Losing faith in humanity, 1 parking meter at a time

As a 14-year senior citizen, I am loosing faith in our government, the balance between the three branches of government, the actions of the judicial system to protect the Constitution, the military to win wars, and the all the broken parking meters (“Time runs out on meter perk,” Monday) and whether a free parking space can be found in
San Francisco.

After all these years, I found that my heroes do not include politicians, actors, divorcees, bums, the homeless, criminals, drug addicts, drunks, religious fanatics and parking meter ticketing ­officers.

Now you may think that I have lost my sense of judgment because of these feelings, but how about the rest of the world?

Frank Norton , San Francisco

Questions for the GOP


The question is not, “How much government health care do we want?” Rather, we ask, “Should government be responsible for our health care?”

The question is not, “How much should the ‘rich’ be forced to surrender?” But rather, “What constitutes property rights?”

We ask not, “How much ‘freedom’ do we allow in abortion?” Instead, we ask, “What is our guardianship responsibility toward life itself?”

“How few guns to make us safe?” becomes, “What is our individual responsibility to protect and defend for the good?”

The GOP will return to principle in these and other cases, or the GOP will cease to exist as the party of conservatives.

Paul Burton, San Francisco

Just now noticing

I think it is a joke that the International Criminal Court is investigating North Korea now for war crimes after some recent incidents involving South Korea.

Where has the ICC been all the years North Korea has starved to death millions of its own people, tortured scores of people, shot off missiles at other countries unprovoked, illegally developed nuclear weapons, and kept countless people, including from other countries, illegally as prisoners?


Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach

Time to pay for leaks

It really takes a bold individual to praise WikiLeaks. The fact is that they are giving out country secrets so that everybody in the world can see them. It’s like giving out the password to your personal ­information.

Julian Assange should be locked away for the rest of his life, and so should anybody who has helped him. Letter writer Kenneth L. Zimmerman obviously hasn’t thought this through. Do you really think giving out secrets will help the country?

So what if you don’t know the inner workings of the government. Sometimes it gets nasty, and it doesn’t need to be publicized. These are military and diplomatic secrets!

I would even go so far as to call for President Barack Obama’s resignation if he doesn’t go after WikiLeaks because he would be accepting of what they are doing. Imagine if there was WikiLeaks during the Cold War!

Who knows where we would be?

Adrien Dion, San Francisco

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