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As 34-year San Francisco residents, my wife and I have been dismayed and disappointed in the long-term decline of the municipal transportation system, especially the trains serving the Market Street corridor. Years ago, riders could expect occasional delays and rush-hour crowds, but over the years it seems the occasional is now the routine as service deteriorates to an unacceptable level.

Even though we are within walking distance to the Forest Hill and West Portal Muni stations, we go out of our way to ride BART. Or we drive and park in increasingly expensive downtown lots. Yet we count ourselves fortunate because we have options, while many residents are forced to depend on Muni.

As ex-Mayor Willie Brown learned, there are no quick fixes to Muni, but we would greatly appreciate hearing a clear and honest analysis of the transit problem from this new group of mayoral candidates, with proposals for improvement.

Steve and Annie Abney, San Francisco

Stop whining about meters

I’m tired of people complaining about having to pay for parking meters on holidays. The purpose of parking meters is to generate revenue for cities and to create turnover so that other people can park in the spot to do their errands through the day. Enforcing meters on holidays such as Independence Day is even more appropriate than on a normal day, since it’s an especially busy time when spots in high-demand areas are limited.

While everyone likes things to be free, there would be an even greater shortage of parking if not for meters being enforced on holidays. Having to pay will encourage some people to park in garages or use public transit instead of occupying a street spot. All the whiners should just be happy that Sundays are still free at most meters in The City.

Marc Schoenfeld, San Francisco

Firefighters deserve better

The photo caption in your June 23 Jeff Adachi op-ed states that the City Hall pension reform plan for firefighters doesn’t require sufficient contributions. Firefighters have a tough and often-unenviable job where their lives are on the line daily. What kind of cost are we looking at?

Let us not forget the two fallen firefighters, Lt. Vincent Perez and Anthony Valerio. They paid the ultimate price by giving their lives. By the way, Adachi’s column was placed under the wrong heading. It should have been The Daily Outrage.

Martha Pahnke, Colma

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