Funding for air transportation security (about $6 billion) amounts to about 10 percent of appropriations for all homeland security (about $60 billion).
In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy, Americans have never flinched at the cost. Indeed, we tend to assume that money, technology and efficient business practices will solve almost any problem. Having provided the above, we can afford to relax. Read More
With the passing of Neil Armstrong, I wanted to share this story with you.
As a native San Franciscan, I was a paperboy for The San Francisco Examiner in 1969. The contest at that time was to get two new subscribers in June, and the reward was two tickets to the Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game on July 20, 1969. I did my part, and that day, I was off to Candlestick Park with my dad as a proud son. This was the first time I was taking him to a game! Read More
Pouring money into public education is an exercise in futility, particularly with the checkered history of the miseducation of teachers and students and the malpractice of teacher unions.
Indeed, the latest education-related political barbs being thrown by President Barack Obama at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, accusing him of wanting to cut education funding, isa perfect example of Obama’s wasteful spending intended to keep the support of teacher unions. Read More
The political cartoon portraying conservatives and libertarians as insensitive and callous toward the poor is grossly mistaken (Today’s Cartoon, Pat Oliphant, Wednesday). Caring and compassion are good only when they are voluntary and individual. Voters and bureaucrats are spending someone else’s money. Public compassion is always compulsory and inefficient. Government agencies have spent zillions of dollars over the past decades to alleviate poverty; there is still no lack of poor people. Read More
In response to the letter writer in support of Ross Mirkarimi’s reinstatement as sheriff (“Let Mirkarimi fulfill jail-system vision,” Letters, Monday), there is one main issue. Would applicants for law enforcement jobs or sheriff be considered if they had similar convictions on their records? The answer would be no. Read More
Your article on the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival (“Outside Lands hits high note,” Monday) stated in passing that there were “fewer than half the number of complaints about noise.” It remains to be seen whether that was because the concert’s noise pollution was actually lower, or whether Sunset and Richmond residents simply gave up trying to get organizers to actually deal with the noise pollution. Read More
Virtually no Proposition 63 money funds true early intervention programs, contrary to Patricia Ryan’s implied assertions (“Programs help catch mental illness early,” Opinion, Sunday). The soon-to-be-diagnosed will always be a tiny fraction of the 6 percent of the population who are seriously mentally ill. There is too much Prop. 63 prevention money for this small group. The only such program San Francisco funded last year screened 183 people. Read More
“The supporters of Proposition 34 sympathize with the murderers. The victims are somewhat down on their priority scale,” said Michael Rushford, president of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation (“Death row may face demise,” Sunday). Read More