As state Sen. Leland Yee sees his once-unobstructed run for mayor threatened by the rise of the Rose Pak and Ed Lee forces, he must resort to any means to call attention to himself. What better way than to make accusations against the alleged supporters of Rush Limbaugh and rally the public?
Some forthright and positive solutions to the ongoing financial demise of San Francisco would win Yee more votes than portraying himself as a victim of a right-wing vendetta.
Robert A. Jung, San Francisco
Recognizing a pioneer
The humble computer cursor finally rated a front-page San Francisco Examiner headline Tuesday.
It was invented by my late friend, John Lentz, in 1954 at the IBM Watson Research Lab. He told me it was the achievement he was most proud of. This screen-display symbol indicating where you are and where you are going next is the workhorse of computing, thanks to John Lentz.
Ted Loewenberg, San Francisco
Kowtowing to unions
Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address shows that he continues to pander to his main constituency — the Democratic-connected California unions that got him elected. Brown’s budget fails to propose any cuts to union worker pensions, wages or health care costs. But his budget does cut nonunion work salaries.
A Stanford study shows California owes $500 billion in unfunded union pension obligations. And this year’s unfunded pension liability is next year’s budget cut to schools, Medi-Cal, etc. The 2011 budget required $5.5 billion to meet a small fraction of California’s unfounded liability. Without reform, this will get worse.
Unions don’t want to pay more for their pensions nor have their salaries cut, so Brown proposes none. Unions do want California to incur more than $100 billion in new California debt for a useless high-speed railroad, so he supports that. Governor, no new taxes without union pension reform and ending the high-speed rail boondoggle.
Mike Brown, Burlingame
Give Caucasians a voice
Supervisor Jane Kim has the right not to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. She feels “we are not a nation of liberty and justice for all, yet.” Fair enough. And in the interest of equity and justice, can we start by having the San Francisco Human Rights Commission include a Caucasian to represent the European-American community?
Philip Melnick, San Francisco