Letters: November 20, 2006

The recent election is moving San Francisco in a terrible direction. Prop. F, which requires employers to provide paid sick leave to all employees, is another blow to micro-businesses in The City. I define micro-businesses as businesses with five or fewer employees.

S.F does not want micro-businesses to start and grow in The City, putting up economic barrier after barrier on start-up businesses. Most start-up businesses employ part-time employees in the early stages because that is all they can afford. Because most businesses lose money in the first two years, the added cost of sick leave to part-time employees comes right out of the savings, not profits, of the fledging shopowner.

To add to the cost of starting a business in S.F, the minimum wage yearly salary will increase 3.6 percent on Jan. 1, 2007 to $19,011. If a shopowner wants to hire a high school grad to cover phones and do light filing, the cost with payroll taxes, sick leave, and workers comp would be more than $20,000. This makes break-even cost with the rent, phones, and utilities in the area of more than $50,000. This is well before purchasing equipment, supplies, computers, software, and inventory which might drive start-up cost in the $100,000 range.

What does this do to the people of San Francisco? Every increase in start-up cost enslaves the economic lower class to stay in the economic lower class. Only businesses with substantial financing will survive the increasedcost of doing business in San Francisco. S.F will only have large chain stores, multi-state franchise businesses, and no locally owned establishments.

I am appalled at the supervisors and other officials who signed in on anti business legislation at the last election. How can the supervisors of Hunters Point, the Richmond and the Tenderloin, stand in the way of economic advancement of their own constituents? It must be city politics at its worstor people who failed microeconomics.

Rudyard Vance

The City

Fight to win

I have to take issue with John Hamre’s piece on fighting terrorism [Look for a better way to fight terrorism,” Nov. 17].

He feels that although we are not really torturing and mistreating the enemy as proclaimed by so many media outlets, the perception is that we are, and that’s reason enough to change the way we do things. I think that is the very thing our enemies want us to do.

Our morality and sensibilities are America’s Achilles’ heel, and the enemy knows it.

The problem we face now is that the politicians and academics who got us into this war, now that its horrors are becoming evident, want to micromanage every move our generals and warriors make.

No, Mr. Hamre. Let’s not come up with a new, nice “framework” for fighting this war. Let’s either let our guys, and gals, fight it to win or get the hell out.

Paul Clayton

South San Francisco

A Ninerless City

Letter writer Dan Levitt has touched on a serious point [“S.F. doesn’t need the 49ers,” Nov. 17]. There are a lot of other things we could better spend hard-to-find dollars on besides a losing football team and their loser owners — like safeguarding millions of dollars of investments on renovating dilapidating neighborhood parks by restoring the Rec. & Park Dept. Park Ranger Program and enforcing laws long ignored.

Curbing antisocial behavior in parks alone with a dedicated enforcement force and increased gardening crew would save us zillions and put us in a better mood to reexamine whether to reinvent the 49ers football at a later, more prosperous date.

Many hard-core Niners fans, my husband included, might find it hard to say goodbye, but returning to a livable City seems like the elephant in the room we can’t see over or around.

Andrea O’Leary

The City

Nancy and Jane

Jane Harmon is one of the most well informed and intelligent representatives in Congress. Nancy Pelosi seems to be a great lady, however, passing Ms. Harmon up in anything having to do with intelligence is just mind boggling and strikes me as the ironies of all ironies.

Jim Greene

The City

Milton Friedman, R.I.P.

Americans and people the world over should be forever grateful for Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, who recently passed away, as his ideas helped free the world from economic, political and social chains.

Kenneth L. Zimmerman

Huntington Beach

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