Limit telephone books to those who want one 

Most people who recently received a phone book (especially the majority who will never even open one all year) can probably understand the reasoning behind an opt-in program.

Our city alone handles 7 million pounds of waste from phone-book deliveries, at an estimated $250,000. So it makes no sense that these phone books should land on the doorsteps of people who don’t want them and will never use them.

Under the opt-in system, people who don’t want phone books won’t request them and people who do want phone books can easily do so by calling in. This is an optimal balance, both for business and efficiency’s sake.

The current system doesn’t benefit business owners either, if only a fraction of their printed ads will be seen. It’s just as well that the Yellow Pages prints only as many phone books as will be used.

Anita Lee
San Francisco

Protect bridge pedestrians

The bicycle-obsessed zealots of San Francisco and Marin forced postponement of a very sensible plan to impose a speed limit and fines on the Golden Gate Bridge. Watching the cycle spokesmen on TV delivering their concerns about being left out of the process, it was their single-mindedness that was most vividly conveyed.

Are there no elected officials who will stand up and let the bicycle lobby know that it does not call the shots? Apparently not, because the speed-limit vote was delayed so it can be studied. Pedestrians walking across the bridge will still have to put up with the childish antics of the bicycle speedsters who put their needs above anyone else’s.

Gordon Robertson
San Francisco

Replace any Muni strikers

If the illegal strike now threatened by the San Francisco Muni operators actually takes place, any strikers should be permanently replaced, just like the air traffic controllers were when they went on strike during the Reagan administration.

With today’s high unemployment, it won’t be hard to find people with commercial driver’s licenses willing to do the job at a reasonable pay scale and benefits.

It would be tough for a couple of months, but San Francisco would be far better off in the long term. The City’s leaders should not allow public employee labor unions to blackmail the public.

Howard Epstein
San Francisco

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