Letters: September 8, 2006

More on irrational parking violations

I can feel for Mr. Leith from Savanna, Ga. (letters. Sept. 7). The Department of Parking and Traffic is out of control. This is what I have been dealing with: I am a disabled American under ADA guidelines. I have been cited for parking so many times with my disabled parking placard and license plates that I lost count and don’t know what to do. The worst of it is the attempt to tow my car with my California Assistance Dog in the car. I managed to prevent this incident but the situation has gotten even more bizarre.

I decided to confer with an attorney. The first thing she asked was if I had I found a good place to park. I told her I was on Kearny Street in a blue zone with my placard posted. All good? No way.

Some 90 minutes later after leaving her office I found that the DPT had my car towed out of the blue zone.

On top of this, the DPT has violated my Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of due process (fully documented). Where does this end? Perhaps the press and some serious public attention might be a start.

I still have not been able to clear these parking citations and cannot afford to pay them. I am on Social Security disability, with a very limited income. And I am afraid to drive my car anywhere in San Francisco that requires me to park on any public street, which limits my ability to conduct my daily activities here. I get most of my needs by driving to Oakland or Emeryville. I can’t afford the parking citations on top of my groceries.

G.L. Damiano

The City

‘Luciferous’

Not only is it right to say, “Punishing the sick wastes money” (Sept. 5, 2006), but it’s biblically incorrect to punish the sick. Caging humans for using the God-given plant must halt. The only biblical restriction placed on cannabis is that it be used with thankfulness.

Cannabis should be legalized, and one reason that doesn’t get mentioned is because it is biblically correct since God our father indicated he created all the seedbearing plants, saying they are all good on literally the very first page of the Bible (see Genesis 1:11-12 and 29-30). The work of the Food and Drug Administration along with the Drug Enforcement Agency is not only ludicrous, it’s ‘Luciferous.’

Stan White

Dillon, Co.

Hate mail

Perhaps you can shed some light on just why you persist in printing hate letters. I had hopes they would stop with the one sane one printed the other day criticizing you for this, but no, another one today. Even your political “cartoon” smacks of this. I realize your paper is free and will never again be The Examiner I so respected and enjoyed, but this is just getting to be too much. I just don’t understand all the rage and anger going on in this country, now directed at a man who obviously had a severe breakdown. Perhaps we should be caring and thoughtful of the loss on both sides instead of spewing seething hatred and bigotry.

Gloria Sams

Mill Valley

Commemorating 9/11

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and we are increasingly subjected to the same tired analyses of the by-now universally memorized details of that horrifying morning, followed, as usual, by calls for steely resolve in our grossly misnamed “War on Terror” (“Terror” didn’t attack us on that day, al-Qaeda did), I wonder if anyone will finally have the guts to ask the most obvious question: Why, five years after this atrocity, are Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the majority of the top al-Qaeda leadership, still walking around breathing up the air on our planet?

Michael T. Kirstein

San Mateo

ABC’s upcoming miniseries, “The Path to 9/11,” may take dramatic liberties with specific utterances and actions of historical characters in the Clinton administration, but it is entirely correct in illustrating that these individuals had frequent opportunities in the 1990s to stop bin Laden in his tracks but lacked the political will to do so (just as congressional Democrats now lack the will to sustain the war against Islamo-fascism). President Clinton, National Security Adviser Berger, and Secretary of State Albright all played key roles in blocking decisive action against al-Qaeda. It was wait and see then; it’s cut and run now.

T.J. Pierce

Alameda

Land of the free?

President Bush has transferred 14 key terrorist leaders from secret CIA custody to the U.S. military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be prepared for eventual trials,

Are you certain this is the United States of America, “Land of the Free,” and not The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in which these surreptitious maneuvers are being conducted?

William J. Coburn

The City

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