Drivers don’t dictate Muni service levels 

Muni operators had nothing to do with management’s decision to cut service three times in the last 11 years, despite what the Tuesday letter writer blaming us for Muni’s decline might think. We operators have nothing to do with shrinking the size of Muni’s fleet. These two decisions are the reason full buses have to pass up crowded stops. There is not enough service for the number of passengers. Service levels are solely the decision of management. Operators like me have no say at all.

The problem about that operator who texted while driving is that management didn’t check the video at the time of the offense. They should not be able to go back and repunish somebody who was already punished.

Michael J. Benardo, San Francisco

Support for Girl Scouts

Thank you to everyone in San Francisco that purchased boxes of Girl Scout cookies from me or one of my Troop 31223 members. Altogether, we sold 50,832 boxes, with more than 20 girls, including myself, selling at least 1,000 boxes each and earning “credits” to buy a week at summer camp and other troop activities.

Our troop’s profits will be used to make and serve dinners to the homeless, construct and fill a library for the families at Raphael House and supply new mothers with handmade knitted blankets. In these tough economic times, when a box of cookies costs $4, it’s nice to know San Franciscans still believe in and support the Girl Scouts organization.

Doreen Pacini, San Francisco

Too many regulations

Tax breaks for Twitter and businesses willing to invest in a seedy part of town will ultimately be good for The City in many ways. Yet the increasing pattern of special deals, zoning exemptions, extra fees, requirements and rule changes that emanate from the Board of Supervisors — depending on individual project sponsor’s political connections — are discouraging for business in the long run.

Zynga’s new landlord secured a zoning exemption for their offices on Townsend Street. They paid generously into The City’s affordable-housing fund and “volunteered” a donation to local nonprofits (the largest grant went to a company whose director was later a Democratic Party candidate for District 10 supervisor).

Small startups, on the other hand, face complex use restrictions, endless fees, requirements and taxes at every turn. Hyper-regulation and taxation breed corruption and backroom deals that discourage legitimate investment.

Judy West, San Francisco

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