Letters from our readers: Fistfights a tad less dire than people getting shot

In Friday’s Examiner article on club violence I was stunned by the callous comment of club owner Barry Synoground.  “How often are there assaults at Giants games?”  To equate fistfights at a baseball game with police and innocent bystanders getting shot outside clubs is a pretty cynical way to further an agenda of making money and draining the resources of police and emergency personnel.

I am fortunate that the owners of the club on my block have made sincere attempts to work with the neighbors and corral the scene. I wish Synoground and Mark Rennie and their ilk would do the same. Instead they continue the “no fun” attacks on anyone objecting to gunfire outside their apartment.

In District 6, the only supervisor candidate who attended community meetings and helped neighbors with club violence problems was Debra Walker. Where were the other candidates when residents got together to address the vandalism and violence coming into our neighborhood every weekend?

John LeFan
San Francisco

Rare pro-business vote


I had to read the Sept. 15 City Hall Watch several times before it really sunk in that the Board of Supervisors actually voted in favor of business when they rejected an appeal to stop the construction of CityPlace on mid-Market Street. Not only that, the vote was 9-0.

Maybe my prayers have been answered and we are going to see businesses being welcomed back into San Francisco, with open arms.

John “Scotty” Thomas
San Francisco

Mess we’ve made in Iraq

Contrary to President Barack Obama’s “mission accomplished” speech ending U.S. combat activities in Iraq, our ongoing involvement is very much in evidence, as recent events have shown. The State Department is planning to dramatically increase the use of mercenaries and “private” soldiers to defend U.S. interests, such as the bloated U.S. embassy that is the size of Vatican City. U.S. military bases will remain but have been rebranded “enduring presence posts.”

A staggering $53 billion in “aid” mysteriously vanished, and 70 percent of Iraqis lack clean water and electricity. Oil production is below Saddam-era levels, leading to long lines at gas pumps. More than 2 million Iraqis, including many of the educated elite, have fled the country. More than 3 million Iraqis are internally displaced, too frightened to return to their former homes.

The progressive left had no difficulty seeing early that the oncoming war would be a nightmare.

Jagjit Singh
Los Altos

Put money in right place


Meg Whitman could get more votes for governor if she donated $10 million or so — a drop in the bucket for her — to the victims of the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion instead or dropping more than $100 million on negative, slanderous ads.

Rick Junsch
San Francisco

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