Letters: Give SF a parking break

➤ “Enforcing meters on Sundays raises vital cash for city,” Editorial, Opinion, Wednesday

Give S.F. a parking break

I am not going to argue with your facts and figures related to taking more money from tourists and San Francisco residents from Sunday parking costs and additional citations. I am sure this raises money for The City and for SFpark.

The fact that most San Franciscans enjoy a day without the stress of what to do with their cars, used to commute to work or travel around portions of The City that have less than adequate mass transit, is never considered when discussing this issue. The City gives little to the people that live here and pay for most of the services. San Francisco can give one day where residents can relax and not live in fear of a huge parking fine.

I support Mayor Ed Lee wholeheartedly in his quest to give a little back to city residents.

Bob Anderson

San Francisco

➤ “BART officer fatally shot by colleague,” News, Wednesday

Scale back BART police

As a BART passenger who has more than once wondered why the BART police feel the need to adopt their excessively paramilitary appearance and behavior, I’m confused: Why on earth were BART police gathering evidence at a robbery suspect’s apartment in Dublin?

An even better question is, why on earth are BART police engaging in any weapons-intensive operation anywhere where the sort of friendly fire death that has now occurred is an even remote possibility?

It seems BART police have become overly preoccupied with trying to be more than transit police. The agency quite evidently needs to be reined in, demilitarized and put back to work within the property boundaries of the transit system that employs it.

Riley B. VanDyke

San Francisco

➤ “City water usage below average in parched state,” The City, Tuesday

Start saving water now

There is a drought in the state, and we all can do something about it. Simple ideas such as taking two fewer showers a week, learning how to wash with a sponge and teaching your children to hang their clothes so the washing machine will not work overtime. If and when nature destroys our environment, we will be able to cope better having learned these skills.

Anne Marie Thiry

San Francisco

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