In your March 17 story, “Twitter vows to stick around if tax deal is OK’d,” I was stunned by the incredibly ignorant comment from Gabriel Haaland of SEIU Local 1021, who complained that the tax break would “gentrify the neighborhood.”
It seems as if progressive Lilliputians like Haaland see some misguided virtue in keeping people trapped in squalor and dilapidated, rundown neighborhoods. But more important, at a time when San Francisco is facing both double-digit unemployment and a huge budget deficit, City Hall needs to do everything it can to maintain and expand its tax base by encouraging business to stay and expand here instead of moving elsewhere. When businesses leave, their tax revenue and jobs go with them. That concept seems to be lost on Haaland.
E.F. Sullivan, San Francisco
US nuclear record is clean
The anti-nuclear knuckleheads never let a crisis go to waste, and they’ve jumped on the current problems in Japan with a vengeance. If you believe them, nuclear energy is one of the greatest threats facing mankind.
The reality and history are very different. The U.S. has had a near perfect track record with its more than 100 public utility nuclear plants — with Three Mile Island 32 years ago being the exception that proves the rule. And nobody died at Three Mile Island.
The U.S. Navy has accumulated over 5,400 “reactor years” of accident-free experience, and currently operates more than 80 nuclear-powered ships. The U.S. has 11 nuclear aircraft carriers, the oldest of which, the USS Enterprise, has been sailing for almost 50 years. The U.S. also operated three nuclear cruisers and built over 190 nuclear submarines during the past 60 years, all of which operated without mishap.
Nuclear energy is the one non-carbon-producing source that is proven, reliable and scalable.
Cary Fulbright, San Francisco
Taxing, spending goes on
Democrats are labeled “tax and spend” liberals for a reason. President George W. Bush’s worst federal deficit in eight years was $400 billion.
In President Barack Obama’s first year, with a Democratic- controlled House/Senate, Democrats overspent revenue by $1.42 trillion dollars. For 2011, Obama predicts overspending revenue by $1.75 trillion dollars, creating an overall $15.1 trillion U.S. debt. This is unsustainable.
Anytime budget “cuts” are proposed, tax-and-spend Democrats parade out children, seniors and the poor who will be “devastated.” In California, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democrats warn of the same, if voters don’t tax themselves and their unemployed.
Mike Brown, Burlingame