The domestic abuse charges against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi seem to have revived old beliefs that law enforcement officers are more likely to beat their wives or girlfriends than the rest of the population. My husband has been a law enforcement professional for over 35 years. We have a great marriage that includes our fair share of arguments and bickering over nonsensical things. Never did I ever see even the slightest leaning toward violence from that man.
Our social lives involve a number of law enforcement people including sheriff’s deputies, police officers, judges, attorneys and district attorneys. I don’t recall seeing women limping around with bruises, black eyes and split lips. I do not dispute that law enforcement workers are thrust into a world of violence. But many of them handle it with dignity and common decency.
If what Mirkarimi is alleged to have done to his wife and child proves true, he should go down in flames. But we should not generalize all of law enforcement as domestic abusers. Most of them live normal and happy lives that do not include domestic abuse.
Bonnie Radojevich, Foster City
The cartoon Wednesday by Mike Luckovich that compared Gov. Mitt Romney to Bernard Madoff was off the mark. Madoff broke fiduciary trust. Madoff lost investors’ money. Madoff was a fraud. Romney kept fiduciary trust. Romney made money for investors. Romney turned around failing enterprises, including the Salt Lake City Olympics.
George Yang, Menlo Park
Recently, the sidewalks in front of dozens of homes in my neighborhood were marked by a city inspector. Posted notices told us we are responsible for fixing sidewalk cracks. Better still, the sidewalks were seemingly marked at random. Some areas designated for repair had barely visible chips, while other areas — where the sidewalk was practically erupting — were not marked.
We were notified that unless we fix the cracks in 30 days, a lien will be placed against our property.
I was particularly frustrated because, as a wheelchair user, I have been in contact with city departments for nearly two years to try to get a curb cut installed at my street corner. The City hasn’t responded for two years, but I’m supposed to act in 30 days? I suppose I should install the curb cuts too. And maybe I’ll fill the potholes in the street while I’m at it.
Marco Sorani, San Francisco
My friend recently lost his job and his family is now on Social Services (aka food stamps and General Assistance). A problem is that where they live they do not have a working stove, nor do they have a microwave oven. So they cannot just go to the store and buy food to cook.
Do not get me wrong; the Food Stamps Program in California is a wonderful service for low-income people in need. But they need to reinstate restaurants such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, etc. for people like my friend’s family who do not have any way of cooking their food.
There are some restaurants in San Francisco that do accept food stamps, but my friend lives in San Mateo County, where I understand no restaurants will take food stamps. If someone knows I am wrong, I would really like to find out.
Francisco A. Lopez, Redwood City