The City’s ranking misses major factors

San Francisco was named the top place to live in the U.S. by Businessweek.com (Newsmakers, Thursday), but only entertainment and the strong economy were factors in the ranking.

Considering San Francisco as the top place to live — a sanctuary city, a city with about a $39 million budget shortfall, a county of some 47 square miles with the sheriff suspended, with the tsunami bringing radioactive material to the beaches of a peninsula surrounded by water on three sides, and with approaching tax increases from state and local measures on the November ballot, San Franciscans have little to crow about.

Perhaps it is not the quality of schools, the safety and condition of streets, the number of homeless that counts, but merely the entertainment and economy for the few who really matter.

One has to wonder why so many people and businesses are leaving The City for greener pastures.

Frank Norton

San Francisco

Bag ordinance has a flaw

I saw a flier at my neighborhood Trader Joe’s grocery store about the new paper bag ordinance that will take effect Monday. Grocery shoppers will be charged 10 cents for each paper bag. Customers are encouraged to bring their own recyclable bags.

The purpose of this legislation is to reduce the impact of disposable bags on The City and the environment. This legislation helps reduce unnecessary waste, contamination in recycling and composting programs, and litter — all of which are costly to the taxpayers of San Francisco, as well as harmful to marine life.

There is one part of the ordinance that I strongly disagree with: Customers using an EBT or food-stamp card are exempt from the fee.

The message conveyed by this exemption is downright condescending and patronizing to economically poor people. The message is: You are incapable of grasping the issue of the global warming crisis we all face.

If the reason for the exemption was based on the concern of affordability for poor folks, my modest proposal is let’s offer each poor shopper a free reusable bag.

Anh Le

San Francisco

No tolerance for abuse

It was a horror that I read the accounts of the child porn that Larry Brinkin allegedly sent via email (“Brinkin denies child porn claim,” Thursday).

The very idea of men raping toddlers is so abhorrent to human decency that it is literally unbelievable. The idea of them filming it and selling it is beyond belief, but unfortunately true in our civilization that people can cease to be human and become destructive predatory creatures on the helpless.

If convicted, please put Brinkin in a solitary cell for the rest of his life and drop the key in the sea somewhere around the Farallones.

Dennis Negley

San Francisco

Not voting for Buster

My father, still living, watched Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig play at Yankee Stadium. He’s seen a lot and agrees with me: As of today, Ryan Braun is the NL MVP.  

There should be no grudge from last year because that would be infantile. And yet, with all the pressure on his back he has succeeded. Others would have wilted.

I have heard that Buster Posey is the main competitor. Nonsense! Braun matches or beats Posey in eight of the top 11 statistics.

Vote Ryan Braun NL MVP!

John Geertsen

Wauwatosa, Wis.

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