Letters from our Readers: Don’t fall for vehicle license fee scam 

The $10 vehicle registration fee has made it to the November ballot in both San Francisco and San Mateo counties. I urge every voter not to fall for this scam. We already pay a vehicle registration fee to the state, but Bay Area residents have often been generous about passing tax and bond measures for promised transit improvements.

If the $10 vehicle registration fee passes, it will repeat the history of the fee San Franciscans pay for neighborhood parking permits. It started out as $10 or less, but has now swollen to $96.

Ed Louie, San Francisco

Goldman Sachs method

The main question to be asked about the SEC fine of Goldman Sachs is why that method is not used as a perfect template for punishing crime in America. When bank robbers are caught, they would be forced to refund half the money to the bank, sign a paper denying they have ever robbed a bank and promise not to rob anymore.

Similarly, shoplifters would be forced to pay half the cost of the goods and sign a statement denying they have ever shoplifted and promise never to shoplift anymore. Think of the savings in court costs and in the upkeep of prisoners. This is also a perfect solution to our governor’s problems with prison overcrowding in these difficult economic times.

David R. Dawdy, San Francisco

Sailors aren’t drunks

Ken Garcia’s column about tax-happy supervisors was right on the mark about how voters like me feel. But I was bothered by the labeling of the Board of Supervisors as “drunken sailors.” I have fished commercially from Alaska to the Mexican border and never did “spend our tax money” like a drunken sailor.

I hope people realize the old days of “Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum” are now a time of zero tolerance. From admirals to deckhands, today’s sailors are all professionals, so please don’t equate them with spendaholics like The City’s supervisors.

Kenneth Gerner, San Francisco

Auto-extinction myth

I cannot foresee bicycles and public transportation being favored over the automobile unless bikes are gas engine-powered and public transportation is free.

In this congested city of hills, freeways and crooked streets, bicycles can be dangerous and not easily prevened from being stolen. If automobiles were banned, there would be losses to city revenue from vehicle license fees, parking meter fees, parking lot taxes and parking tickets.

And if global warming heats the streets so much that pedestrians hate to walk on them, people would choose to drive around their city in air-conditioned automobiles.

Frank Norton, San Francisco

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