hour to feed a meter? Patrons will find other places to eat, drink and shop outside of San Francisco.
Picking the pockets of drivers who already pay exorbitant parking fees and ticket fines is no solution. Collecting fares from everyone who rides heavily subsidized Muni would be a good first step instead.
Howard Epstein, Chairman, Republican Party, San Francisco
Peace Prize, U.S. don’t mix
President Barack Obama receiving a peace prize is a very Orwellian gesture: “War is Peace.” How anyone in governmental leadership positions in the U.S. can be considered for a Nobel Peace Prize is beyond comprehension. Since before our founding as a nation, we have caused and continue to cause wars and destructive disruptions of people’s lives. We are eschewing universal health care for more war funding. Is this a sign of peace?
Denise D’Anne, San Francisco