It’s no coincidence that the White House announced a forum to talk about unemployment a day after Gallup reported that voters now favor Republicans instead of Democrats going into the next congressional elections. The political maestros in the West Wing can read the data as well as anybody else, and they realize many Americans think President Barack Obama’s priorities are mixed up. Read More
It’s been less than a week since the Fort Hood massacre, and the country is still struggling to understand why Army Maj. Nadal Malik Hasan allegedly killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded 30 more. Read More
I am a mother, a longtime San Franciscan, a taxpayer and a homeowner. Families in America today face an inadequate patchwork of prekindergarten programs. Only one in five children has access to state-funded, voluntary pre-K. Children who start behind are likely to stay behind. We can pay now for quality pre-K or we can pay more in the future to cope with children who need special-education classes, get held back a grade or drop out of high school. Read More
America’s Founding Fathers established a government based on the consent of the governed. They never envisioned a government that runs the lives of its citizens with or without their consent.
Suffice it to say they would turn in their graves if they read the 1,900-plus page health care reform bill the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on Saturday. Read More
I voted at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. I asked the precinct official how many people voted so far. She said I was the 20th person. My own apartment complex, a block away, has about 250 apartments, many full of retirees with nothing but time on their hands. That’s one of the reasons I write letters to the editor. It’s my morning prayers.
Al Ujcic, San Francisco
GOP won nothing of import Read More
Election day 2009 was a very good time to be a moderately conservative Republican promising to restrain government spending and to get needed things done without making bigger government the solution of first choice. It was not a good day to be a Democrat linked with Washington’s biggest problem — politicians who promise one thing, but then do something else entirely. Read More
Taking the historic F-line trolleys off Market Street would be a big mistake. Tourists love them, and the fact that one can take a straight (pardon the pun) shot from the Castro all the way down Market (with local stops that the underground does not provide, as well as connections to crosstown buses) to The Embarcadero is so good at moving tourists and locals alike that more cars should be added. Read More
Let’s hear it for Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich. The ranking minority member of the House Intelligence Committee is one of the few congressmen on record as having read the unredacted Afghanistan strategy report by Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Read More
“Market Street minus Muni” according to your Oct. 27 cover story? What is the mayor thinking? Would he reroute the historic trolleys to Mission Street as well?
The problem with Market Street is not too many cars or too many buses. It’s too many boarded-up storefronts and too few people. The sidewalks are already wide enough for lots of pedestrians. Now we just have to give pedestrians a reason to use them.
Michael Zonta, San Francisco Read More
It’s 2009, and forensic evidence is finally taken seriously in the case of Richard Ramirez. It’s ironic that the book “Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez,” reveals that at practically every crime scene there was a piece of forensic evidence belonging to neither Ramirez, nor the victim. And this situation was glossed over by both the prosecution and defense. Read More