It’s hard to go a week without reading yet another opinion from someone from The City who opposes the Central Subway for one reason or another.
I commute along Stockton Street every week day to get to work and back. Taking the 30-Stockton bus during commute hours is bad to terrible on most days.
This makes it clear to me that people who oppose the Central Subway have never had to rely on the 30-Stockton bus to get somewhere. So I urge opponents to try to ride the 30-Stockton from downtown to Fisherman’s Wharf or back during commuting hours and see if they still oppose the Central Subway project afterward.
Hans Huang, San Francisco
Solar plant is fishy
I have been reading that Tonopah Solar was awarded a $737 million loan guarantee from President Barack Obama’s Department of Energy to build the Crescent Dunes power plant in Nevada. The project, as proposed, seems to be a commercial-scale solar power plant that will produce 110 megawatts of electricity and employ 45 permanent workers. That is a cost of $16 million per job created, compliments of the U.S. taxpayer.
While all of that is interesting, I find it even more interesting that one of the investment partners is Pacific Corporate Group, which includes Ron Pelosi, brother-in-law of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, minority leader of the House of Representatives.
Matt Grocott, San Carlos
Capitalism really works
We are all capitalists — nobody willingly chooses a hand-to-mouth existence. And it’s safe to say that most of us prefer to get the best return on our investments. Risk-takers with drive, dedication and smarts often do. Dedication and differentiation are not evils.
Having been a union man for 45 years, I can tell you that I respect and admire successful entrepreneurs.
Paul Burton, San Francisco
Our politicians must go
If California was not so overrun with venal politicians — local, state and federal — it might stand a chance of recovery and real growth. Until Californians get rid of every venal politician and bureaucrat, who proliferated into a massive number since the Willie Brown heyday in the Legislature, we aren’t going to have a healthy state to live and work in.
Good professionals and workers alike must leave in order to have any hope — there are too many conflicts of interest allowed by state laws and practices, easily mined for personal gain.
Janet Campbell, San Francisco