Don’t let the back door hit you on the way out 

Muni is unquestionably in a downward spiral — service cuts, deferred maintenance resulting in frequent breakdowns, declining on-time performance and a $1.6 billion projected deficit. I frankly have been at a loss to explain this, until I read in The Examiner about Muni chief Nat Ford’s quest to find employment elsewhere. Ford obviously has little or no concern for San Francisco, as he has had his eyes on the door for two years despite receiving a salary of $350,000 a year.

Ford’s attitude has obviously permeated his organization, which explains the disregard for the public that numerous Muni employees seem to have.

Muni would benefit greatly if Ford does land the position he is currently seeking in Washington, D.C. This would let San Francisco replace him with someone who truly cares about The City’s public transit.

And if he fails to get his new job, San Francisco should nonetheless replace him, because his contract expired last month and his attitude toward our city will obviously not improve.

Dorothy Devere, San Francisco

Leave the Internet on

It’s disturbing that the U.S. government is considering an “off switch” for the Internet. As we watch what is happening across the Middle East, we see that an Internet off switch is what dictators use when the people rise up in the name of freedom.

Giving the federal government an Internet off switch is like giving them an off switch to the Constitution. The very idea is against everything America stands for.

As a computer network professional, I actually doubt it is possible to create an Internet off switch. But for federal officials to think they have the right to do so disturbs me greatly.

Marc Perkel, Gilroy

Ashes to ashes

Lundbeck, Inc. is amenable to having its potent sedative Pentobarbital used in assisted suicides in Oregon, but does not want it used to kill brutal, coldblooded murderers in Ohio and Oklahoma. Their reasoning makes no sense.

What’s the difference between putting to death someone with a painful, terminal illness and executing a callous murderer who often has no remorse? They are people who either want to die or deserve to die.

Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach

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