It was with a sad heart that I read that the USS Iowa was being towed out of the Bay Area to Los Angeles. My late father, a Pacific combat veteran in WWII, always told me that every Pacific Theater sailor looked forward to the welcoming arms of the Golden Gate as they sailed home. San Francisco’s relationship with the United States Navy began in 1846 when the USS Portsmouth sailed into the Bay. That event is marked by Portsmouth Square and Montgomery Street.
It is a sad commentary on the present day that in July 2005, the so-called progressives controlling the Board of Supervisors rebuffed an opportunity to have the USS Iowa docked in San Francisco as a memorial to the Greatest Generation — the generation that turned back fascism and Soviet communism.
Mike McAdoo, San Francisco
Enough parking tickets
I read your editorial Monday about The City’s holiday parking fees. My main question is, what do we, the people, do about it? And how was the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency ignorant enough to get in the hole? Where does the current money go? Who monitors all this city spending?
San Francisco is ridiculous with its fees on everything. We need to do something. Not only should we park for free on all national holidays, but those ridiculous ticket fines need to decrease and less tickets should be given.
Tony Ortiz, San Francisco
Lee no longer right choice
As a Republican, I must take issue with my good friend Mike DeNunzio’s letter recommending Ed Lee for mayor because he is electable. True, the man showed great skill and pragmatism during his “temporary fill-in” stint as mayor. But the avowedly “apolitical” Lee went back on the deal he accepted in order to be appointed to the “temporary” job. He was effective because he was purportedly not a typical politician. Having proven himself otherwise, he will no longer be effective as mayor. Far better to elect a Jeff Adachi or Dennis Herrera or Tony Hall or David Chiu.
Phil Page, San Francisco
In the ranked-choice voting race for San Francisco mayor, where the first-round leader may not be likely to get 51 percent of the vote, your ballot can get you two votes in the second round. Make your first choice one of the bottom candidates, and use your second and third choices for your preferred candidates.
The way it works is that when the bottom-rung candidates are eliminated after the first round of counting, your second and third choices are distributed to the remaining top vote-getters.
Michael Phillips, San Francisco