Good move denying pot club a permit

Thanks and congratulations to Sunset community groups and Supervisor Carmen Chu for their determined and successful opposition to a cannabis club in the neighborhood. Their efforts can be a model to other community groups in California, fighting against the enforced locating of cannabis enterprises in their community.

The Planning Commission seemed to take the political position that every district of San Francisco must have a cannabis club in it. Fortunately, the Board of Appeals finally did finally listen to the community groups.

Cannabis is primarily a drug of youthful users, with habitual use declining by mid-30s. It is difficult to maintain employment, achieve educational advancement and maintain a satisfactory family life while using cannabis regularly.

Medical marijuana is misnamed. Users, not doctors, determine the length of use and the strength of the substance, and there are no standards for purity or uniformity.

Fiona McGregor, San Francisco

Keep the line moving

I wish that the people who are complaining and whining about TSA patdowns would just get with the program and go through the scanners like most of us do. It is quick and painless and helps to keep the lines moving.

Irving Q. Waldorf, San Francisco

Different rights for gays

Sen. Barbara Boxer likens America to Iran because of the controversy over gays serving openly in our military. Does Boxer not understand that in Iran, the regime does not argue about the rights of gays — the regime kills them?

Scott Abramson, San Mateo

Liberty nurtures genius

We are equal in our rights, but we are not equal in abilities, which are scattered all across the bell curve. There is also no accounting for luck or fortune. But we know that poverty and oppression destroy opportunity by limiting choice. Liberty fosters opportunity and the freedom to pursue our dreams to the best of our abilities. There will never be a Sergey Brin to come out of a place like Fidel Castro’s Cuba and create Google.

Paul Burton, San Francisco

Compromise is wrong idea

After the Republicans suffered their crushing electoral defeat in 2008, instead of being humbled they went on the attack, criticizing President Barack Obama and the Democrats and trying to block their legislation. Instead of defeat stopping them, it motivated them to be even more adamant and aggressive.

Now after the Democrats’ devastating 2010 midterm defeat, Obama has indicated he may want to compromise with the Republicans, including on tax cuts for the rich. I think this would be a major mistake. Obama should remain firm and keep pressing his policies, as he still controls one branch of Congress.

Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach

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