New moderate board should have mayor pick

San Franciscans voted for moderate candidates and positions on local ballot initiatives during the Nov. 2 election.

Allowing the current “progressive” majority Board of Supervisors to elect an ally to fill the remainder of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s term goes against the will of the voters and will be disastrous for the citizens and businesses of the city.

Newsom should delay being sworn in as lieutenant governor for a few days in order to allow the newly elected supervisors to elect the interim mayor. Whomever the Board of Supervisors elects as interim mayor will have enormous influence over the economy and general well-being of San Francisco that will last well beyond the one-year term.

Howard Epstein, Chairman, San Francisco Republican Party

GOP sows tax confusion

What a classic case of deliberate Republican confusion of a simple issue.

Retaining the reduced tax rates for those making up to $250,000 isn’t just for the “middle class”! Regardless of what Republican politicians claim, the Democrats’ intent to keep the tax rates for taxable income up to $250,000 affects everybody, including those making more.

The so-called “richer” also make the first $250,000 and will be equally affected by the same tax rate as everybody else for up to that limit.

Jorg Aadahl, San Mateo

Edwards was the rock

If there was ever “a woman behind the man,” it was Elizabeth Edwards.

Like a rock she stood behind John Edwards while he contended for the presidency and other high political offices. Shamefully he betrayed her toward the end at a time when she needed him most.

Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach

Poor suffer, rich benefit

Congress convinced lots of poor people to voluntarily give up some of the few things they had to make them even poorer and the rich even richer, so the rich could have more and more and the poor less and less. These are called “taxes” and “profits” and “interest.”

The poor of the world really suffer from the policies of the rich. It’s more than a lack of political will; it’s plain old selfishness and greed, combined with a lack of love or even simple concern for the poor.

The rich are about to reap the cruelties and poverties they themselves have sown amongst the poor, while the meek and the poor shall inherit the earth.

Ted Rudow III, Menlo Park

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