Letters from our readers: Obsession with fees drives away business 

It was refreshing to see Ken Garcia’s Friday column spotlighting the anti-car policies of our city officials. It is time to stop. The Bicycle Coalition has won its battle and can’t make San Francisco any more bike-friendly than it already is. The City can’t keep raising the price of metered parking, traffic tickets and bridge tolls without inciting civil disobedience.

Now, they propose $3 to enter downtown. They should pay people $3 to come downtown and shop. Every new tax or fee drives a little more business away. We should make it easier and less expensive to come into our city.

By the way, I am an avid San Francisco bicycle rider for 35 years who despises the tactics of “Criminal Mass” and thinks we have enough of our excellent system of bike lanes.

Victor Timmerberg
San Francisco


Leave smokers alone

I urge the board to reject Supervisor Eric Mar’s proposal to ban the sale of tobacco products in supermarkets with pharmacies.
Mar’s legislation of last March, which will soon prohibit smoking at tables in front of sidewalk cafes, has already gone too far in tobacco prohibition and making San Francisco a city of neo-Puritans.

Enough with health fascism and public health dictators! The notion of a smoke-free San Francisco is prohibitionist and wrongheaded.

Reid Condit
San Francisco


Irrational marriage ideas

The closing argument by pro-Proposition 8 lawyer Charles Cooper justified denying marriage equality to same-gender couples because of the “common-sense belief that children do best when they are raised by their own mother and father.”

As an adoption attorney and adoptive dad, I deeply resent and whole-heartedly disagree with this view of “best.”

Experience and study both show that children thrive in many different environments with nonbiological parents and same-gender parents. There is no one best fit for all situations.

Resorting to phrases like “common sense” demonstrates that the opponents of marriage equality are in fact unable to rise to the rationality test the Constitution imposes.

Charlie Spiegel
San Francisco


Let people drive their cars

Ken Garcia’s column was correct that San Francisco does not compare to London in population and traffic policies. However, since San Francisco has a population density nearly double that of London, it is even more vital to come up with sensible parking and driving policies.

Policies such as charging those who want to park and drive in the most congested areas during the most desirable times do not punish drivers, as Garcia claimed. San Francisco has an extremely limited ability to expand parking and driving options. Policies that work to manage this finite resource are enacted to allow more residents to utilize their automobile instead of punishing them.

Jeff Shand-Lubbers
San Francisco

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