Gay people fleeing high cost of living 

“With the gay community’s greater social acceptance, San Francisco’s bar scene has changed,” Local News, Sunday

Gay people fleeing high cost of living

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, almost all Bay Area gay culture consisted of three neighborhoods in San Francisco: Polk, Castro and Folsom.

Not only has the Internet come along to serve LGBT communities, but there also has been a gay diaspora, and now more gays live in the East Bay, the Peninsula, and San Jose and Sonoma counties. This dispersion of the gay population by those finding costs in San Francisco too high also contributed to the decrease in bars.

The bar crowd is often a late-night crowd, and LGBT people coming into The City from the suburbs often do so via BART, Caltrain or bus, none of which provide safe or reliable service late into the night. Also, high costs of parking tickets deter some gays from driving from the suburbs into The City.

Loren Meissner
San Jose


Texas schmexas, Perry

So, Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to tour California to encourage businesses to relocate to Texas. Here are three reasons why businesses should stay in California.

  1. We have a higher quality of life.
  2. We have a better governor.
  3. I don’t remember the third reason.

Peter Drekmeier
Palo Alto

“Bicyclists voice concern over proposal to move bikes off Market Street,” Local News, Thursday

Drivers forgotten in S.F.

Articles in The San Francisco Examiner have proclaimed mainly the pros of bicycle lanes in The City. I think your paper should present both sides of the issue.

Have you traveled on Seventh Avenue between the reservoir and Forest Hill station? There are no-parking signs on both sides of Seventh in that corridor. I wanted to park on Seventh, but had to go around the corner and park several blocks away from my destination.

Businesses in that area are negatively affected by the bicycle lanes. I think many people do not realize the negative side of the bicycle lanes, and if they ever do will mobilize to form an opposition to the format presented by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and others.

Ron Gaggero
San Francisco

“Coit Tower rehab plan delayed by food fight,” Local News, Friday

Coit Tower glower hour

“If you walk inside Coit Tower, it looks as bad or worse than it did a year ago,” said Jon Golinger, chairman of the neighborhood group Protect Coit Tower. “As the months go by, nothing has changed and there’s no apparent upgrade to anything. People are wondering what’s happening.”

Isn’t that what Golinger wanted — no change? Isn’t that why he put a meaningless measure on the ballot, to delay needed fixes to Coit Tower?

Dale Carlson
San Francisco

“Pension fixes are false hope of real reform,” Melissa Griffin column, Sunday

Guns aren’t real problem

Former state Sen. Don Perata’s comment at a committee hearing on gun violence — where banning assault weapons is one thing, but figuring out how to define an assault weapon has been historically tricky — is one of the reasons for the Second Amendment stating that the citizens’ right to bear arms shall not be infringed.

To the assault victim, a weapon can be any of a number of items, not necessarily a firearm.

Therefore, it is easier to go after people capable of assaulting people than it is to rid society and citizens of all the assault weapons.

Frank Norton
San Francisco

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