How to make cards convenient for cabs 

Reading the Thursday editorial, “Credit card fees hurting cabbies and passengers,” where the independent contractor cabbies are expected to accept credit cards for payment, I wonder if The City and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency are allowed to extend the federal law making U.S. currency a legal tender required to be accepted for payment.

Payment in pennies, credit cards, personal checks and IOUs might be offered and — although inconvenient for payment — only pennies are required by law to be accepted, despite some vendors and stores that refuse to take them because of the nuisance.

Credit cards and checks are convenient forms of payment when a person may not have the cash in pocket. But for the vendor, only non-counterfeit cash in hand guarantees immediate payment.

Paying for a taxicab ride should be no different than paying for a parking meter that takes either coins or a credit card — as long as an independent contractor does not lose revenue. A taxi driver’s losses cannot be made up from The City’s general fund.

Frank Norton
San Francisco

State should cut expenses

California needs to cut, cut, cut expenses. Since when does state government owe you a living beyond basic services? Since when does it have to be comfortable to be unemployed? While I’m at it, let's look at welfare and the illegal population drain, not to mention unemployment benefits going into a third year of masking another form of welfare. Not on my dime.

Theodore Carl Soderberg
San Francisco

Shrinking local angle

There are some things about The SF Examiner that I’ve noticed that have me concerned.  Since the ownership change, I watched as other readers chimed in with their opinions about which voices might be heard or not heard.

Well, now, I don’t see much being heard at all — especially because the editorial page is missing in action. I don’t find it during the early days of the week.

Also, the local news is rather scant and not as substantive as it has been in the past.  Overall, the paper appears a lot thinner than it used to be.  While I understand that it takes time to see the results of changes, it shouldn’t come at the cost of what was once good general reporting and decent content. I hope that The SF Examiner will make some adjustments for the better in the weeks and months ahead so that I can have something to look forward to reading.

Edmund Lee
San Francisco

Dependency brings failure

Tanzanians are among the poorest people on earth. Reservation Indians suffer the most poverty in America. Public schools in Washington, D.C., are reputedly the worst in the nation. Besides failure, the three have something else in common — all have long received copious government aid.  When we compare Tanzania to Hong Kong, we conclude that cause and effect are real, that fostering dependency fosters failure.

We don’t want our children growing up like French children, craving the government job. We want strong, independent children for the future.

Paul Burton
San Francisco

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