Economic realities in S.F. 

➤ “San Francisco at 1 million” series, The City Increased economic activity does not by itself translate into increased quality of life. That understanding, or the apparent lack of it, is at the center of the current tensions between old and new San Francisco.

Until relatively recently, San Francisco remained unique among American cities in its recognition that financial wealth might be an adjunct to a successful life but never the centerpiece of it. Yes, there have always been wealthy San Franciscans, but The City’s most celebrated residents are remembered for what they did rather than what they bought.

Increased economic activity is one thing, cultural and topographic strip-mining is another. Many long-term San Franciscans are less worried about new residents and new businesses per se, and more concerned that the newcomers are unwilling or unable to view themselves or others as anything more worthwhile than “consumers.”

Riley B VanDyke

San Francisco

➤ “Behind the scenes of fight over girl’s life,” Features, Thursday

Lawyer not objective

I know Christopher Dolan is a contributor to your paper, but his piece on his representation of Jahi McGrath’s family was perhaps the most self-serving puff piece I have ever read in my years of reading newspapers.

I am sure he has his clients’ best interest deep at heart, but please relegate at least some of his advertising to the huge flat panel display that shines “Big Brother” style out from his office onto the denizens of Market Street.

Prescott Stone San Francisco

➤ “Keep the newcomers out,” Opinion, From Readers, Friday

San Francisco is open to all

I found the letter to the editor about keeping newcomers out of San Francisco to be one of the most naïve and asinine letters I have seen in some time. The writer basically advocates pulling up the drawbridge and not letting anyone else in San Francisco. People are going to come to San Francisco whether we build the housing or not.

The 1906 earthquake, two World Wars, the Great Depression and the 1989 earthquake didn’t stop growth, so unless the letter writer plans on building a Berlin Wall-type structure to keep people out, he should wise up and look for real solutions to problems instead of sticking his head in the sand by making nonsensical proposals that have no basis in reality.

E.F. Sullivan

San Francisco

➤ “Cup considers 2017 Bay encore,” The City, Dec. 23

Ellison should pay Cup bill

I can’t imagine why Mayor Ed Lee would even consider having the America’s Cup come back to San Francisco again.

What a disaster. It was a poorly attended, elitist event that ended up costing the taxpayers of San Francisco millions of dollars. Our public schools and teachers need this money, to name just one in thousands that deserve it more than the America’s Cup did.

If Larry Ellison would pay off the debt incurred this year and sponsor the next one, well then I say go for it, Ellison and Lee.

Karen Anderson San Francisco

➤ Thoughts for the new year

We have it good, really good

Our forefathers did without sugar until the 13th century; without coal fires until the 14th century; without buttered bread until the 15th century; without potatoes until the 16th century; without coffee and tea until the 17th century; without pudding until the 18th century; without matches and electricity until the 19th century; and without canned goods until the 20th century.

Now, what was it we were complaining about?

Ted Rudow III

Palo Alto

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