Letters from our readers: Let the police brass do what they’re trained for

There was a significant omission in The Examiner’s Oct. 8 discussion of Proposition M in “Foot patrol cuts anger residents.” Prop. M contains a “poison pill” that would negate Prop. L — Civil Sidewalks — which will help people to walk down the street without stepping over people lying on the sidewalk and blocking doorways. Specifically, if Prop. M receives more votes than Prop. L, it would void Prop. L.

Allowing untrained civilians to dictate police officer deployment as required by Prop. M is a danger to everyone in San Francisco. We have a professional chief of police and command staff who are experts in police deployment. We should let the professionals do their jobs.

Howard Epstein, Chairman, Republican Party, San Francisco

Mail-in voting works

The same day the California 2010 ballot arrived in my mailbox, I voted and put it in the mail to be returned and counted. This was the first time I ever voted by mail and I like it. It allowed me to vote from home where I could study the candidate statements and do research on the propositions in order to understand them and get my vote right.

I do feel the government should have sent the ballot postage-prepaid rather than making me put two stamps on it to get it back to them. I’m concerned the post office is going to throw out a lot of ballots for lack of enough stamps.

The way I see it, no matter what side you are on, if you don’t vote, you’re not really a citizen. Not only should you vote, but you should take the time to think things through. I vote because I care about the future of the country. If you care about America’s future, you will vote too.

Marc Perkel, Gilroy

Keep an eye on the money

Now we find out that Washington sent $18 million of the stimulus package, in checks of $250 each, to dead people. Just wait till our government starts spending the $1 trillion it appropriated for Obamacare.

Scott Abramson, San Mateo

Afghan war not winnable

Oct. 7 marked the 10th anniversary of the Afghanistan war. It is time for the U.S. to finally concede that Afghanistan is unwinnable. We are and always will be an occupation force resented by the local populace. We imposed a corrupt, unpopular Hamid Karzai government on the country.

We are only fighting Taliban tentacles in Afghanistan while the head is located in remote parts of Pakistan, our unreliable ally. Reportedly, Karzai is already negotiating with the Taliban and when the coalition forces finally leave, as they must, the Taliban will likely exert considerable influence over the country’s affairs.

The U.S. forgot that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Now is the time to end the sacrifice of precious lives and the waste of billions of dollars.

Ralph E. Stone, San Francisco

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