Government should honor responsibilities

It’s too bad students took out loans to pay for college, from which they should ultimately profit by way of higher salaries and wages. It’s too bad some homebuyers signed mortgages which they now regret. And it’s really too bad that I don’t have a government pension that guarantees me 75 percent of my last year of spiked salary or even $11,000 per month, and that my personally funded IRAs and 401(k) are down significantly in the past three years.

It’s also too bad that Democrats now suggest I don’t need or “deserve” the Social Security funds I’ve been paying into for the past 40 years and which I won’t be able to obtain for another 10 years. But those are the deals I made, and I expect to honor my side of them as I expect and demand that the government honor its side.

Cary Fulbright, San Francisco

Kudos to Lee for veto

At a time when The City’s unemployment rate is stubbornly high and many small businesses are struggling just to keep their doors open, Mayor Ed Lee was absolutely right to veto the badly written piece of legislation to return unused health care funds to workers.

City Hall should be making it easier for businesses to stay open. But no, the Board of Supervisors just piles on one mandate after another, one tax after another and one fee after another. They are totally out of touch with reality. Ed Lee should be praised for being one of the few grown-ups at City Hall.

E.F. Sullivan, San Francisco

No sympathy for campers

An item on Page 7 of Wednesday’s San Francisco Examiner said Supervisor John Avalos introduced a resolution to show support for the Occupy protesters and allow them to stay in Justin Herman Plaza.

While that might score points with the left, it won’t score points with other people who can’t use the plaza as they previously did.

While I am all for freedom of speech and the right to assembly, this has gone too far. If the protesters were truly angry, why aren’t they actively doing something to get their message across and to enact real change?

Camping out in the plaza isn’t going to solve anything, it’s just camping out.

Edmund Lee, San Francisco

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