Family behind Bi-Rite deserves accolades

Having grown up at 18th Street and Dolores, I was delighted to read your Sunday Credo page about Sam Mogannam of the Bi-Rite Market. I first met Sam’s parents and the Mogannam family when they began operating Bi-Rite, a store I worked in as a kid in the 1950s.

The neighborhood used to be a bit more edgy than it is now. Nobody envied Sam’s dad and uncle; they constantly had to deal with the walk-in thugs, robberies and burglaries.

To this day, I remember when they were robbed one night at gunpoint and locked up in the walk-in freezer located at the back of the store. I visited them the next day and surely thought it all might have been too much. I myself was unnerved. Not them — they persevered and never gave up. Great family. Sam got it all from them.

Jack Growney
San Bruno

Bad calls in 49ers game

What happened on Thanksgiving in Baltimore at the 49ers-Ravens game? The two big referee calls went in the hometown’s favor. I am convinced that NFL officials are very much like the umpires in Major League Baseball, who all seem to have different interpretations of the strike zone.

We need to see these arbiters of sport justice set aside their petty egos for the good of the game. Too many refs or umps are more concerned with how they look than about getting the call right. No fan in their right mind cares who called what. We just want the call to be accurate.

Kevin Marquez
San Francisco

Republicans reaching out

The student activist group By Any Means Necessary has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Occupy protesters. BAMN is working in unison with the Occupy movement to recruit young Americans to their leftist politics.

In contrast, there is a growing movement of young conservatives and Republicans ready to represent our imperfect capitalism over the disruptive tactics of the left.

Young Republicans are asking leaders and attorneys for BAMN and Occupy to take part in ongoing dialogue on the future of American democracy in hopes of finding solution without revolution.

The left is, at best, “considering” such debate.

Philip Melnick
San Francisco

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