City doing just fine without World Cup

San Francisco Planning Commissioner Michael Antonini’s statement about the America’s Cup, and that he “can’t think of another event, truthfully, since the ’39 World’s Fair that will be worldwide recognition for The City” is woefully shallow. With or without the 2013 America’s Cup yacht race, San Francisco’s worldwide recognition is already solidly established.

And though it looks very doubtful, if by remote chance opponents of the America’s Cup prevail, I suggest Larry Ellison’s private lake in Woodside as a good alternate venue. It is large enough, and I know all Woodside’s residents would welcome the worldwide publicity, the 9,200 staff, volunteers and vendors, and the expected 5.49 million visitors to our region.

Robert Brooks, Menlo Park
Save the Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service should not be closing 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local post offices, plus laying off thousands of workers.

The reasonable thing to do would be to raise the first-class stamp to $1, so we could maintain a cybersecure communication service, help pay off the $14.1 billion deficit by next year, maintain American worker jobs, keep an American tradition and help continue the script-writing skills of the English alphabet.

In an age of modern cyber-warfare and a government that is taking over the Internet — following our movements from our cellphones, computers and auto GPS systems — the U.S. Postal Service is a low-cost way of protecting our personal communications.

Frank Norton , San Francisco

Put supervisors to work

The Monday letter writer who complained about political opinions being expressed in a news story blew his own credibility. The San Francisco Examiner reported correctly that the taxpayers of San Francisco didn’t hire the Board of Supervisors to pass resolutions on the federal government’s policy of overseas military spending or anything else. The problem is that if the supervisors aren’t commenting on things that don’t concern them they are either embroiled on the diets of our children or bike lanes to nowhere.

Theodore Carl Soderberg, San Francisco

Perry’s many paychecks

It appears that Texas governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry is retired from prior public office and is now drawing a retirement annuity of $7,698 a month. But he is also still the governor and still gets his regular $150,000 yearly salary, too — all this while he’s running for president full time.

So in Texas, apparently the governor is allowed to not do his job, collect his salary and collect retirement at the same time. This makes California look conservative in comparison.

Marc Perkel, Gilroy

Out-of-control spending

We spent about $3,000 per U.S. citizen (over $800 billion) to kill more than 100,000 people in Iraq, and 47.9 percent of our population is now rated at low income or poverty level. Meanwhile The City is short of funds for the CCSF Chinatown campus after originally estimating the total cost to be $4.9 million, but having already spent $140 million.

Rich Knittel, San Francisco

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