Letters from our Readers: Offer more fountains if there are no bottles

Where have all the public and business water fountains gone? In their place have appeared water bottles, and bottled-water bottle dispensaries providing hot and cold water.

However, walking in cities is not like hiking on mountain trails, where canteens are carried to prevent body dehydration, so why is bottled water so necessary?

In cities, obesity and diabetes are epidemic, thus creating great thirst and constant drinking of water. Like the lack of public restrooms, there is a lack of public drinking fountains and, unless you are a shopper, these facilities are not offered to the public by businesses.

The answer to replace plastic bags with cloth bags was suggested until it was noted that unless the cloth bags were washed after use, they imposed a health risk. Such is the case with plastic, glass or metal water bottles.

<p>So it would appear that The City is attempting to ban a problem our supervisors themselves may have caused.

Frank Norton
San Francisco


Truth about terrorists

I think fighting terrorism would be more effective if President Barack Obama told the truth about the terrorists, namely that they are Islamic terrorists.

They are clearly driven by their religion and are in many ways the true practitioners of Islam, following the Koran to the letter.

Fortunately, the majority of Muslims do not practice their religion, but there are enough who do and they should be hung out as what they are — Islamic terrorists out to kill us infidels and other Muslims not obsessed with the right “faith.”

Perhaps over time the deadly reality about Islam’s ultimate goal may sink in. We don’t owe these self-centered social misfits anything, but they deserve to be classified for what they are: Islamic terrorists.

Jorg Aadahl
San Mateo


Pay for privilege to drive

I am in firm support of the City/County Association of Governments’ proposal to add a $10 tariff to driver’s licenses for San Mateo County.

I would like to see a full 50 percent of this “user fee” dedicated entirely to public mass transportation operations budgets, because this stepchild of transit funding is on the brink of collapse.

While we righteously give lip service to sustainability, we continue to expand our freeways to accommodate more vehicular traffic, only to discourage any behavioral change that might occur if we put our monies toward building and operating convenient and reliable mass transit.

If bus and train service is allowed to flounder and collapse, our county will suffer job losses not only for drivers, engineers and conductors, but also for those thousands who don’t own cars and rely on public transit to get them to work.

It is time we pay for the privilege to drive.

Pat Giorni

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