Runoff elections are a more democratic choice 

Runoff voting is a more democratic electoral system than ranked-choice voting, because whoever is elected in a runoff enjoys the legitimacy endorsed by the votes from the majority. Ranked-choice cannot eliminate the election of the most disliked.

If the majority happened to agree with the slogan of the Mayor Ed Lee opponents — “anyone but Lee” — our next mayor would be the legal winner, but would lack true legitimacy from the people.

Those who favor ranked-choice for being cheaper must remember that democracy is priceless. It’s time to end the tyranny of a minority and go back to runoff elections.

Antonio Urbina
San Francisco


Cap wages, do more hiring

Warren Buffett wants us to raise taxes on the rich. Another option is to change the capitalist system that made him rich.

Such a change would be to cap wages and stock options — like a maximum wage. Thus tax payments by the rich would fall and extra capital could be used by corporations to hire workers.

This isn’t a new idea. Governments throughout the United States cap wages of employees. The president makes $400,000. The vice president and speaker of the house make around $200,000. These capped salaries allow the
hiring of more public employees.

Paul Page
San Francisco

Waterboarding too cruel

Waterboarding is an immoral, cowardly, systematic act of cruelty. No civilized individual, nation or candidate for public office deserves anything but unfathomable contempt for excusing its use.

There is no excuse for calculated torture in war or peace. We defeated Nazi Germany in World War II. We tried and hanged the leaders found guilty of crimes against humanity. Enough is enough.

Al Ujcic
San Francisco


Put the House to work

The U.S. House of Representatives only scheduled 109 work days for next year at a time when America is in a crisis.

We all know they don’t care what happens to America because they have so much more to gain from their petty partisan squabbles. But by scheduling only 109 work days, they are rubbing our noses in it.

I think that after they took an oath to the Constitution, representatives should at least be required to pretend they care to do some work for the public benefit. And 109 days isn’t even pretending; 109 days is just wrong.

Marc Perkel
Gilroy

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