Letters from our readers: Pains of driving still better than buses, bikes 

Let me see if I have this straight: San Francisco wants people to get out of their cars and instead ride bikes or take public transit. I would never ride a bike on city streets because so many drivers heedlessly endanger cyclists.

Muni rates continue to soar, while routes are discontinued and service waits get longer. More people will be waiting with you to crowd onto buses and trains like a herd of cattle.

So where is the incentive to stop driving our cars? I choose the lesser of two evils and will continue paying more than $3 a gallon for gas, being stuck in traffic and hunting for parking — in the comfort of my car.

Boyce Maree, San Francisco

Shocking arrogance

While watching the webcast of the Jan. 28 Planning Commission hearing, I heard Commissioner Hisashi Sugaya say, “People [who] want to own cars, they can go somewhere else.” And then Commissioner Katherine Moore can be heard saying, “Thank you,” in obvious agreement.

Unfortunately, such shocking arrogance is not unexpected from these two.

Mark Brennan, San Francisco

Silly, self-righteous lawsuit

Ron Dudum, who ran for district supervisor four times — and lost — now claims he is filing a lawsuit against ranked-choice elections for the benefit of the citizenship. Lots of things could be done to improve our local election process, but stopping ranked choice is not one of them.

Ironically, Dudum’s lawsuit is so silly and self-righteous that it clearly shows he would have been right at home with the likes of Daly, Avalos and Campos.

Matt Mitguard, San Francisco

Put brakes on bike sharing

The proposed bicycle sharing program being promoted by Mayor Gavin Newsom and the SFMTA is nothing more than a pompous bureaucratic boondoggle that will waste taxpayer money and menace the few remaining bike shops in The City.

Bicycle ownership instills a virtue of independence and a spirit of liberation. Blanketing The City with thousands of “community bikes” will no doubt increase the ranks of the “government-dependent” class, which City Hall would be better off discouraging rather than promoting.

Karl Laschet, San Francisco

Wasting food, resources

Heinz Food Corp. boasts about selling 11 billion packets of ketchup per year. The company is proud of its new packaging, which is plastic-encased and made from petroleum.

Millions of tomatoes and other food ingredients are used for processing ketchup while the world suffers from diminishing oil and lack of food. Most packets are never used, but wind up in the trash or on the streets. What a waste.

Denise D’Anne, San Francisco

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