Axing free Muni plan protects taxpayers 

After reading your editorial (“Free Muni plan’s defeat a setback for youths, city,” Monday), I was somewhat confused. Is it accurate to say that someone who did not earn a benefit (and who therefore had no right to it) is calling shame on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for saying “no”?

I suppose the next thing we’ll see is that those who are managing taxpayer funds will be labeled “greedy,” and those who demanded money they didn’t earn will be called “victims.” Personally, I think it should be the other way around.

I’m as charitable as the next guy, but I refuse to blindly go along with someone else’s plan to use my money. MTC officials have a responsibility to wisely use the funds they have for the benefit of the Bay Area, not for San Francisco alone. Sorry about the kids who have to find another way to get to school. I wonder, have they ever thought about demanding service from the local limousine company or from the local taxi companies? Since they apparently believe they have some “right” to the funds of others, I suppose they could (in their collective minds) legitimately demand that their vehicle-owning neighbors give them rides to their schools.

The MTC made the right call.

Paul Higby



Real facts on gun control

Regarding Sunday’s letter (“Colorado massacre highlights gun issues”), Switzerland has never issued “machine guns” for its citizens after they complete their mandatory military service. Rather, they are issued one semi-automatic rifle and one semi-automatic pistol. In 2007, Switzerland passed a law limiting the amount of ammunition citizens could have to practically nil. By March 2011, more than 99 percent of the ammo requested to be returned to the government had been received. Only special rapid-deployment units and the military police still have ammunition stored at home today.

At some point, we have to draw the line between allowing people to safely and sanely protect their families and homes, and allowing virtually anyone to wander the streets packing heat. This isn’t the 1880s. All freedoms have their limits.

If it is our right to bear arms, why shouldn’t we be allowed to own weapons-grade uranium? Or shoulder-fired missiles? The Founding Fathers to whom the letter writer referred couldn’t have imagined today’s AK-47s and Glocks with 30- and 100-round clips. They lived in an era when it took several minutes to load their Revolutionary War muskets. The Constitution originally allowed for slavery, and disallowed women the right to vote. Lots has changed since the 1700s, and there’s no need to think we can’t adapt with the times, unless we want to continue being the laughingstock of the civilized world.

Jonas Kessler
San Francisco


Moderate good for DCCC

The election of a moderate Chinese-American leader, Mary Jung, to the Democratic County Central Committee heralds the political coming of age for Chinese-American voters (“Moderate picked to lead S.F. Democrats,” Monday).

For far too long, political life in San Francisco was characterized by foul-mouthed clowns such as Chris Daly. The City was constrained by progressives bound by their ideology, no matter what the evidence to the contrary was.

Think of ranked-choice voting, if you want an example of progressive ideology without evidence of benefit.

The intellectual poverty of city progressives will have to change if they are to emerge as a beneficial political force in the future. It’s political karma and changing demographics.

Fiona McGregor
San Francisco

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