Nuru’s appointment to lead DPW is well-deserved 

There are some appointments that are simply earned and obvious. Mohammed Nuru, San Francisco’s new Department of Public Works director, has proven over the course of his career that he is one of the most hard-working and dedicated city employees and regularly delivers with actions, not words.

Keeping San Francisco streets clean is a constant battle, and Mohammed has been on the front lines, literally — he works nights, weekends and countless special events. He makes a difference for our city every day.

I am disappointed that a fellow candidate for mayor tried to slam Mayor Ed Lee by rehashing newspaper stories from seven years ago and an audit about a nonprofit that Nuru had left years earlier.

This has tarnished what should have been a wonderful day for Mohammed: recognition of his accomplishments and his promotion to lead the Department of Public Works. Mohammed Nuru will be an outstanding DPW director, and San Franciscans are fortunate to have him.

Supervisor Bevan Dufty

San Francisco


Watch for Big Brother

The Miranda warning is always in effect on the Internet. Anything you post can be used against you. Any database can be hacked. If you choose to put your personal info online, don’t blame anyone else when your stuff gets out.

You have to use ID protection and monitor your accounts, and even then, security might be breached and your information will get in the wrong hands. Putting your identity online is an inherent risk.

What is terrifying is how all our medical records are going online and we will have no choice in that. So if you think your privacy can be invaded now, wait until your medical records go public. Scammers, stalkers and "big brothers" will all have a bonanza.

Elizabeth Frantes

San Francisco


Obamacare a bad choice

Thank you for your Aug. 15 editorial, "America is owed accurate Obamacare cost," which reminds us that Obamacare legislation forces every American to buy a federally approved health insurance policy.

Now we should be asking ourselves, "If you were free to pick a health care provider, would you pick an organization that is $17 trillion in debt and has just had its AAA credit rating downgraded?"

Robert Parkhurst

Redwood City

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