One clear solution to the problem of San Francisco turning a blind eye to the local-hiring needs of San Mateo County (“SF local-hiring bill turns blind eye to Peninsula,” Sunday) would be to reincorporate San Mateo County back into San Francisco County, where it came from back in 1856.
Michael Zonta, San Francisco
Larry Ellison’s impact
In response to a letter in Monday’s San Francisco Examiner from William J. Coburn attacking Larry Ellison’s desire to conduct the America’s Cup races in San Francisco:
How many restaurants, hotels, gas stations, taxis, drug stores, clothing stores, newsstands, etc. will benefit from an event like that? And, Coburn, nobody gave him his money, he earned it. But you would not know about how that works. It takes a little sweat and toil.
He also gives employment to about 5,000 people. Think before you criticize a doer.
Joseph Locasto, San Mateo
Reasons for defeat
The 111th Congress has been a fiscal disaster.
During the past two years, Congress has added $2.7 trillion to the deficit, including the expenses of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, a “stimulus” bill and an expansive new health care entitlement with unknown future costs.
The House failed this year to pass an annual budget for the first time since current budget rules were adopted in 1974. Congress failed to pass any of the 12 regular appropriations bills required to fund the federal government before the Oct. 1 fiscal year deadline.
Congress’ long failure to address the known-to-expire-on-Jan. 1 Bush-era income tax rates has resulted in uncertainty and the potential for across-the-board tax increases for all taxpayers, as well as an estate tax increase from zero currently to a 55 percent rate on portions of estates over $1 million.
Is it any wonder that House Democrats lost 63 seats in November?
Jim Hartman, Berkeley
Who’s making judgments?
On the subject of 240 Guantanamo prisoners, like them or not, I came across a letter in The Wall Street Journal.
With no sense of irony, as if from an impregnable bubble of circular reasoning, law professor John C. Yoo at the University of California and Robert J. Delahunty, an American Enterprise Institute scholar, state in the WSJ: “None was judged innocent.”
Our allies, as well as our enemies, watch our actions. How many of those still locked in Guantanamo at this time have ever been judged by an internationally recognized court of law regarding their human rights as prisoners? Is the Yoo team sole judge and jury?
We all make mistakes.
Al Ujcic, San Francisco