Letters: August 4, 2006

Olympic angst simmering

San Francisco officials (especially the mayor) have been wasting more public money by attempting to woo the Olympics to our town without having asked us first whether we want the damn thing. Ken Garcia would prefer that we think more about feathers in Gavin’s cap than fiscal and environmental responsibility (Aug. 1).

Fiscal, because the lists of hidden expenses caused by the Olympics to host cities is legendary. Environmental, because our personal lives will be turned upside down by the congestion before and during the Olympics.

Our City already depends far too much on tourism. We need an economy that is more balanced. Any conservative economist will tell you that when you depend too much on one source of income, your economic stability is at risk.

Our wharf area is already a Disneyland that most local residents avoid. Our housing developers exacerbate this situation by catering to out-of-town millionaires — again, at the expense of local residents.

I know it’s late in the game, as Mr. Garcia points out. After all, the 2016 Olympics are a mere 10 years from now. But let’s dump the idea anyway and risk disheveling a mayoral feather or two.

Charles Kalish

The City

So, Ken Garcia wants to know why San Francisco shouldn’t host the Olympic Games. Have him walk to Market Street some weekday night after 10 and take a ride on the Muni underground. My point is: it’s shut down “for improvements.” And it’s been this way since January. Can you imagine a city like New York, London or Moscow shutting down subway service for eight months? San Francisco can’t provide its citizens with decent, efficient transportation; how can Garcia expect San Francisco to provide it when the rest of the world comes to visit?

John Zaugg

The City

Ken Garcia says taxpayers should not fund campaigns for candidates for public office. Wouldn’t it be better if candidates and public officials were obligated to the public, the taxpayers, rather than to corporations and rich folks making big campaign donations and expecting to be rewarded with big benefits — folks such as those who gave cash to Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff?

Jane Morrison

The City

Cartoon outrage

I’ve never written a letter to the editor before, but Beeler’s racist propaganda is thoroughly unacceptable (Aug. 2). Let’s move past the questionable premise that the land that disenfranchised Jews claimed does not truly belong to the Palestinians who have owned that land for several thousand years. But I couldn’t believe the grotesquely biased characterization of the innocent Jew and the increasingly crazed and belligerent Arab would be printed by or play to any but the most rabidly prejudiced. Talk about stereotypes. Shame on the cartoonist and the editor who passed on this one.

Marilyn Emerzian,

Tina Meyers


Human shields

Hezbollah and Hamas leaders exhort children to strap on suicide belts, explode themselves upon Jews, and enter paradise. Is it hard to believe that these folks would not sacrifice children as their human shields?

Scott Abramson

San Mateo

What goes around …

Now that the shoe is on the other foot, Supervisor Peskin doesn’t like it (“Congress may toss SF’s minimum wage,” Aug. 2). Peskin and the majority of his colleagues, with the help of San Francisco’s extreme “progressive left,” consistently and frequently trample on the rights of housing providers and business owners. In the last couple of months we have seen an onslaught of City-imposed unfunded mandates on the private sector with more in the legislative pipeline. While I agree with Kevin Westlye of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association that $2.13 is extreme, the supervisors should realize the what goes around comes around. The supervisors should do unto others as they would have others do unto them. But they will not.

Howard Epstein

Vice Chair, Communications

San Francisco Republican Party

The City

Doggie’s true height

The recent designation of San Francisco’s Doggie Diner sign as an historic landmark should be welcomed by cultural preservationists and readers of “Zippy,” the comic in which the Doggie sign sometimes speaks. The popular sign may be the Sunset District’s Coit Tower; but, tall as it is, the top of the dog’s chef hat stands closer to 25 feet above the ground rather than the 35 feet your report attributed to it (Aug. 2).

Joel Schechter

Ocean Beach Historical Society

The City

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