I must disagree with the Nov. 20 letter presenting a sympathetic portrait of the participants in the Occupy San Francisco encampment. I believe the writer’s picture of youths who went to college but cannot find jobs is only part of the picture. What were their majors? If they were in liberal arts, then that is part of the reason for their not having jobs. In effect, they are unemployable.
In addition, their plight reflects a deeper defect within the California educational system. Half of the students who enter the California State University system need to take remedial courses. In effect, their high school diplomas are as useless as their liberal arts degrees.
A student should be able to enter the workforce with a high school diploma, having mastered the linguistic and mathematical skills necessary to begin participation as a productive employee.
Mike McAdoo, San Francisco
Central Subway mistake
Backing the Central Subway is either a matter of blind faith or just blindness. Why is a supposedly progressive Board of Supervisors rallying behind the very badly flawed Central Subway project? As a Nov. 21 letter-writer asked, who will take responsibility when the bill comes due for maintenance of the system after construction is completed?
Supervisor and failed mayoral candidate John Avalos, the putative progressive, needs to tell us why he supported the Central Subway and what he hoped to gain politically for his support.
Denise D’Anne, San Francisco
Charge 1 cent for parking
The recent proposal by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to charge merchants $1,000 for each free off-street customer parking spot can be easily avoided. The parking spot owners can simply charge customers 1 cent to park there. Now the parking spot is not free and will be exempt from the $1,000 fee.
Gary LaRochelle, San Francisco
In the corporate world they form committees to address issues that management wants to avoid. This gives the appearance of doing something. The committee has meetings and generates minutes to document the meetings and actions. In the end the issue goes away and everyone is happy.
The “supercommittee” was even more insidious. Not only was it designed to fail, its goal was actually not to cut the size of the debt. It was only supposed to slow the growth of the debt. But they couldn’t even do that.
Keith C. De Filippis, San Jose