➤ “Shelter changes policy on check-ins,” The City, March 6
Shelter change is not enough
As a social-work student and previous case manager with homeless families in San Francisco, I was encouraged to read the stability of children taken seriously.
Bevan Dufty stated in the article, “The City shouldn't be in the position of forcing a parent to choose between shelter and school.” I agree and will add that The City shouldn't be in the position of forcing a parent to choose between employment and shelter.
Jennifer Friedenbach, the director of the Coalition on Homelessness, provided the statistic that 75 percent of homeless families are single-parent families. If parents are homeless due to economic hardships, would it not be beneficial to provide parents with alternatives to emergency bed reservations so they are able to work full-time hours or attend necessary educational enrichment? I strongly advocate for additional family shelter reservation policies in order for parents to gain necessary economic stability for their family.
➤ “Enough with the damn cocktail bars already,” The City, March 5
The City's bar culture is slowly dying
Thanks for the column on cocktail lounges in The City. Fair, well-written, entertaining and it needed to be said. Unbelievable that the 21 Club is closing. Frankie at the 21 is a legend and irreplaceable.
➤ “City aims for 100% graduation,” The City, March 5
UniteSF is a sham that benefits elite
The Chamber of Commerce's Orwellian-named UniteSF is but another attempt by our elites to control our schools. Never mind that tech and other corporations do not pay their fair share of taxes (a deficiency they cover up with their fetishized, self-advantaging donations), and never mind that the children of these wealthy elites universally attend pricey private academies. The goal here is to control education for their own profit and get free promotion at public expense.
Instead, we should increase corporate taxes for education and let qualified teachers (as opposed to plutocrats) educate our children. Teachers, as opposed to beholden bean-counting bureaucrats, need to lead the way.
Harry S. Pariser
➤ “Parts of law may be reversed,” The City, March 2
Proposition 47 is not working properly
Spare the rod and spoil the child, or one bad apple in the basket will spoil them all, is just as true today as ever before. And it applies to Proposition 47. Let's hope that parts of the law will be reversed to prevent the unintended consequences.
It is the law-abiding person that needs to be protected from the law-breaking needy individuals. It is all about our liberty, and we are not cutting off a hand or poking out an eye.