Letters from our Readers: City leaders constantly searching for diversion 

Whether it is Dennis Herrera’s silly opinion on the legality of Michela Alioto-Pier’s running for a second term, the Board of Supervisors possibly banning pet sales or the school board banning ROTC, it seems that many of our city’s representatives routinely opt for the red-herring issues in lieu of grappling with the many emergencies that have resulted from our laughingstock Board of Supervisors leadership, unsustainable city fiscal policies and hapless school administration.

Matt Mitguard, San Francisco

Criticism unjustified

In the July 8 Examiner, it was reported that President Barack Obama’s recess appointment of Donald Berwick rankles the GOP. It appears to be one of 15 recess appointments, yet it is criticized as flouting business as usual. But, the same story pointed out that President Bill Clinton made 139 recess appointments and President George W. Bush made 171.

Then, we go to your editorial that accused, “To install him under a recess appointment with no Senate hearing and no Senate confirmation vote is an arbitrary act of an imperial presidency so outrageous as to embarrass even Richard Nixon.” It is interesting to note that Nixon made 41 recess appointments, but Ronald Reagan gets top billing with 243 recess appointments.

Denise D’Anne, San Francisco

Kerry’s double standard

Former presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry must have hit some hard times. It has been revealed that he keeps his 76-foot yacht docked in Rhode Island to avoid paying $500,000 in Massachusetts taxes. Wasn’t this the same John Kerry who in the 2004 presidential debates ranted against “Benedict Arnold” American companies because they moved overseas to avoid taxes?

Scott Abramson, San Mateo

Drop no-layoff stipulation

I have been a negotiator for 25 years and worked in civil litigation. In my opinion, the laid-off Oakland police officers got the short end of the stick based on recommendations of their union. The cops should drop the three-year no-layoff stipulation. It is excessive in today’s work environment. Renegotiate and get back to work. Trust me, you won’t be happy as a waiter, 7-Eleven clerk or private security guard.

Most employees are taking some kind of a hit. So you should as well. Get smart and go back to work.

D. Scott, Tiburon

Terrorism is real threat

We are at war with jihadist terrorists and in fact it is a world war. Problem is that too many in this country and around the globe just don’t believe it yet.

It doesn’t matter how President Barack Obama wishes to candy-coat the labeling of our enemy with political correctness, jihadist terrorists are killing multitudes of innocent men, women and children.

Call it what you want, but a rose by any other name is — well you know — still a rose.

Barry Bradley, San Francisco

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