Dog owners should remember courtesy 

I take issue with the Dog Owners Group letter in Friday’s San Francisco Examiner, and particularly the reference to “divisive rhetoric.” There is a lot of anger brewing in this city over the behavior of dog owners in our shared public spaces.

When asking many dog owners to act with “common courtesy” — such as picking up after their dogs, leashing them in areas where they are supposed to be leashed or controlling their pets — many of us find ourselves on the receiving end of nasty, vitriolic verbal attacks. And that is more the rule than the exception.

And then I have to read about letter writers’ feelings being hurt because dog owners are being vilified. Enough is enough. There is plenty of “divisive rhetoric” on both sides of this issue.

Chris Apicella
San Francisco

Praise for SF Examiner

The San Francisco Examiner is by far and away the best local newspaper in the Bay Area. As an old Hearst Examiner subscriber who still has my notice from when the old paper closed down about a decade ago, let me tell anyone who will listen: The San Jose Mercury News and Oakland Tribune have been poor substitutes.

I am someone who subscribes to the Wall Street Journal and to the S.J. Mercury for California news, and I am asking you to please extend your distribution or subscription availability to Oakland. Your website is all right, but I would much prefer to have the full newspaper.

Jim Gillett

Better uses of war funds

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reported that world military expenditures average between $900 billion and $1 trillion a year. The $1 trillion figure would mean that an astronomical $2 million are spent worldwide on the military every minute — and U.S. military spending accounts for 42 percent of this.

A $30 billion, 10-year plan to provide clean water to the poor of the developing world would cost just 10 days of military spending. Eighteen days of military spending yearly could eradicate malnutrition worldwide. Experts believe that $200 million, or about three hours of military spending, could wipe out the diseases of diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, measles and polio, which together kill 4 million children every year.

Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower highlighted the wanton waste of war when he declared: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. … Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. ... Is there no other way the world may live?”

Ted Rudow III
Palo Alto

GOP forgets about Bush

In all the debates and all the interviews of all the Republican candidates running for president, I have not yet heard a single question about former President George W. Bush. After all, he’s the one who got America into the mess we are in, so I would think the Bush presidency should be discussed.

I’d like to ask the candidates how they would compare and contrast their policies with those of the Bush administration. From what I see, if we vote for any of them, they’re just going to do the same.

Marc Perkel

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