Letters from our readers: Supervisors push luck going after property tax 

So The City might consider tax measures on the November ballot to close a huge budget gap. If a property tax increase is in the mix, one way to get around Proposition 13 is through “special assessment districts.” Areas of The City especially in need of repairs to roads, sewers, water lines, et al., can be assessed for those repairs over and above Prop. 13 limits.

A significant majority of the voters in The City are renters, not property owners. It might be tempting for the supervisors to put special assessment districts on the ballot in the expectation that the renter majority would vote for it. But there is only so much you can get from a golden goose.

Gene Eplett, San Francisco


Outrageous bank gains

Is anyone else outraged that while we seniors and prudent investors are penalized by zero interest rates that push us into riskier investments, banks are making obscene profits on the spread under the guise of “saving the economy”?

Brent Leonard, San Francisco


Soccer lights can work

As a San Francisco native and soccer enthusiast, I’m sure there must be some middle ground on the proposal to light the west end of Golden Gate Park for nighttime soccer matches.

However, I take great umbrage at the opprobrious comments of the Monday letter writer. To be sure, many of the adults I watch and play soccer with are frequently drinking. However, they are nowhere near as loud and messy as most small children you meet in San Francisco.

Mark Barbeau, Bay Area Gooners, San Francisco


Death of journalism

Your Monday editorial on the “runaway Toyota” wonders, “Whatever happened to that journalism of verification?” Sadly, journalism based on questioning authority died decades ago when the news media became the authority.

The slide started when United Press International became moribund and The Associated Press gained a monopoly on gathering and distributing news. Then, computers and the Internet came in and lemming reporting was launched.

The old-fashioned reporting you wrote about died a death of a thousand cuts that can be viewed as a reporter-assisted suicide.

James O. Clifford Sr., Redwood City


Health care no better now

A Monday letter writer worried that the Democrats’ health reforms would result in 10 bureaucrats around his bed “arguing the clause on page 950 to agree what procedure I’m entitled to, or even if I’m covered.”

Even if that were a real possibility, how would it be different from 10 insurance company adjusters who are just as likely to be around his bed these days, also arguing about whether they will pay for a possible life-saving procedure or cancel his coverage?

Some might say that “death panels” have existed for quite a while, invented by insurance companies.

Mark Rees, San Francisco

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