Muni employees have other benefits

“SFMTA workers struggle to meed basic needs,” The City, Dec. 28
Muni employees have other benefits

If everybody got all the pay from their job(s) that they needed to cover their present living expenses, they would mostly all be in the same situation as the Muni drivers say they are in. As it is, a Muni driver being a city government job typically pays more in wages, medical and retirement benefits and time off than similar worker in private industry. Look at the pay and benefits for the Uber drivers.

It has been shown that government jobs typically pay up some 70 percent more that similar private industry jobs when benefits are factored in.

Regarding the Muni driver who had three jobs to provide for his family, I remember back during days of President Bill Clinton, who said that he had created millions of new jobs. There was a cartoon in one of the newspapers showing a worker saying that he had six of them.

What is wonderful about San Francisco is that everyone wants to live and work here. However, The City says that it never collects sufficient taxes to provide all of the services that the public wants and expects.

Frank Norton
San Francisco

“The Cranky Jew Holiday Report,” The City, Dec. 27
Solstice is no punchline

I don’t know if Nato Green was joking in his Sunday column when he described the salutation Happy Solstice as (whenever that is, not a real thing.) He could have mentioned its timing as (five days ago), just as he mentioned the timing in parentheses for the other seasonal holidays he saluted.

If he wasn’t joking, he has historical and present-day amnesia, as the winter solstice is celebrated throughout the world and has been for millenia! It is the key event of the season, marking the turning of the year.

For example, last week, 5,000 people gathered at Stonehenge in England for the annual witnessing of the winter solstice sunrise. One of the places I find most interesting worldwide is the 5,000-year-old stone age mound at New Grange in County Meath, Ireland, which contains a 60-foot-long corridor that the winter solstice sun lights up briefly.

I myself enjoy spending the winter solstice night outside, experiencing the evening, the cold, the lights just as they are without needing to change anything about it. I find it a restful, introspective time before spring growth and warmth starts again.

Robin Krop
San Francisco

“America, don’t make the same mistake again,” In My View, Dec. 22
Adachi embodies problem

Jeff Adachi’s Op-Ed sounds like President Obama’s refusal to call Islamic terrorism what it is. Adachi’s assertion that, “Yesterday, it was Pearl Harbor. Today it is terrorism,” is a legally unsound proposition.

Adachi speaks simplistically against “abandoning our national values of due process.” Interned Japanese-Americans were citizens entitled to due process. Would-be immigrants from societies that hate America require intense scrutiny when our safety is at risk. Due process doesn’t even apply to people not governed by our Constitution.

Our government shows a shocking disregard for our safety. John Kerry’s badly flawed nuclear “understanding” with the Islamic Republic of Iran is being blatantly violated by Iran. Yet Kerry promises he’ll move heaven and earth to lift all sanctions, regardless.

Apparently, our own government doesn’t care much about due process if it’s politically inconvenient, especially when it comes to dealing with Islamic terror.

Desmond Tuck
San Mateo

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