Cluster of dispensaries blights San Francisco neighborhood 

We here in the McCoppin hub area, under the shadow of the freeway ramp on Valencia Street, agree that marijuana should be available to patients who can benefit from it.

We came out in force, however, when the third pot club in a three-block stretch was up for a permit. There was a high school, Head Start, church youth center and a planned elementary school all within those blocks. We were defeated and the third club got its permit.

Since then there has been a murder of a young man coming out of one of the clubs. Neighbors report individuals coming out of the clubs and selling pot in the parking lots under the freeway. The pot clubs are closed-up storefronts that add nothing to the street life of the neighborhood.

McCoppin hub is a living example that clustering pot clubs “can threaten to disrupt the balance of goods and services available in a particular area and can alter a neighborhood’s character.”

We urge The City to remedy this situation.

Lynn Valente
San Francisco

A salute to fallen heroes

The recent downing of an American helicopter in Afghanistan with 22 members of SEAL Team 6 reminds this nation that the liberties and security that each citizen enjoys are not without a price.

Some 70 years ago, Torpedo Squadron 8 sacrificed all but one of its airplane crews to attack  a superior enemy force at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. The only survivor was Ensign George Gay. That sacrifice made possible  a victory which proved to be the turning point of the War in the Pacific.

The men of SEAL Team 6 who perished have joined that pantheon of heroes. May God bless them and those they love.

Mike McAdoo
San Francisco

A few ways to spend less

President Barack Obama gave $600 million last year to the Palestinian Authority, which used these funds to pay the salaries of more than 5,500 terrorists in Israeli prisons.

Earlier this year, Obama also gave $2 billion to Brazil to explore for oil.

If our president is truly looking for ways to cut spending, perhaps he should stop paying the salaries of Palestinian jihadists and stop paying for the exploration of Brazilian oil.

Scott Abramson
San Mateo

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