Recycling center more valuable than a garden

Why, in this economy and with The City running a deficit, does the Recreation and Park Commission want to spend $250,000 for a garden and put approximately 50 people out of work?

This recycling center is convenient for those who live both in the Inner and Outer Sunset. The only other alternative recycling centers are off Third Street and the one on Tunnell Road. (Think of all the gas needed to get there and back). The recycling “trucks” at some of the Safeways do not even pay close to what the regular recycling centers pay for aluminum cans.

Additionally, Kezar Stadium and the Haight Recycling Center are separated from Golden Gate Park by the roadway that runs from Lincoln Way on to Oak Street or in the opposite direction from Fell Street to Lincoln. Even though Rec and Park runs Kezar, I do not consider this stretch of land part of Golden Gate Park.

If any money is spent by Park and Rec it should go towards taking better care of the most western part of Golden Gate Park or other parts of the park that have been neglected because of budget cuts.

Sandra Blue
San Francisco

US losing edge on trade

Until we can get a handle on trade, jobs will continue to decline in the U.S.

Trade needs to be revamped, tariffs need to be put in place, and incentives need to be brought home for American industry. Americans need to build things in America.

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, while well-intentioned, where a sham, because the majority of goods for sale are not made in America. Overseas markets have taken advantage of our inequality in trade for many years, and it has almost destroyed this country.

We have become a nation that can’t wait for the next unemployment check instead of a nation of contributing citizens.

In 1968, a $5,000 Lincoln Continental built in America cost $11,000 in Japan. While serving overseas, I knew that was not right, and I knew one day America would pay a heavy price for this inequality.

Unfortunately, that day has come.

Theodore Carl Soderberg
San Francisco

The truth wins out

One can argue if it was a good or bad thing for America to have its secrets exposed through WikiLeaks. Some say it put lives in danger.

Others might argue that the secrets cost a lot of lives and exposing them saves lives. Both sides have merit but I have to say that in an environment of lies and deceptions it is refreshing to finally hear the truth for a change. I for one would like to hear more truth and I’m looking forward to what else might be revealed in the future. I’m tired of hearing nothing but lies.

Marc Perkel
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