Letters from our Readers: Commuting on Muni becoming long ordeal 

I have ridden Muni for 25 years at all times of the day without any incidents, and I have never experienced a meltdown of public transportation like I am experiencing now. It used to take me 25 to 30 minutes to get to work. Now it takes me 45 to 60 minutes. To get home, it used to take me 25 to 30 minutes. Now on the T line, it takes me 90 minutes.

I’ve told my friends and family not to visit San Francisco because of the difficulties they would have getting around The City, both by Muni and by car.

Timmy Roberts, San Francisco

Public’s concerns ignored

Almost 50 citizens opposed to the Cargill development project took time out to come to the Redwood City Council meeting. The mayor kept the Cargill vote on the consent agenda, policed arbitrary limits on public comment, cut off speakers after one minute and refused to respond to the many serious concerns expressed by their own residents. One woman even prepared a very informative video about how the Cargill property could be restored to wetlands, but was cut off after 30 seconds.

The mayor’s attitude was derisive and hostile. Rather than welcoming public comment, he seemed not to want to hear criticism of the project. I left the meeting feeling that the council members had made up their minds well before the meeting, did not care what the public had to say and made a mockery of the democratic process.

Janet Larson, Atherton

Mideast reports distorted

Hamas media campaigns distort reality. Why does our press fall victim and repeat twisted falsehoods? The “aid” boats, sponsored by a radical Islamic organization connected to Hamas, were filled with resistance fighters disguised as peace activists.

The day before the flotilla left Turkey, Al-Jazeera TV documented the prebattle atmosphere created by men on board chanting Islamic battle cries about killing and defeating Jews in battle. They wanted one of two happy endings — either martyrdom or reaching Gaza.

The Israeli soldiers who boarded the ships encountered fierce resistance from the armed passengers. What are peaceful activists doing shooting guns, carrying knives, pipes, bats and looking for
martyrdom?

Wendy Harris, Santa Clara

Just start cleaning up oil

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may well be the responsibility of BP. Repairing a leak 1 mile deep is a specialized task requiring special equipment and special skills. Cleaning up oil floating on the ocean surface is another matter. The technology and equipment have been around for years. Lockheed designed and built an oil skimmer 20 years ago. It can’t be the only one in existence.

When the Exxon Valdez went aground in Alaska, we marshaled all available sources and cleaned up the mess. The same should apply to the Gulf Coast. It is time to quit assigning blame and clean up the mess.

Keith C. De Filippis, San Jose

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