Letters from our readers: Letter about gun club sent the wrong message 

Your May 12 letter from the past chair of the Lake Merced Task Force is disingenuous and misleading. His contention that the San Francisco Rod and Gun Club is being subsidized by The City is absurd. It actually pays rent to The City. None of the other proposed uses for their site would work without city subsidies.

Meanwhile, the boathouse facility is rotting away and sits empty along with other areas of the lake. This is really about getting rid of the gun club, because it could not relocate anywhere else in The City. I am not a member, but this club serves a wide cross-section of San Franciscans with a legal activity and deserves continued support.

Keith Wilson, San Francisco

Garages should be allowed

A guy buys a building and wants to add value by putting in a garage. But no, this would encourage people to buy other buildings and take away rental stock.

Permission is denied. And garages are held hostage as an instrument of social engineering.

Richard Hanlin, San Francisco

Go easy on city workers

The recent spate of attacks on public sector employees is misinformed. Civil-service salaries are much lower than in the private sector — when comparable occupations are considered.

The average Muni driver’s skills on the 9-San Bruno bus are equivalent to a psychologist, cop, mind reader, kindergarten teacher and Wells Fargo VP. Getting five professionals for the price of one is a good deal.

What we need to do is look at how the just-announced fee cutbacks for construction projects by the mayor’s developer buddies will impact city services and punish the poor.

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd’s Muni operator-wage petition drive would sacrifice bus service to aid the mayor’s campaign contributors and subsidize the rich.

Paul Page, San Francisco


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