Letters from our Readers: New Bay Bridge should be on the top of the list

It’s been 20 years since the earthquake that damaged part of the Bay Bridge, the new span is still years away from being put into service and, gee, there is new damage to the bridge. Why, why, why has it taken so long to get the new bridge up and running?

We need to stop letting everyone in charge of the bridges, tunnels, roads and transit options throw so much bureaucracy in the way of getting things done. All the people in the Bay Area need to say enough is enough, just get the work done and do it right the first time.

Margaret Von Schulze, Daly City

 

Enough of self-serving ride

Last Friday evening, we were once again victims of the cycling cretins of Critical Mass, exercising their “right to the road.”

People with real jobs, making their way home at the end of the working day, had to leave their stalled buses and walk for blocks. Theatergoers missed opening curtains. We saw visitors trying to catch a cab for the airport hopelessly stranded. And all because these self-indulgent scofflaws believe that they can do as they wish, regardless of the distress they cause.

I watched them pour down onto Market Street, each one with a self-satisfied grin indicating how much they were enjoying the chaos. What small lives they must lead if this kind of behavior gives them joy.

A city that expends millions on making the streets bicycle-friendly deserves better than this. Maybe our new police chief can do something about enforcing the laws that are so openly broken on the last Friday of every month.

Norman Patrick Doyle, San Francisco

 

Who’s telling the truth?

American doctors and nurses, and more than 65 percent of the American public, say we need a single-payer health plan for every American.

A handful of corrupt members in both houses of Congress — who are beholden to the health system lobbyists by taking their money — say we don’t.

So who do you trust?

Frank Scafani, San Bruno

 

Doubletalk is the norm

A few days before the vote on San Francisco’s foreign aid spending, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu was quoted in the press as saying it would be difficult to support Supervisor Chris Daly’s proposal because of the financial difficulties facing The City.

Less than a week later, Chiu voted in favor of Daly’s own foreign aid.

A nonpolitician who says one thing and does the opposite is called a liar. For a politician, misrepresentation is a tool of the trade.

If a San Francisco supervisor really excels at his particular skill, he gets elected president of the Board of Supervisors at the start of his first term.

Chris Stahr, San Francisco

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