Letters from our Readers: Jose Canseco deserves steroids vindication 

I was pleased to read Jim Litke’s unforgiving Jan. 12 column about how McGwire’s admission of using steroids did not “save” baseball but, rather, it shamed it. But why didn’t Litke and other journalists covering this story mention Jose Canseco’s painfully honest tell-all book about his and his fellow ballplayers’ abuse of performance-enhancing drugs? So Canseco threw his pals under the bus — I get that — but doesn’t he deserve to be vindicated now that McGwire has finally come clean?

Amy Bekowich, San Francisco

Palin just getting stronger

So Sarah Palin just won’t go away — thank God. She seemed to come out of nowhere in 2008 when Sen. John McCain chose her as his running mate. The Obama faithful remain critical of the former governor of Alaska. Much of the publicized criticism comes from television comedians such as David Letterman and Joy Behar.

I believe the real reason that Palin draws so much flak is because, as Obama continues to rip the fabric of America to pieces, more citizens will see her as the one that can put it all back together again.

Barry Bradley, San Francisco

God’s plan vs. your destiny

The new exposé book “Game Change” alleges that when Sarah Palin was chosen to run for vice president, she responded that the choice was “God’s plan.” But then what did God have in mind when she lost? Did God intend to play a trick on her? That’s the problem for those who claim their destiny was God’s plan.

Marc Perkel, Gilroy

Honor for amazing woman

In recent days, Miep Gies, the Dutch woman who saved a literary treasure for the ages, entered the Gates of Heaven. Mrs. Gies aided in sheltering and feeding the family of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl who authored a diary of a harrowing existence during the most awful time of the 20th century.

Mrs. Gies then hid the diary after the family had been betrayed to the Nazis. After the end of World War II, she gave the diary to Anne’s father, the family’s only survivor of the Holocaust.

Posterity owes this ordinary woman of extraordinary character laurels. Her courage and her efforts to help the helpless, to shield the persecuted, to resist oppression and to preserve history have all given hope to the post-WWII world. May her soul be united with those whom she sheltered and loved.

Mike McAdoo, San Francisco

Services turn less public

Students of business learn of elastic and inelastic revenues with increased cost and demand. Perhaps our city officials continue to increase taxes to improve revenue income, but they discover that the opposite happens. As parking-citation dollar amounts increase, the number of citations will reduce — same with bridge tolls, public transit pass increases, parking rates and probably the cost of theater tickets.

Each fee increase reduces the number of persons that can access public and private facilities, and a little freedom of choice is lost. True public service is rates and convenience consistent with maximum public use of our city facilities.

Frank Norton, San Francisco

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