Drivers more careless than pedestrians, bikers 

I am deeply troubled that impatient automobile drivers justify the deaths of bicyclists because some cyclists break the rules, as if auto drivers don’t.

As a bicyclist, almost daily an inattentive or aggressive driver will try to buzz me or run me off the road (sometimes while texting or on a cell), putting my life in danger but not theirs. How often do drivers get cited for endangering bicyclists and pedestrians they might kill?

Let’s not blame dead cyclists and pedestrians for the behavior of impatient, reckless and overly aggressive drivers.

David Tornheim, San Francisco

Rein in government costs

I cannot agree with raising the debt ceiling (“Using the debt ceiling for a powerful message,” Wednesday), but for lowering the debt ceiling by the new incoming Republican majority’s big showdown, by not funding many of the measures enacted by the Democratic majority over the past two years behind closed doors.

I look at the printing of new dollars as a company printing additional stock certificates without increasing the value of the company, which devalues the existing stock certificates, as management often does.

There are three ways of reining in the cost of government — by the Legislature defunding bills, the 2012 budget and not raising the debt ceiling. The $13.9 trillion borrowed cannot be repaid at home, but by the world’s population that holds these U.S. dollars.

Frank Norton, San Francisco

Plenty of biofuel for Muni

While Muni is struggling to sort out its own fuel tank issues to restore its ability to supply biodiesel to its whole fleet, it seems worth pointing out that directly across the street from its maintenance facility on Pennsylvania Avenue is a biodiesel retail station with a fully permitted 8,000-gallon tank full of biodiesel made from 100 percent waste vegetable oil collected locally from San Francisco restaurants.

Additionally, just two blocks away on 20th Street in the Dogpatch neighborhood is another huge Muni maintenance yard. Muni certainly has options that would have helped keep Mayor Gavin Newsom’s promise if it wasn’t stuck on trying to solve this issue itself.

I have always thought that the semi-green washing biodiesel stickers on Muni vehicles (and others) were a bit deceptive in that there is no disclosure as to what percentage of biofuel is actually being used. B20 (20 percent biodiesel, 80 percent petroleum) is definitely a step in the right direction, but obviously B100 (100 percent biodiesel) would be better.

How about some truth in advertising?

Joe Marlin, Station manager, Dogpatch Biofuels, San Francisco

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