Letters from our Readers: Columnists against Obama

Examiner columnist Newt Gingrich wrote on Nov. 6 that he considers it a tragedy that President Barack Obama did not plan to attend the commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall — an event The Examiner covered with two column inches on page 12 in its Nov. 10 edition.

The Examiner’s pundits second-guess everything President Obama does — not because they truly disagree with him, but because he is the leader of the other political party.

Jerry Robbins
Alameda

Drivers, bicyclists and walkers: Let’s get along

While San Francisco has more than a handful of insensitive and arrogant drivers behind the wheel of large and dangerous vehicles, not all drivers are “bad.” I have seen bicycle riders and many pedestrians who go obliviously into the path of death machines without even looking first. This cluelessness, coupled with the power of the car, kills people.

The City has many hills, winding roads and sometimes even a blinding sun that helps make it near impossible for drivers to always see pedestrians and bicyclists. Let’s all get along and share San Francisco streets rationally and courteously. Drive and walk and bike together as a team, not as competitors.

Bill Perry
San Francisco

Editorials spew GOP bias

Politics is a dirty business. And now for two days in a row, your editorial pages have advocated an increase of vile partisanship. Is all we can expect from the Republicans — an endless, twisted effort to regain power by ruthlessly targeting politicians they disagree with? Health care should be every American’s right. No progress toward this is worse than doing nothing.

Gordon D Robertson
San Francisco

Supes ignore federal law

The Board of Supervisors apparently passed a law some time ago that set the estimated costs on which building-permit fees are based — using a national real estate-based cost estimating guide, not one of the national and major construction cost estimating guides.

The law included fees paid for designing the projects, which causes the building owner to pay a city “tax” on professional fees.

But mandating what architects should charge is a violation of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a
40-year-old antitrust suit that outlawed a national fee chart most architects were using. That chart set fees based on the complexity of the project.

The supervisors seem to have again flown in the face of federal law to penalize city residents by taxing architecture and engineering fees.

Janet Campbell
San Francisco

Ignorant attack

It was just a Greek Orthodox priest brutally attacked with a tire iron by Marine reservist Jasen Bruce in Tampa, Fla., as he was just asking for directions, so I am not surprised this story did not get much press locally.

Bruce’s excuse is that he thought Rev. Alexios Marakis was an Arab terrorist. As a Greek Orthodox, I am outraged and demand that this dangerous fool be tried for a hate crime and ousted from the Marines before he receives any more training in how to kill.

Cynthia Marcopulos
South San Francisco

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