Letters from our Readers: Cavalier comment show’s lack of humanity 

Thursday’s Examiner article claiming that small business bankruptcies “allow opportunities for others” treated Clifford Waldeck absolutely callously. You followed Mr. Waldeck’s lament about losing his multigenerational family business with the throwaway remark from an academician, suggesting that a bankrupt business is an indication of incompetence and we should be wishing all of them good riddance.

As a small businessman for almost 30 years, I can tell you that there are many reasons for bankruptcy — changes in family relationships, divorce, death of a partner, RECESSION. When a business’ customer base stops spending money in bad times, it affects the business’ bottom line.

Many of The City’s finest small businesses are hanging on by a thread. Such cavalier treatment of a small business owner who willingly responded to an Examiner reporter’s question shows a callowness and lack of humanity that boggles my mind.

Bruce Bonacker, San Francisco

Entitlement has privileges

While waiting for an inbound Muni bus at California and Presidio, I observed the red bus stop curb line being painted over. The City employee explained there would be a new logo. The existing logo was quite legible, unlike those in less upscale neighborhoods.

I have also been noticing flagrant violation of the street cleaning restricted parking along Jackson and adjacent streets between Fillmore and Presidio. Entitlement certainly has its privileges.

John A. Dutton, San Francisco

The pristine days of yore

Once upon a time there was a world without benefit of plastics, Styrofoam and fast-food service restaurants. People actually sat in a specified location while consuming their meal. To return the boulevards and avenues of San Francisco to the pristine days of yore it would be necessary to enter into a program of training our citizens to not litter.

It really isn’t that difficult to contain your refuse. How many lives would not have been imperiled if the driver didn’t reach for a fry?

What happened to self-control and discipline? Doing your own thing does not license you to shatter others’ serenity. Each individual has a chance here to help the environment and the appearance of a proud City by the Bay.

William J. Coburn, San Francisco

Rangel ought to serve

Rep. Charles Rangel, the same congressman being put on trial by the House ethics committee, wants to bring back the national draft. He introduced the “Universal National Service Act” on July 15. This would require everyone 18 to 42 years old to perform national service.

Rangel ought to perform a national service and resign from the House of Representatives. I love it when congressmen accused of cheating on their taxes call on us to serve the country.

Marc Perkel, Gilroy

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