Letters from our Readers: City has to continue

Your Nov. 16 story “Road to repair pocked with deficits,” is an accurate depiction of where The City could go without adequate funding for our infrastructure. In the last three years, the mayor and the Board of Supervisors have made unprecedented investments toward rehabilitating our roadways and keeping them from falling into further disrepair.

Without these funds, our streets would be in much worse condition than they are today. As we look ahead, The City is faced with closing another budget deficit. The challenge will be to balance the many needs of the public, including repairs to our infrastructure and other critical services The City provides to its residents.

We are committed to identifying the resources needed to continue making sure our streets do not decline and, more importantly, getting them on the steady road toward improvement. It is our duty and job to ensure that our streets are safe and accessible.

Ed Reiskin, Director, Public Works Department, San Francisco

Money should go to streets

In response to your Nov. 16 story about road repair deficits, it is absurd that a city with a $6.6 billion budget — which is bigger than that of 20 states — can’t afford to maintain its streets.

The fault for this disaster lies with our loony “progressive” supervisors and the voters stupid enough to elect them. By wasting money on what seems to be a growing and unending subsidy for panhandlers, vagrants, public drunks and other malcontents, they don’t have enough money left over for maintaining the streets and other basic public services.

It is time the voters of San Francisco regain their sanity and start electing supervisors who will set common-sense priorities.

E.F. Sullivan, San Francisco

Show the world US cares

If President Barack Obama decides to send more troops to Afghanistan, it will be a mistake. President Lyndon Johnson won a landslide election in 1964, but was forced to withdraw from the 1968 election mainly due to the disastrous war in Vietnam.

Part of our massive defense budget should be spent on feeding and educating the people of Afghanistan. Terrorism always seems to be greatly reduced when the rest of the world can see that the U.S. really cares about them.

Richard Sheridan, Sacramento

Message in health care

For those of you pining for government health care, consider U.S. Postal Service, Amtrak, Social Security, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, etc., with all their attendant insolvencies.

Yet, you crave to trust some faceless government bureaucrats rather than your personal doctors with your health?

Concede Congress some credit. It apparently knows better and refuses to entrust it own cherished well-being to such bureaucratic indifference. Instead, Congress members specifically have made themselves exempt from any new health care plan.

Tony Favero, Half Moon Bay

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