Letters: Homeless plan hurts elderly 

"Housing wait list is briefly opened," The City, Tuesday

Homeless plan hurts elderly

Your article on The City's plan to house homeless people in public housing was incomplete and superficial.

Yes, the waiting list is being reopened, and homeless people can apply. But homeless people were already eligible to apply under previous Housing Authority policy.

The difference is that the new policy gives homeless people special preferences that allow them to jump ahead of nonhomeless people who have been on the waiting list for many years. This new policy also applies to senior-disabled housing.

In effect, The City is robbing housing from seniors on the waiting list, many of whom are elderly and disabled, and giving it to homeless people who are not likely elderly and may be completely mobile.

John M. Kelly

San Francisco

"Bikers show true colors," "S.F. cyclists have nerve," Opinion, From Readers, Jan. 7

Cars foul our air, not bikes

The Jan. 7 San Francisco Examiner had a couple of letters that included expressions like "privileged" and "self-absorbed" to describe bicyclists.

I hope those letter writers are as offended by the layers of smog that are blanketing the Bay Area this week. With a recent streak of Spare the Air days, motorists continue to have the "privilege" to pollute with impunity. What is more "self-absorbed" than believing one's own transportation is more important than the health of our planet, our children and our community?

Thank you to all those who choose to ride transit, bicycle and walk -- especially on yet another Spare the Air day.

Sprague Terplan

San Francisco

"Ocean Avenue e-cigarette shop battle comes to a head," The City, Monday

Less, not more nicotine

It's time to say no to the e-cigarette industry's attempts to create a new growth market in nicotine addiction.

Never forget that the tobacco companies lied to the American people about the addictive properties of nicotine at the very same time that those companies were spiking cigarettes with additional nicotine to make them even more addictive.

Are we now to believe that the manufacturers and sellers of e-cigarettes are somehow motivated by a desire to help nicotine addicts rather than profit from them?

If e-cigarettes are to be sold as a treatment method for nicotine addiction, then let the FDA regulate e-cigarettes as medical rather than recreational devices.

Riley B. VanDyke

San Francisco

"Voters need to get over pettiness," Sports, Sunday

Liar Bonds not Hall-worthy

Regarding Mychael Urban's column propping up Barry Bonds, once again it needs to be explained why Barry Bonds should be shunned. He ruined baseball by taking the two biggest records in the sport, all the while allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs and refusing to admit it.

When the law came after Bonds, he let his trainer sit in jail for a year so that he wouldn't have to testify against him (no doubt fearful of being labeled a snitch).

Finally, he was convicted of felony obstruction of justice when he refused to answer a question to a grand jury. Even now, he refuses to admit what he did, and instead has continued to try to overturn his conviction.

We're all still waiting for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on his latest appeal.

Children need to know that crime and cheating does not go unpunished, and that refusing to admit wrongdoing is not rewarded with the Hall of Fame.

Stuart Milligan

San Francisco

"New tact against fines," The City, Monday

Protest tactic is criminal

Protests by the Black Friday 14 that stopped BART service, blocked freeways so people can't get to and from work, drop off or pick up their children, and interfered with businesses does not help the cause. It in fact loses support for the group's issues.

Legitimate protesters would march at federal or state buildings or city halls. The Black Friday 14 needs to be held financially responsible for the costs to the taxpayers and serve any jail time a judge and jury deem warranted.

Howard Epstein

San Francisco

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