Letters: Barry is worth reading

“Hack-a-player cure? Simply make ’em,” Sports, April 29

Barry is worth reading

I continue to enjoy Rick Barry’s insight into the NBA and sports in general. I know he once did color commentary and had a bigger media presence, but some found his candid attitude to be abrasive.

Unfortunately, it cost him. From the fan’s standpoint, I love an honest and candid opinion. Plus, it is apparent that Rick is just a very bright guy. Keep it up, Rick. Wherever you are writing, I will track you down and read.

Ronald P. Rives

Pittsburg

“Bike lane improvements all across city,” The City, April 28

Bike riders breaking laws

Here we go again with more concessions made for bicycles and nothing to ensure safety and compliance with traffic laws.

I support biking. I think it’s great that people are getting out of their cars and taking their bikes to work. What I don’t like is The City is essentially giving a lot of people who have no respect for traffic laws a bunch of nice gifts. To me, this is like giving your kid the keys to the car, or buying them a gun and then telling them to have a good time. Where is the license? Where is the training? Where are the instructions that riding a bike in this city requires manners, consideration and compliance with the law?

You can’t even drive a car in this country without passing a test and obtaining a license, but anyone can buy a bicycle and just hit the streets — and many do so without the slightest regard to the laws.

If we’re going to promote biking like this, and spend all this taxpayer money to build special lanes for them, then we need to establish a licensing system so we can track the ones who violate the laws and, yes, kill pedestrians because they can’t stop their bikes when they’re going like a bat out of hell down the street and around the corners.

John Schambre

San Francisco

“Mission housing slowdown has support,” The City, March 30

S.F. needs housing work

It amazes me that San Francisco voters still have not woken up to the fact it’s the lack of housing construction that this proposed moratorium would make worse, which has led to our current housing crisis.

Since 1990, the Mission has only produced about 1,500 units of housing.

Do the math. It means that the Mission has produced less than 100 units of housing per year for the past 25 years. San Francisco in general, and the Mission in particular, isn’t facing a housing crisis due to too much housing. It’s because we’re not building enough housing, which the proposed housing moratorium would make worse. I just hope the voters will wake up to that fact and vote this moratorium down if it gets on the ballot.

E.F. Sullivan

San Francisco

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