Letters from our readers: Part-time supes won’t waste the public’s time 

The June 15 Board of Supervisors meeting spent four hours discussing the proposed Health Department budget cuts and almost five hours on a nonbinding foreign policy resolution that should not have been on the agenda. Apparently the board has enough idle time on its hands to advise Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Middle East policy — instead of taking care of San Francisco’s affairs.

Until passage of Proposition J in November 2002, the supervisors were considered part time. They had private sector jobs or businesses, so they mixed and mingled with people in the real world on a daily basis.

It’s time to go back to a part-time Board of Supervisors.

Howard Epstein, Chairman, Republican Party, San Francisco

Key evidence needed

San Francisco Health Services Director Catherine Dodd lacks only two pieces of evidence to silence critics of her department’s amnesty of ineligible dependents.

Would Dodd provide the total number of ineligible dependents receiving amnesty who were enrolled for less than 24 months and for more than 24 months? For ineligible dependents receiving benefits for more than 24 months, a case-by-case review for fraud is called for — not blanket amnesty.

Bill Nuerge, San Francisco

It’s the spirit, not the score

Soccer is underwhelming? I don’t think Gregory Kane’s June 17 column gets it. Better to give thanks for the World Cup’s incredibly skillful players, spirited teams, officiating that has somehow eliminated most “diving,” a lively ball, fast pace of most games, almost continuous play, excellent surfaces and shoes, body-hugging shirts not grabbed and pulled so much and very competitive play. These are good, close games — the low scores are a byproduct.

Steve Lawrence, San Francisco

Excuses, excuses

The Examiner must have received 50 letters asking: “Why amnesty for city workers who fraudulently carried bogus dependents on their medical plans?”

The City’s director of health services was quick to defend the amnesty: “Corporations do it.” “They didn’t know.” “They forgot.” “The plan is too complicated.” “We must be compassionate.” “Participation should be applauded.” But the real subtext is: “The system is working the way we want it to work, so shut up.”

Paul Burton, San Francisco

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