Letters From Our Readers: Trim Fire Department to save The City money 

Every day in the fire-suppression division of the San Francisco Fire Department, two assistant chiefs and 10 battalion chiefs are on duty, and six drivers are assigned to them.

Chiefs average about $190,000 a year while the drivers average around $140,000. San Francisco averages one structural fire per day.

If this overstaffing was cut down to one division chief, six battalion chiefs and one driver each day, the savings approach $9 million. Facing a $500 million shortfall, this should be a no-brainer.

Jim Corrigan, San Francisco

Palin comments ring true


Sarah Palin’s speech to the Tea Party convention focused on President Barack Obama’s greatest vulnerability: his weak response to terrorism. Palin criticized the decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a New York City courtroom rather than before a military tribunal.

Palin also took after Obama on the many missteps involving the Christmas Day attempted bombing, including giving him Miranda rights, federal court treatment and permitting the suspect to remain silent for weeks.

Palin’s concluding jibe will resonate with many: America needs a commander in chief, not a law professor, in the Oval Office.

Jim Hartman, Berkeley

Where’s promised change?


It is extremely disappointing that presidential candidate Barack Obama, who galvanized the nation with his promises and soaring rhetoric, has been swallowed up by the Beltway beast of special interests. His $3.8 trillion budget boosts war spending while drastically cutting domestic programs.

Contrary to Obama’s State of the Union claim that “we don’t torture,” the U.S. continues to rendition people to secret “black” prisons. Warrantless wiretaps are still permitted, unchallenged by a comatose Congress.

Jagjit Singh, Los Altos

Traveling on federal dime


I would love to know how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi justifies spending millions of dollars in taxpayer money to shuttle her family around the world on Air Force jets that cost a fortune.

Surely a Pacific Heights multimillionaire with a conscience might voluntarily consider reimbursing the government for the actual cost to fly her family.

Richard Beleson,San Francisco

Whites misrepresented


In the film “Avatar,” director James Cameron gives us another high-tech, dumbed-down fable portraying white guys unfavorably.

Get used to it, whitey. The Hollywood left is not here to educate, but to dumb down and divide. See you at the movies.

Philip Melnick, San Francisco

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