Letters from our Readers: Loss of life is tragedy, not loss of tourism cash 

What a tragedy to have the Union Square killing in a city bearing the name of a man who loved life of people and animals. How sad to think the loss of tourist revenue seems to be more important than the senseless shooting of a wife and mother visiting here with her husband to celebrate their marriage anniversary. I am sure that San Francisco will not be a fond remembrance to that lady’s husband and children.

Those wild shots on a crowded street were fired by a person who had no regard for human life. If we react to this because of the possible loss of tourist dollars, then our values are no better than those of the person who killed the lady. Let us value life in the same way St. Francis regarded all life as holy.

Joel Anderson, San Francisco

Fast food is not the issue

I read in Wednesday’s Examiner that Supervisor Eric Mar was inspired to introduce legislation to restrict inclusion of toys with kids’ meals after he “rifled through his daughter’s toy drawer.” I’d like to ask him to introduce legislation to prohibit parents from rifling through their 10-year-olds’ toy drawers without a court order.

I also ask Mar to examine his data before going ahead with his latest piece of ill-considered legislation. It sounds as if his daughter must have had quite a few kids’ meals over the years. Is she much worse for wear because of it? If not, perhaps we don’t need government meddling in others’ parenting, or in the private contractual arrangements between businesses and parents.

Cary Fulbright, San Francisco

At least we have bike lanes

Cars are backed up at the new temporary Transbay Terminal site because car lanes have been replaced with bus lanes. At First and Mission streets, groundbreaking and demolition started for the new terminal, which will take seven years.

Homeless people that have been ousted are scattering through The City to seek new domiciles, and Market Street remains a grubby mecca for exploitation of tourists and locals. Yet, there is a silver lining for all — new bicycle lanes. Go figure.

Theodore Carl Soderberg, San Francisco

How Caltrain can survive

Starting in January 2011, Caltrain proposes cutting weekend service, four midday trains, four early morning or late-evening trains and Gilroy service.

Caltrain needs more money to survive, but it has been driving away paying customers since 2006 when routine bumping began due to insufficient bike capacity.

Caltrain’s own passenger counts show that even rush hour trains have empty seats. Cyclists can help save Caltrain, but only if Caltrain replaces empty seats with bike racks. With enough bike capacity to meet demand, Caltrain could be collecting more than $1 million more in ticket revenue this year, enough to pay for all the trains it plans to cut.

Joe Powers, San Francisco

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