Letters from our Readers: San Francisco can learn from Reno’s mistakes 

“Million Dollar Murray” is a famous New Yorker magazine story. Murray was a chronic, falling-down drunk in Reno, Nev. The police, ambulance workers, ER and others gave Murray treatment for more than 10 years. Finally, someone added up everything that Murray cost Reno for 10 years and came up with a total of $1 million.

San Francisco seems to have several of its own million-dollar Murrays.

As one Reno police officer said, “It cost us $1 million not to do something about Murray.” Someone else said that it would be cheaper to give him his own apartment and an attendant.

Murray did get an apartment and help and was OK for a few years, and then died on the street. San Francisco should find some ways to more effectively use our existing funds.

Fiona McGregor, San Francisco

Get rid of some weapons

Your May 28 op-ed “Time to declare war on military-industrial complex” is correct. In order to cut the military budget, Congress, Democrats and Republicans should eliminate any weapons systems the Pentagon says it doesn’t need. Then, they should eliminate all weapons systems designed for the Cold War. This includes retiring our nuclear submarine fleet and stopping work on any more. Dick Cheney cut unwanted weapons. Why can’t a Democratic administration?

David R. Dawdy, San Francisco

Apology not accepted

The Department of Homeland Security just announced that attempted terrorist attacks against America hit an all-time high this year. That is really outrageous! After all, didn’t President Barack Obama apologize to the planet for America’s “arrogance”? Wasn’t the Muslim world supposed to like us now?

Scott Abramson, San Mateo

Meters act as piggy banks

I understood that the purpose of parking meters was to ensure turnover in shopping districts, not to make money. With The City now proposing to extend time limits, it’s now all about making money.

Tim Donnelly, San Francisco

Both sides messed up

Could Israel have avoided the bloody confrontation with the pro-Palestinians of the Gaza-bound flotilla? Probably! Could these pro-Palestinians find a nonprovocative and nonconfrontational way of delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza? Definitely!

Reasonable people on each side could have made efforts to escape escalation of the planned sea adventure. Then, Israel would not have been forced into applying maximum efforts into searching the cargo. As Alejandro Wolff, deputy U.S. representative to the U.N., said, “Direct delivery by sea of humanitarian supplies is neither appropriate nor responsible.”

Vladimir Kaplan, San Mateo

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