Out-of-control police should concern everyone

“No violation in posting of article on policing,” In My View, March 1
Out-of-control police should concern everyone

Heather Mac Donald’s op-ed “The Myth of Black Lives Matter” that was posted in the Taraval Station is a senseless attempt to excuse the repeated incidents of blacks being killed by white police officers.

Mac Donald’s op-ed says something to the effect that blacks kill other blacks a lot more than racist killer cops kill blacks, and she ridicules the Black Lives Matter campaign for not protesting this issue. However, common sense tells you that black-on-black killings are already presumed to be an act of murder, and, if the perpetrators were ever caught, they would be charged with first-degree murder, convicted by a jury and sentenced to prison. There’s no need to protest when an unjustified and malicious killing is already deemed an act of murder.

On the other hand, more than 90 percent of the police shootings (of both black and whites) are not prosecuted at all, and, in the remainder that do go to trial, the officers wind up being exonerated and flying like a lark. That’s what Black Lives Matter is protesting.

And with a 99 percent acquittal rate in all incidents of the police shooting unarmed civilians, where’s the “war on cops” that Mac Donald refers to? She may be referring to the fact that police departments in U.S. cities are sitting on a smoldering volcano that’s waiting to explode the next time a cop gets by with an unjustifiable shooting.

Furthermore, there is a subtle but ominous message in all these acquittals: “The police can kill you, and they can get by with it.” This reminds me of the police corruption and “death squad” tactics in Mexico, South America and in dictatorships around the world.

Police do an important job that is necessary to preserve law and order. However, they are also an armed militia that can get out of control and evolve into organized crime. That should be the concern of everyone of all ethnic groups

Galen L. Dutch
San Francisco

“Shuttle deal yields progress,” Editorial, Feb. 18
Get rid of commuter shuttles

If there was no shuttle option, perhaps the employees might actually move down the peninsula and live closer to their work instead of commuting? The cities and companies comprising Silicon Valley need to step up and create a more attractive space for their employees so they are comfortable living near their jobs. The employees’ FOMO (fear of missing out) means they instead waste gas by riding on commuter buses to work and create extra emissions when the vehicle is idling in the commute traffic they help nurture.

Mark Zuckerberg should take the lead and move down next to Facebook. Instead, he bought up housing that might have gone to local families. Who knows if people are actually living next door to him now? Hopefully, he’s moving in some family members or even his body guard’s family so the houses don’t stay empty.

How embarrassing to be so rich that you don’t consider that you and your employees are contributing to the gentrification culture and expanding your carbon footprint to extremes simply because you are able to pay someone else to drive you to work.

We live in a city where hundreds of people commute to work every day because we pay a higher minimum wage. Yet these workers cannot afford to live here because the people who ride the commuter buses are choosing to work outside The City.

If places like Facebook and Google were actually concerned about the environment, they would give employees who live within five miles of their worksite/campus a bonus. Instead, they are continuously contributing to pollution and the demise of our planet by running commuter buses.

Sure, it’s better than everyone having a car. But if they took away the commuter buses, those employees wouldn’t be able to find parking in San Francisco anyway.

Angela McAllister
San Francisco

“Muni’s new buses struggle up steep hills,” The City, Feb. 29
New trolleys a solid investment

Our new trolley vehicles climb the hills of San Francisco without difficulty and they perform exactly as required by our contract with the manufacturer. In fact, some of the 60-footers have been in service for nine months, and there have been no incidents related to hill grades. This vehicle type passed every overall test to confirm it can make it up a hill safely.

Our plan has always been to use the 60-foot trolleys on routes that have less than a 10-percent grade, which is why we are also purchasing 40-foot trolleys to be used on steeper grades. Since the new 60-foot trolleys have rolled into service, mechanical reliability for this fleet has increased by 61 percent, and these new, state-of-the-art vehicles are easier to maintain, more energy efficient and have much better off-wire range.

Most importantly, the new trolleys are making a noticeable difference in both customer experience and reliability, and they look great on the street! They represent exactly the kind of investment we should be making to improve transit in San Francisco.

Ed Reiskin
Director of Transportation
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

“Republican clown car is no joke,” In My View, Feb. 18
Ammiano shows no respect

What an exercise in arrogance and disrespect Tom Ammiano demonstrated in his article. Any one of the Republican candidates could be supported and then elected president by half of the nation. So instead of calling them names and demeaning them, Mr. Ammiano should turn his attention to conditions in the his own city: The corruption and criminality even in high places, problems with the San Francisco Police Department, homelessness, crime and protection of illegal criminals instead of victims that all exists under an exclusively Democratic government.

Just Google “the worst cities to live in.” Few are governed by Republicans. The primary focus of the Democratic Party should be on improving the scandalous conditions in San Francisco not on the “nuts and bolts of politics: voter registration and election turnout.”

The low voter turnout should send Mr. Ammiano a message that voters are giving up on the possibility of replacing the current set of leaders.

Dennis Vernak
San Mateo

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