City already has plenty of money for roads 

It is height of absurdity that San Francisco, a city with a $7 billion budget (bigger then that of 20 states) can’t maintain its roads within its existing general fund and is instead asking the voters to pass a bond measure to pay for it.

It is fiscally reckless to pay for ongoing street repair through bond debt. Bonds are meant for one-time capital projects, not ongoing maintenance needs. This would saddle San Francisco residents with 10-plus years of interest payments so that the $200 million a year The City wastes on the homeless-industrial complex can be preserved.

Voters should reject this bond in November and send a message to our supervisors that we want them to focus our tax dollars on services that taxpayers expect.

E.F. Sullivan
San Francisco


Stop the oil subsidies


I read the news that the Senate failed to pass a bill that would eliminate the oil company subsidies. Does anyone know how the senators got the idea that this is what the average American citizen wanted them to do?

I have talked to many people and not one of them was in favor of keeping the subsidies — not even the conservatives.

So what gives with the Senate?

Somehow we need to get the message to Washington that we are sick of the rich and powerful dictating to us how we live while they wallow in the money they waste.

John Schambre
San Francisco


Bad teachers should quit


I thought the goal of the teacher-review program was to weed out teachers with substandard performance. Your May 16 story, “Peer support available for teachers” had the subheading “Some educators quit if bad reviews persist.” I am unsure why this was portrayed as a bad thing.

Truck drivers, attorneys and carpenters who perform unsatisfactorily are fired. It is a sad thing for them to come to grips with the fact that they did not measure up in their jobs. So why should we feel greater sympathy when teachers are faced with the realization that they are not performing well enough to keep their job?

Teachers who quit after receiving persistent bad reviews are doing themselves, the students and the school system a favor.

Betty Yancovic
San Francisco

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