Pointless military policy is finally overturned

After a historic Senate vote, the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military, which banned gay men and lesbians from openly serving, has finally been overturned after a 17-year battle.

Now, valiant gay and lesbian soldiers can serve openly and proudly in the military alongside their straight comrades.

I never could figure out what sexual orientation had to do with competency, patriotism, courage and valor anyway, especially at a time when the military was having a shortage of soldiers.

Kenneth L. Zimmerman
Hungtington Beach

Throw reason out the door

I’m inclined to agree with Ken Garcia when he states that our once-fantastic
metropolis has been to reduced to hillbilly rent-seeking, traffic-infraction style (although Mr. Garcia didn’t put it quite that way).

Got a parking ticket on the scooter. Didn’t feed the meter. Didn’t have to. The car in the space beat me to it.

My mistake was believing that the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency would allow that I was sharing a meter and was not encroaching into the empty space behind, one that had an expired meter. Ha, ha, ha — fool.

No luck with the protest. My explanation concluded: “With a million free places to park a scooter, why would my story not ring true?”

Silly me, kleptocrats are not interested in truth or reason.

Paul Burton
San Francisco

More congestion ahead

Metropolitan Transportation Commission spokesman John Goodman is quoted in Wednesday’s San Francisco Examiner as blaming Bay Area commute agonies on a lack of state funding and as stating that MTC’s high-occupancy toll lane program will help alleviate congestion. The first statement is misleading; the second is just wrong.

During the past 35 years, an enormous amount of state and federal transportation money has passed through the MTC. Instead of sorting out how best to use those funds, the MTC has long preferred to broker deals among local political jurisdictions. The result has been a series of politically expedient, parochial projects that fail to address regional congestion.   

Goodwin goes on to proclaim that HOT lanes (for those able to pay) will ease congestion. Unfortunately the MTC’s HOT-lane program adds more than 300 lane miles of new freeway, thereby encouraging more driving, not less driving. For dozens of Bay Area towns and cities, this translates into more congestion, not less congestion.

Gerald Cauthen
Oakland

What the GOP wants

Congratulations, Mr. President, on your new partnership with Sen. Mitch McConnell. You have finally achieved the bipartisanship you have dreamed of.

Turns out you are the change the Republicans have been waiting for.

Michael Zonta
San Francisco

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