Letters from our readers: City’s wasteful spending due to poor bookkeeping 

Wasteful and illegal spending should always be avoided, but the fact that The City’s incompetence is the root cause of most of it is mind-boggling, especially in these dire economic times. Very simple audit procedures can root out all of the employee health care expenditures that are made in error or due to fraud. Every single company I’ve ever worked with knows how to do this, yet The City does not.

If our mayor (who says he is “focused on his job”) would really pay attention to matters of importance to city residents rather than preparing to run for his next office, perhaps we would see an improvement in San Francisco. I know, I’m dreaming. Can’t help it.

Sherrie Matza, San Francisco


Sports column was absurd

In his sports column, Rich Walcoff recommended a new standard for the Olympic Games: “If you don’t sweat, don’t call it a sport.” If the Olympic committee adopts his recommendation, Michael Phelps will never earn another medal.

Jack Kundin, San Mateo


McCain’s good for GOP

Sen. John McCain, 73 years old and 28 years in Congress, faces a tough primary election among Arizona Republicans.

Before McCain is cast aside, Republicans should reflect on the fact that any successful outcome in Iraq will be due in large part to McCain’s early advocacy for the “surge” strategy when it was unpopular. Against congressional profligacy from both parties, McCain battles wasteful spending “earmarks.”

McCain was the first major supporter of new Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. It is McCain who encouraged GOP House members in Delaware and Illinois to step up to Senate races this year to replace Joe Biden and Barack Obama, while also promoting electable GOP women Senate candidates in California, Colorado and New Hampshire.

Jim Hartman, Berkeley


GOP debate needed

Former CEO Meg Whitman did not hire top executives based on résumés, references or endorsements. Likewise, the GOP delegates at the California Republican Party convention in Santa Clara in March deserve more than radio and TV ads, press releases or endorsements. Whitman needs to take responsibility and debate Steve Poizner at the convention.

Mike DeNunzio, San Francisco


Progressives are awesome

Forget the “Party of No.” I’m joining the hip, young progressives in the “Party of Yes.” Yes to higher taxes, more spending, globalization, open borders, sanctuary cities, quotas, reverse discrimination, dumbed-down “Dream Schools,” etc. Awesome, totally awesome.

Philip Melnick, San Francisco

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