Letters from our Readers: Company lacks respect for S.F.’s treasured trees

A beautiful city-owned tree enjoyed by generations of San Franciscans survived for almost 100 years. But it did not survive the first day of a city contractor working in front of our home on Seventh Avenue between Lincoln and Irving streets.

This majestic tree has now been tagged by The City and must be destroyed, because the wound is too deep and the stability of what remains has been seriously compromised.

When representatives from our neighborhood contacted the company owner, he was dismissive of our concerns, openly hostile and clearly hoping to intimidate us with lines better suited to a school-yard bully.

Our city has lost a real treasure — a beautiful tree that could have been enjoyed for generations to come. And a private company with no regard for the concerns of our community is walking away with a city paycheck.

John Hogan
San Francisco


Politicians only tally cash

Recently, my niece went to Washington, D.C., to work as an intern for a local California Democrat politician.

While there, one of her tasks was to answer constituents’ phone calls. As constituents expressed their support or opposition to legislation she took notes and created a spreadsheet with a tally of the results. As soon as the office staff found out, they forbade her from doing this.

To her surprise, she found out that many Congress members do not keep a tally of constituents’ phone calls, e-mails or faxes. The only tally they keep is cash and where to get it.

Mitch Frazer


Presidential power grab

The health care bill is 4,000 pages of legislation crafted in secrecy. What little is known of this bill is that it gives the executive branch dictatorial powers. Why is the Democrat-controlled Congress giving their power to the president? Why the rush and the secret deals?

If Bush was so bad, why give the White House more power? Haven’t the Democrats thought this through? What happens next time we get a Republican president?

Keith C. De Filippis
San Jose


Cabinet is without insight

Only one in five members of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet has job experience in the private sector. Put another way, four out of five were “community organizers” and the like.

Democrats will argue this is good, because the private sector screws things up. Such insight requires that we ignore failings that can be attributed to government-enforced mandate. The Soviet Politburo was 100 percent apparatchik.

Paul Burton
San Francisco

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