Slashing bus service is a no-win for students

News that the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education has voted to slash school-bus service, saving the district $1.9 million annually, is a bittersweet victory for the school children in The City.

It was, after all, the SFUSD that instituted the busing program that all but eliminated neighborhood schools and created a costly, polluting and traffic-congesting travesty in the name improving the schools under the failed 1983 consent decree.
Now that the district has rediscovered the benefits of a neighborhood schools system that it broke in the first place, kids who had been bused across town to schools are now left with the distressing reality of finding alternate ways to school or going back to their neighborhood schools.

Ironically, if the $1.9 million per year had been spent on improving neighborhood schools since the inception of the Consent Decree, they would have all been improved by now.

Matt Mitguard
San Francisco

Vick doesn’t deserve a dog

Michael Vick has said he would like to own a dog again.

But after his gross maltreatment of dogs, which included many being used for vicious, cruel and barbaric dogfighting, he has forfeited his right ever to own one again.

Vick clearly doesn’t deserve a dog, now and forevermore.

Kenneth L. Zimmerman
Huntington Beach

McDonald’s not the issue

I can’t think of anything more pathetic than to sue McDonald’s over the toy in a Happy Meal.

I remember growing up and getting my Happy Meals. For me and my brother, it was a treat — except for when I got salmonella poisoning, but that was a different surprise.

Parents need to take more responsibility and realize that McDonald’s is not the problem. And the fact that McDonald’s is exploiting children could be said about all toymakers. Let’s put a ban on all toymakers!

The simple fact is that the parents need to be responsible for what their children eat. So what if they throw a hissy fit because they want a happy meal every time they see the golden arches. It’s most probably because of bad upbringing.

I do have to commend Sacramento mother Monet Parham for not asking for money, but it is still a crazy notion. This is America, a free nation that is slowly losing freedom. We need to fight to protect our rights from these blood-sucking lawyers and ridiculous soccer moms! No matter how frivolous they may be.

If they can get away with this, then what will be next?

Adrien Dion
San Francisco

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