Letters from our readers: Top cop’s latest strike means he should resign 

San Francisco police Chief George Gascón needs to leave. There are some things he can apologize for, such as stepping on someone’s foot. But other things, such as spitting in someone’s eye, he must resign over.

His first strike was pardoning officers who had outstanding citizen complaints against them. His second strike was proposing to Taser city residents who act up. Now his third strike is insulting a people, a nation and a civilization as potential terrorists.

Paul Page, San Francisco

Make bicyclists pay fee

Sure, I support The City’s proposed vehicle fee, but only if the fee also is paid by all the unlicensed, uninsured bicyclists of San Francisco. The Municipal Transportation Agency wants bicyclists to be 25 percent of commuters in the future (currently just 2 percent) without enforcing lawful behavior from bicyclists. Let them share costs with other commuters, instead of the current free ride they enjoy.

Maybe this could be the start of regulating and reducing the anti-social, anti-car contagion of Critical Mass. But also, how about raising the fee for a household’s second, third and fourth car by $100 per vehicle?

Fiona McGregor, San Francisco

No longer endorsing GOP

As a lifetime registered independent who has voted for Republican candidates many times over the years, I am absolutely disgusted by the latest heckling within the halls of Congress by the tea party brigade spitting on African-American members of Congress and yelling out racial and homophobic epithets.

The “N” word in this day and age — and they want us to think their hatred of Obama is not racially motivated? These hateful spews were being cheered on by sign-waving Republican members of Congress. Sayonara, Republican Party, you have permanently lost a previously flexible voter.

Mary O’Connor, San Francisco

Councilors ignore public

There I was in the Belmont City Council Chamber, and their agenda had an item concerning a property over in Redwood City. Councilors were considering a proclamation to request that Redwood City quash the Cargill salt ponds development proposal before any facts could be brought forth through the regular environmental information report procedure. The public input at the meeting was 9-3 opposed. But the council went ahead and approved the proclamation by a vote of 3-2.

Foster Kinney, Redwood City

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