Letters from our Readers: Community policing seems to be low priority 

Police Chief George Gascón has been objecting publicly that the Board of Supervisors is negatively impacting his ability to provide effective public safety. He suggests the supervisors are overstepping their roles and impairing city government by requiring the SFPD to itemize the cost of dignitary protection and to set up a foot patrol program.

It seems to me that criminals, police unions with exorbitant demands and maybe Gascón himself are failing to meet “the community policing vision” of the chief.

For example, so far the chief has failed to meet with clients and representatives of the privately paid neighborhood Patrol Special police. More street patrols by any kind of qualified police officers certainly support community policing goals.

Ann Grogan, San Francisco

City ignores anniversary


It was melancholy that on Friday, the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, was virtually ignored by San Francisco. One of San Francisco’s own sons, Joe Rosenthal, was the photographer who took the picture of six Marines raising the Stars and Stripes atop Mount Surbachi, the highest point on the blood-stained soil of that distant Pacific island.

Rosenthal’s photo was the model for the iconic sculpture that stands adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for so many brave men who gave the last full measure of devotion to this nation. The City has defaulted on its debt to the Greatest Generation.

Mike McAdoo , San Francisco

Proud of youth in GOP


Ten thousand conservatives attended the CPAC convention in Washington, D.C., and only 910 voted for Ron Paul, the Texas congressman who blamed America for 9/11. The 2,935 rational adults that participated in the straw poll cast 2,025 votes for six other candidates.

Half of Paul’s votes came from Generation Me (ages 18 to 25). In 2008, their Democratic cousins helped elect Barack Obama — but can’t name the vice president.

Bay Area Republicans can be proud of the San Francisco Young Republicans and the college Republicans at SFSU and UC Berkeley. They are among the most informed, active, and the best and brightest in America.

Mike DeNunzio, Chairman, Republican Assembly, San Francisco

Protecting the homeland


We have security guards to protect businesses, police to protect city streets, sheriff’s deputies to protect county roads, the National Guard to protect states, the Border Patrol to protect America’s borders, our military to protect the nation, and U.N. peacekeepers to protect countries against aggression.

Unfortunately, with more than 3.4 million undocumented immigrants in California alone, the California National Guard, and the U.S. military, are stationed in countries around the world and fighting two wars abroad.

We at home are left to the mercy of overseas-connected criminal gangs. Perhaps our free American citizens should stop supporting the Mexican cartels by purchasing drugs on the streets of America. But that seems to be too much to ask.

Frank Norton, San Francisco

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