Offer solutions to BART protest issues 

I was disappointed by Monday’s op-ed by Marc Intermaggio attacking “anarchists” while failing to offer any constructive alternatives for BART accountability and reform.

While I understand the frustration at BART service being delayed by demonstrators, and I disagree with their tactics, the fact remains that they are there because BART police have been recklessly shooting people and BART officials have refused to implement reforms.

If BART was more responsive to legitimate human-rights concerns, and allowed demonstrators to exercise their free-speech rights and be seen and heard by members of the public without a heavy-handed security response, disruptions to service would likely be minimized.

Authoritarian actions such as turning off cellphone service in BART stations do nothing to achieve a solution and will only fuel further anger against the transit agency.

Starchild, Libertarian Party outreach director, San Francisco

Nudity loophole exposed

As a resident of the Castro, I am extremely concerned with the law allowing public nudity. I saw a KRON (Ch. 4) story showing a registered repeat sex offender walking naked in the Castro. And the police knew this, but could not arrest him.

There should be no street nudity allowed for sex offenders due to the nature of their crimes — or anyone else for that matter.

Mission High School is not far from the Castro Plaza area and kids should not be exposed to this. The Castro is also a family residential area, not only a gay area. That registered sex offender who was nude was not even from The City, so now sex offenders from every part of the Bay Area know they can come here to San Francisco without consequences and expose themselves freely to all, including kids.

Ade Vlaho, San Francisco

Knowing where they stand

Thanks for The San Francisco Examiner’s “How they stand” list of supervisors’ support for the health care issue (“SF health fund loophole is targeted,” Sept. 14). Even though I work at home with more leisure than most, reading the daily news plus my supervisor’s periodic bulletins don’t give me enough time or resources to figure these things out.

How about a regular column that lists “How they stand” on all major controversial Board of Supervisors proposals? It would be a super public service and facilitate citizen activists in making our voices heard.

Ann Grogan, San Francisco

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