Your Tuesday front-page story went a bit too far by implying there is any chance for a year-round arrival of cruise ships to boost The City’s tourist revenues. The phenomenon of cruise ships arriving this week is only a semiannual rite of passage, and unfortunately it is short term.
Much like migrating whales, these beautiful ships are just passing us by. It is spring, and the ships are migrating from their Southern California home ports north to Seattle. Every year, Mexican cruises become Alaskan cruises, and vice versa in the autumn.
San Francisco will never be an embarkation point or a destination for cruise ships year-round. It will always be an occasional midpoint. There is simply too much dead space between here and the cruise lines’ destinations of Alaska or Baja California.
To hope otherwise is delusional for our city planners and merchants. Spending money from The City’s coffers for this purpose would be wrongheaded.
Michael McGreevy, San Francisco
The rising fees The City keeps charging residents and visitors are reminiscent of a restaurant that is losing money, so it keeps raising its prices. That strategy usually fails.
San Francisco has three times as many civil service employees as San Jose and costs residents twice as much per capita as the average of America’s 25 biggest cities.
Tim Donnelly, San Francisco
Ignoring obvious problem
Was it too politically incorrect for Ken Garcia’s Tuesday column to even address the fact that virtually all of the perpetrators preying on old Asians are young black males?
Garcia’s attack on the Asian community for bringing this sorry mess to our attention is appalling.
What is his solution? That Asians learn to be terrified and just shut up to die in silence? There is a lesson here that should have been learned. We ought to get rid of all the “family housing projects” that create this biohazard of young males who hate the world.
Elizabeth Frantes, San Francisco
Ideology stalls progress
If Supervisor John Avalos had studied economics instead of socialist dogma he might have learned that cutting taxes, especially for small businesses, actually spurs job creation and expands the tax base, thus providing more money for city services. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan proved that as a fact.
But unfortunately, Avalos and our current Board of Supervisors are stuck in an ideological straitjacket that says anyone who makes a profit and creates jobs is “the enemy,” thus explaining San Francisco’s endless budgetary crises.
E.F. Sullivan, San Francisco