Letters: Market forces hurting S.F. 

➤ “Shuttles may pay bus-stop fee,” The City, Tuesday

Market forces hurting S.F.

San Francisco is one of the few cities in California that’s gone to great lengths to maintain and keep older homes intact and free of pernicious developers. Sadly, it cannot protect its citizens from the ravages of out-of-control market forces.

Those giant white Google buses were the death knell for the Mission district’s family-friendly environment. Potrero Hill quickly followed after Larry Ellison rifled The City’s coffers for his billion-dollar boat race. Now, Google threatens the whole Bay Area with Google ferries that promise to turn everything they touch into a nasty economic stew of toxic little bubbles.

John Thomas Ellis


➤ “Coalition aims to rally tenants,”

The City, Thursday

Landlords weather attacks

Here we go again. Ted Gullickson of the Tenants Union and his people are attempting to put another nail in San Francisco’s coffin and, at the same time, steal the retirement funds of working people saved through real property investments in their homes or other real estate investments.

For reasons I don’t understand, the so-called tenant advocates don’t believe in the right to own and control private property, or in free markets, things that greatly contributed to the greatness and success of the U.S.

The political war is on. Anything that gets passed will be tied up in the courts for years.

Howard Epstein

San Francisco

Jahi McMath, Around the Bay, Thursday

Sympathy for Jahi’s family

The story of Jahi McMath and Children’s Hospital leaves many unanswered questions. For Jahi’s parents and family, it has been heart-wrenching, and it is a continuing battle to protect Jahi. For Children’s Hospital, it has waged an aggressive campaign to defend itself.

When the patient’s family members asserted their legal rights to access Jahi’s medical records, Children’s Hospital refused to disclose them.


I have noticed many Bay Area residents have displayed a glaringly hostile attitude toward Jahi’s family in comments I have read. Is it because Jahi and her family are black? Is it because they are from Oakland?

We in the Bay Area pride ourselves for our cultural diversity. Let us strive to honor and respect the sanctity of human life. We who live in the city of St. Francis should show Jahi McMath and her family the respect and compassion they deserve.

Anh Le

San Francisco

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