Letters from our Readers: Only in San Francisco is this practice logical 

In the real world, anyone misrepresenting a dependent to gain a financial benefit is guilty of civil or criminal fraud. For San Francisco’s public employees, it’s only amnesty — the logical result of “progressive politics.” Shouldn’t all cheating employees be required to repay The City for years of illegal benefits or else lose their jobs and entitlements?

What’s more, the administrators and auditors of these health care benefits deserve penalties for years of nonfeasance. Too bad, forgiving millions in fraudulent employee benefits is business as usual for bankrupting San Francisco.

Bill Nuerge, San Francisco

BP must pay for disaster

Trying to ease public fears about BP’s oil spill, President Barack Obama said, “I am confident that we’re going to be able to leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than it was before.” But has the president consulted with marine biologists and scientists about this promise?

The oil spill continues to destroy marine life and habitat along the entire Gulf Coast regional ecosystem and will inevitably spill over into the Atlantic Ocean. The ongoing destruction will last for generations.

I appreciate the president’s efforts to address the tragedy of the oil spill, and to cast an optimistic spell for the American people. However, standing with the residents of the Gulf Coast states, we need to remind Obama and the U.S. government to hold BP accountable for its willful negligence that led to the spill, and to ensure that BP pay every single dime!

Anh Le, San Francisco

Vehicles are dangerous

“Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time” is the hackneyed saying from the old “Beretta” cop show. Yet it makes good sense in San Francisco, where nothing seems to be enforced these days. It appears as if a day doesn’t go by when we don’t hear about a bicyclist or a pedestrian being hit by a car. It is particularly important for cars to obey the law, because the killing power of an automobile is on par with a loaded gun.

Theodore Carl Soderberg, San Francisco

Weak foreign policy

The dangerous weakness of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy is now apparent in both Iran and Afghanistan.

One year ago, millions of Iranians voted against the extremist government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Since then, the resulting Green Movement has swelled into the most serious challenge yet to Iran’s Islamic theocracy, yet Obama has done nothing to support it. America’s full moral power needs to be unleashed in support of the Iranian people.

Obama’s foreign policy weakness is also evident in Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai seemingly has now lost faith in Obama’s commitment to staying until the Taliban has been defeated there. Karzai’s lack of confidence can only lead to Afghan mission failure.

Jim Hartman, Berkeley

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