So according to the editorial “The trash police” (Dec. 7), the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to begin audits of buildings that generate a large amount of waste. How about doing the same kind of audits of city streets, many of which are teeming with trash? And hiring extra sanitation workers to focus on cleaning up those streets? Mayor London Breed’s “zero waste” pledge should cover the refuse both inside and outside of city buildings.
Charles Carrington , San Francisco
Steps toward making American great
Sometime in 2019, Donald Trump, Mike Pence and the rest of the treasonous GOP cabal that are behind this conspiracy are going to go down hard. Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, will become the first female president of the United States and we will then begin our long journey toward making America great. Maybe a New Green Deal. It is a possible scenario.
Charles Rossmann, Modesto
Death Row inmates cheat executioner
I couldn’t help but notice the irony in the Dec. 6 article “Mystery fatalities afflict Death Row” (Page One). Four inmates died possibly at their own hands or of other causes having cheated the executioner of his victims. This seems to be a crisis of the prison system because it denies the state its asserted monopoly on killing. We do live in the Dark Ages.
William Klinke, Berkeley
Wisconsin underscores rigged system
One of the few Donald Trump truths on the campaign trail was, “The system is rigged.” He neglected to mention that it’s rigged for Republicans.
It’s rigged four ways: the Electoral College, gerrymandering, voter suppression and now a new gimmick: scorched earth. Wisconsin is the latest poster child, and we should all be paying attention. Having lost the election, the governor and the attorney general are eviscerating their positions’ powers to weaken the Democratic victors when they take over, denying the will of the voters and placing party politics above all else.
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Shame on you, Scott Walker and your corrupt cronies. Let us make sure the rest of the country does not follow Wisconsin’s scorched earth.
Dan Keller, Oakland
Unkept promises on state’s pensions
In “Pensions are promises California must keep” (Open Forum, Dec. 4), Dave Low stresses the basic principle that “a promise made is a promise kept.” Well, these extraordinary public pension benefits in California didn’t arise out of thin air. They were passed by the state Legislature and granted by voters by ballot throughout the state in the late 1990s, early 2000s.
There was one consistent claim in all of these measures organized and promulgated by the state’s public employee unions; and that is that these new pension benefits would be paid for by investment returns and would not cost taxpayers a cent. What about that promise?
C.J. Keane, Redwood City
Dignified option for clearing out camp
Clearing out Dignity Village Camp in Oakland based upon it being a nuisance for nearby residents is such a lame excuse for this kind of action by the city. Given the intent of this encampment to be organized, drug-free, alcohol-free and safe for women and children, the city easily could have made an exception for this particular camp and used it as a model for other encampments to follow.
There are successful models for this kind of collaboration among city governments on the West Coast and homeless organizations that manage such encampments of sometimes up to 100 people on any given site. Personally, I don’t like the idea of tent cities becoming the norm for our society. Until we can come up with better and more sustainable solutions to address this crisis of homelessness, however, the city could find more constructive ways of collaborating with well-organized camps such as Dignity Village.
Ron Moe-Lobeda, Richmond