Prop. A will let CCSF keep shaping our city 

City College of San Francisco makes dreams a reality. We support, shape and educate you, your family, your friends, your neighbors and your co-workers. We educate everyone.

No matter what, it’s not surprising that one in 10 San Franciscans have sat in a City College classroom. But that could change dramatically. We need your help now. Support Proposition A, the CCSF parcel tax.

San Francisco is alive with our former students — nurses, firefighters, police officers, chefs, reporters, broadcasters, teachers, actors, artists, politicians, musicians, scientists, chemists, college professors, computer programmers, doctors, lawyers, therapists, radiologists and social workers. We could go on and on.

The City is full of our former students. We touched their lives and chances are a day doesn’t go by without a City College graduate touching yours.

City College was and still is there for you. And now we simply ask for you to be there for us on Nov. 6. Help us shape future dreams.

Vote yes on A.

Cynthia Dewar
Chairwoman, Educational Technology Department
City College of San Francisco

Board shouldn’t enter fray

In his opinion piece (“San Francisco residents: Let’s bring back respectful dialogue in wake of Mirkarimi vote,” Sunday), Supervisor John Avalos seems to be seeking the courage of his convictions after weathering the fallout from his vote to allow the reinstatement of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

He was right the first time: The Board of Supervisors should stick to governing. While almost everyone supports the effective criminalization of domestic violence, only the political class could be enthusiastic about its politicization.

Maybe the political case against Mirkarimi will be important only because it fizzled out in the end, but we can hope that the vehement language of the people who showed up at public comment sessions highlights an important point for all the supervisors: The least they can do while they are in office is preserve the traditional character of the political arena as something separate from other practices of criminal law, social advocacy, urban planning and so on.

Government is hard enough without taking on the job of herding cats, and citizens don’t want to see that, anyway. They have to scream and shout just to get a word in edgewise.

Randy Stortroen
San Francisco

Death penalty costs us all

The death penalty is too final. We can never take it back once we execute someone — and there are innocent people behind bars.

On top of that horrifying possibility, the death penalty actually costs $130 million more than life in prison without parole. What a waste of money! We need Proposition 34 for justice that works for everyone.

I will be voting yes on Prop. 34 in November.

Bishop River Damien Sims
Society of Franciscan Workers Inc.
San Francisco

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