Cleaning up the Tenderloin would bring in business 

It’s nice that Supervisor Jane Kim was gung-ho to have Twitter move to the Tenderloin. Why didn’t she move Twitter to Sixth or Seventh streets? Didn’t she want them to enjoy the view of all the hot mess the Tenderloin has to offer?

Supervisor Kim needs to clean up the Tenderloin so businesses will want to be in the area willingly. They thought moving the feds onto free land at the new Federal Building would rid most of the crime, but that proved wrong. So I guess we have to bribe people to do business in the hood.

Don’t get me wrong, I like that Twitter is staying in San Francisco, I just don’t like that we tiptoe around the extreme crime we have in this area.

Ade Vlaho, San Francisco


Tear down garden wall

Over this past year, we San Franciscans have built a wall around our Botanical Garden so that only those with the correct papers can enter freely.

This wall is made up of a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire, and with manned guardhouses at the entrance gates (including the Friendship gate). The estimated amount of money this is supposed to bring in turns out to be about 1 cent per week per resident, and the actual amounts after expenses are far less.

San Franciscans, let’s tear down this wall.

Rich Knittel, San Francisco


Paper’s childish wrapper

As a San Franciscan and longtime baseball fan, I was repelled by The San Francisco Examiner’s obnoxious, no-class “Kiss the Ring” orange wrapper.

If this sort of cloddish adolescent braggadocio is one of the putative “benefits” of winning the World Series, then The Ring (whatever that is, exactly) will be better off in a city that knows how to wear it with major-league levels of style and social grace.

Riley B. VanDyke, San Francisco


Rethink course changes

If Lowell High drops modern world history for freshmen, will they offer it to sophomores like other high schools? It’s a “writing course” that complements English, not just a “note taking and research” subject, and it offers a chance to develop perspective.

I agree, though, with the premise of The San Francisco Examiner’s April 7 “History is history” story that college and career is out of place with freshmen. They’re still mentally in middle school and bonded to their cellphones, not quite the ideal for college tuning. Maybe the proposed changes need a second look?

Gordon Robertson, San Francisco

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