Letters: Park fence makes sense 

➤“Fence plan splits Nob Hill neighbors,” The City, Monday

Park fence makes sense

How many residences and public facilities should be fenced to prevent the tagging of these buildings by artists with their spray cans who feel the public must view their artwork?

Our city parks are another form of artwork in concert with nature where vandals feel it necessary to cut down trees, dig up the lawns, and decimate the flowering bushes and plants plus destroy the restroom facilities. Why must some people vandalize the private and public property that is costly when in most cases they have provided no contributions to their existence or maintenance?

Placing fences around public parks for protection of these necessary urban areas for the benefit of the young and old is as necessary as is the leashing and muzzling of domesticated dogs, and protecting against wild coyotes that are becoming more common in The City due to their habitat being taken by expanding city and population growth.

Park visitor Tyler Baker says fences are to keep someone out and he does not like it. The original owner and city benefactor said The City should place such restrictions to keep it from being used as a loafing place for undesirable citizens, and render it safe and attractive for women and children. The alternative is to incarcerate these undesirables, and think of the cost of that!

Tell me honestly: Are the streets and parks of San Francisco safe for anyone today?

Frank Norton

San Francisco

➤ “$4.5M gift could help nonprofits stay in S.F.,” The City, March 17

Nonprofits need more help

In our rush to privatize our world, we have triggered a giant tsunami that has swept our underclass out to sea like they were residents of Fukushima. Spending $4.5 million may seem like a generous offer if it was being given to one nonprofit center, but it is disingenuous to believe it can save those organizations that are most helpful to our city’s survival.

Commercial rents in any part of The City make $4.5 million look like chump change and that is the nightmare at the heart of the matter.

Tax-averse corporations are unwilling to pay for the expansion of public transportation and opted instead to buy a fleet of buses for their precious workers, who should be timing the length of their careers with a stopwatch instead of a calendar.

John Thomas Ellis


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