Letters from our readers: Sept. 21, 2001

Degrees of preservation on San Francisco streets

Wow, what a contrast on the same topic. Your Sept. 11 article about the Hugo Hotel shows how San Francisco government will steal property from its rightful owner, demolish a beautiful (albeit empty) building and build a housing project in its place. No mention is made of community opposition or historical preservation. Supervisor Chris Daly says residents want the site used for affordable housing. (Sure, let’s see that poll.)

Then on Sept. 16, you ran an article about the North Beach Branch Library and the efforts to have this hideous 1950s eyesore labeled a “historical landmark” so it can’t be replaced by a beautiful, contemporary branch. Just because something is old doesn’t make it “historic,” nor does the fact that its architects have deservedly gone out of business make it worth preserving.

Keith Bernstein

San Francisco

 

City gives no protection

Now that the Board of Supervisors wants to extend San Francisco parking meter hours to 8 or 10 p.m., they will kill movie theaters first, then restaurants and finally other tourism businesses. The City receives plenty of revenue from tourists, but it’s mean to them. The sanctuary policy alone has harbored foreign criminals who might have broken in to hundreds of cars parked on the streets.
Life has been made harder for residents and we’ve noticed many selling their homes and leaving town while overseas immigrants move in. I just wonder if or when the enemy comes and attacks San Francisco, would our anti-military supervisors volunteer to fight or would they let the volunteer military fight for them?

Van Nguyen

San Francisco

 

Thanks for clearing that up

I thought I opposed President Barack Obama’s pork-laden stimulus bill, his cap and trade, and his health care policies because I believed those policies would rob our children’s future savings and give Big Government tremendous power over our lives. I thought I opposed his reading of Miranda rights to captured terrorists in Afghanistan, his giving $900 million to a Palestinian terrorist regime and his cutting our missile defense shield because I thought those policies would empower our enemies.

But now I understand that my opposition to Obama’s agenda is merely due to my inherent racism. Thank you, President Jimmy Carter, for clearing that up for me.

Scott Abramson

San Mateo

 

Citizens who don’t matter

This letter comes to you from a female, minority San Francisco native who just turned 50 years old.

I want to know how is it that Mayor Gavin Newsom can hire managers for more than $100,000 a year, yet those of us who make less than $50,000 are getting pink slips today.

What does our ambitious mayor, who can’t wait to be governor, think he will gain by making it too expensive for people like me to live here (and my city now kicked me to the curb by ending my employment)? Our hospital union misled the workers and waited until the last minute to watch us get retaliated against for standing up for our positions. I guess people like me do not matter.

L.D. Sargent

San Francisco

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