Muni funding priorities appear out of whack

The best and the brightest of government have hatched deliberate plans, that is, collapsing infrastructure and service cuts for the Muni system while massive funding is poured into the 1.7-mile Central Subway.

Never mind Muni’s projected $24 million deficit in the current fiscal year. Or The City’s $400 million budget deficit in fiscal year 2011-12. Or the multiyear budget deficits to follow.

Maybe Muni riders won’t notice the system meltdowns, due to $2 billion in deferred investments. Or the $663 million structural deficit in fleet needs — including $102 million for historic streetcar rehabilitation, $12 million for cable car upkeep and $116 million for the replacement of 105 old trolleys and motorbuses.

Muni riders don’t mind if $600 million of state and local funds are taken from higher-priority needs. After all, in eight years, a Central Subway ribbon-cutting would decrease transit levels of service for tens of thousands of riders.

Howard Wong, San Francisco

Air travel seems unsafe

The dialog between pilots and the TSA regarding the X-rays received at flight and the terminal screening stations, plus the Wi-Fi provisions aboard flights (SFO was slated to fill skies with a permanent Wi-Fi provider Nov. 21) has me thinking that air travel is no longer a safe option. So it was with the pilots, and the TSA has taken them off the required screening to board and fly the planes.

But I wonder why passengers are not given protective-lead skullcaps and groin aprons when entering the X-ray screening machines and when traveling within the airplane, as is done in the doctor and dental X-ray offices. Also, because glass has greater transparency to the rays entering the airplane than does the metal plane’s exterior, why are the windows not covered with the metal screens one finds on the home microwave-oven windows?

Perhaps if air travel where not an option to many more Americans, our sky would be clear again like it was on Sept. 12, 2001, when all airplane flights across the country were canceled.

Frank Norton, San Francisco

Puzzling Vatican policy

The Vatican’s new policy regarding condoms makes no sense at all.

Apparently it is now acceptable, according to the Vatican, for male prostitutes to use them, but not heterosexual men and women.

I don’t think the Vatican really understands science at all. AIDS and other infectious sexual diseases can be transmitted by heterosexual men and women, not just gay people.

So in effect, by his new policy on condoms, the pope is protecting high-risk gay men, but not the rest of us — which is rather puzzling, to say the least.

Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach

When panic sets in

Think of Earth as a crowded elevator. Any or all passengers may carry weapons. Should one passenger start firing a deadly weapon, chances are other passengers in the elevator (Earth) will shoot back in panicky self-defense until everyone in the elevator (Earth) is dead. Who knew?

Al Ujcic, San Francisco

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Homeless swept from Polk Street alley despite lack of shelter beds

On one of the first rainy days of the fall season, San… Continue reading

SF prosecutors ‘step aside’ as federal case moves to trial in Kate Steinle shooting

A years-long legal battle that garnered the attention of President Donald Trump… Continue reading

Rooftop park the latest point of conflict between Muni and Central Subway contractor

Bills, bills, bills. They’re a common household headache, but on the $1.6… Continue reading

New skyscraper to rise in city’s skyline

A proposed 800-foot tower could soon rise in downtown San Francisco’s rapidly… Continue reading

Kamala Harris drops out of presidential race

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris suspended her presidential run Tuesday, according to two… Continue reading

Most Read