If the Board of Supervisors mandated that certain residences must be equipped with a radio that has no volume control, station selector or off switch, outrage against that governmental intrusion would be universal.
On the other hand, residents of the Richmond and Sunset districts are required to spend entire weekends assaulted by amplified thumping and inharmonic shrieking throughout the increasingly large and noisy concerts held in Golden Gate Park.
I believe the solution is to require concert organizers to place an array of sound measuring equipment in a 2-mile radius from the concert site and then use that equipment to provide immediate sound reduction cues for those running the concert’s sound system whenever the noise reaches certain levels.
Alternatively, perhaps it’s time for the courts to require an environmental impact review of the biological stress induced in San Francisco neighbors who must endure entire weekends stolen from them.
Riley B. VanDyke, San Francisco
Bike trains disappearing
In the last few weeks I have noticed a drop-off in availability of bike cars on Caltrain. It is particularly frustrating when the rush-hour morning trains that start from Fourth and King streets are filled to capacity with bicycles.
I normally very much enjoy commuting with Caltrain, but lately it has become very stressful from being unable to find a space for my bike. (I can only imagine the frustration other bike riders feel trying to get on further on down the line.) In addition, the return commuter trains are often filled with bikes to capacity, and if it were not for the understanding of conductors, many times I would have been bumped off the train.
Andrew Todd, San Francisco
Snub was good for Obama
Contrary to what it might look like on the surface, the fact that Chicago lost the competition for the Summer Olympics 2016 was a sure win for President Barack Obama.
He showed his patriotism by doing what he could to promote America, despite his already busy schedule.
When Chicago didn’t prevail, his opposition was overjoyed by the “loss” — demonstrating that most important for them is to take down our president regardless of consequences to Americans. How unpatriotic and short-sighted. Whatever Obama is for, they are against.
Another bright side for Obama is that he won’t face seven years of Republican complaints about every cost overrun or schedule slippage for the Chicago Olympics.
Jorg Aadahl, San Mateo
It has been suggested that the greatest monument we could have conceived for the 9/11 site would have been to resurrect the Twin Towers in less time than it took to build the originals. And in Rouen, France, there are 1,000-year-old churches, magnificent except where war left its blight — with stained-glass windows never properly replaced.
Still, one marvels to look at the rubble, the pictures of war destruction and to see what has been rebuilt. Perhaps incompleteness can also be regarded as monumental.
Paul Burton, San Francisco