Letters from our Readers: Making sure riders pay will make Muni safer

I would really like to know if Bobby Brown, the suspect in the recent Muni stabbings, paid his $2 Muni fare when he was riding the bus and reportedly stabbing innocent people. Muni drivers are known for letting homeless people on the bus without paying. Come on Muni, collect fees. It will help create a nicer bus ride for the paying customers, and help with your budget deficit.

Marlene Minoli, San Francisco

Vehicles make biking hard

A Thursday letter writer who recommended relocating the westbound bicycle lane that crosses Divisadero Street at Fell Street obviously doesn’t ride a bicycle. If he did, he’d know firsthand that this bike lane is part of the bike route referred to as “The Wiggle.” Its purpose is to enable westbound riders to pedal around steep hills, including those on Hayes and Page streets.

As one who bicycles westbound across Divisadero at Fell five nights a week, the only recurring problem I see at that intersection is the southbound vehicular traffic clogging the intersection. Maybe better management of that particular vehicular traffic is where we should begin looking for solutions.

Riley B. VanDyke, San Francisco

Tricky move at shipyard

Your “Under the Dome” column recently announced that while in Bangalore, India, Mayor Gavin Newsom signed an agreement with Cisco Systems Inc. to collaborate with The City on a “living innovative laboratory” within a proposed United Nations Global Compact Center at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard to replace the planned stadium in the development project.

In addition to bypassing community input, planning, redevelopment and Board of Supervisors public hearings, California state law under the CEQA requires that a supplemental environmental impact report be generated when a major physical change to an existing report is implemented.

The draft report for the Candlestick Point/Hunters Point Shipyard Phase II Development Plan is currently in the public comment phase, ending Dec. 28. That report nowhere discusses the impacts of an elusive global warming study center that would “provide technology to The City.”

Ahimsa Porter Sumchai, M.D., San Francisco

Troop surge not enough

President Barack Obama has earned a little respect from me now that he has committed to sending more troops to combat the murderous Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan. I still do not fully trust Obama, but at least he seems to understand the importance of winning that war. Unfortunately, 30,000 additional soldiers is not enough to crush the enemy there.

We should be sending no less than 100,000 more to do the job, and ask our allies to collectively match that number. This operation should be approached with the same sense of urgency and zeal as the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944. As a combat-trained Marine, I know that the surest way to dispose of the enemy quickly is to attack with overwhelming force. If we go all out now, it will be over sooner and cost less in American bloodshed.

Barry Bradley, San Francisco

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