courtesy RenderingTwo ballot measures on the 8 Washington St. project have ignited a firestorm.

courtesy RenderingTwo ballot measures on the 8 Washington St. project have ignited a firestorm.

Voting rights are key to King's legacy

More than 300 sites ring bells for MLK speech,” News, Thursday

Voting rights are key to King's legacy

In commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech last week, our nation should now address the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in June to invalidate a significant part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The court's ruling is a serious setback for the civil rights of all Americans that King fought for.

It is sad that the court's decision could be used to change the election laws in nine Southern states, including states where little black girls were killed in church bombings, black men were lynched, black people were murdered for fighting for civil rights and where black people had been denied an education and the right to vote.

U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, has called for Congress to rectify the court's ruling legislatively with a bill, which if passed could be named the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Lewis, who was nearly beaten to death during a civil-rights march in the 1960s and who stood with King when he delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech, now serves as a congressman from Georgia.

Anh Le,

San Francisco

Bay Area bike-sharing venture rolls out Thursday,” The City, Aug. 27

Bike-share isn't enough

It's great that San Francisco is joining the many cities that have a bike-sharing program. But in order to be successful like New York, Washington and Montreal, we need to follow in their footsteps and add a lot more bike stations and fully separated bike lanes.

Only when there is always a bike nearby and always a safe way to get to your destination will Bay Area Bike Share be widely used.

Elliot Schwartz,

San Francisco

Conflict in Syria

Obama just saving face

Only a few short years ago, then-Sen. Barack Obama insisted that then-President George W. Bush was a war criminal for attacking Iraq. Then-Sen. John Kerry was equally adamant against the Bush administration's actions. They both claimed the intelligence information that Bush acted on was faulty. They also claimed the CIA was incompetent and unreliable.

Now, President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry believe the same intelligence sources and feel compelled to do a military strike. The military strike has the potential to destabilize the whole region, drawing us into all-out war. What has changed? Is this a true emergency or a face-saving device for the president?

Keith C. De Filippis,

San Jose

High school launches truancy intervention,” The City, Wednesday

Reach out to dropouts

Preventing and reducing truancy is a necessary first step for high-risk youths who face poverty and the trauma of violent crime every day. Too often they are treated as “throwaway” youths with no follow-up if they drop out of school.

The next steps for District Attorney George Gascón, the San Francisco Unified School District, and parents and teachers should be a feasibility study on creating a “recovery high school” in San Francisco for these truant and dropout students. Most of these dropout students started their substance use at the age of 12 or 13. A recovery high school can be a physically separate school or a separate program within a high school.

San Francisco owes its high-risk students an opportunity to recover from abuse and addiction and the trauma of everyday violence.

Fiona McGregor,

San Francisco

letters to the editorOpinion

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at

Just Posted

Cities including San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley are calling for large grocery and drug store chains to pay employees hazard pay for working during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Shutterstock)
SF proposes $5 hazard pay law for grocery, drug store workers

San Francisco may soon join the growing number of cities requiring large… Continue reading

Hikers walk along a closed stretch of Twin Peaks Boulevard on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA board to vote on future of Twin Peaks Boulevard

The proposal would keep Burnett Avenue gate closed to vehicles, open Portola Drive

Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Klein collects crayons from students in the classroom at Lupine Hill Elementary School on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 in Calabasas, California. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Newsom, legislators strike deal to reopen California schools

Taryn Luna and John Myers Los Angeles Times Gov. Gavin Newsom and… Continue reading

A sign about proposed development of the bluff at Thornton State Beach in Daly City on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Retreat center proposed at popular state beach

Daly City residents oppose construction on ocean bluffs

City supervisors are calling for an expansion of free summer programs for elementary age kids. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisors urge city to provide free summer programs for all SFUSD students

San Francisco supervisors on Monday announced a proposal to expand summer programs… Continue reading

Most Read