School voucher system requires state support 

Lance Izumi’s Sunday op-ed had it exactly right about universal vouchers being superior to narrowly targeted ballot initiatives as a way to empower parents. Unfortunately, vouchers are unlikely to be instituted without the all-out support of a legislature and governor, as occurred in Indiana this year.

So what about a ballot proposition? California and other states have found that teacher unions will throw massive amounts of money into campaigns to distort the issue and defeat vouchers.

Therefore, until such time as Californians elect pro-school-choice representatives, they can look to the “parent trigger” law pioneered in the Golden State in 2010 as an alternate way to enable parents to use petitions to turn around lousy schools and/or get their children in better ones.

Robert Holland Heartland Institute, Chicago

Park festivals too noisy

City Hall has shown time and time again that it doesn’t care about the residents who live near Golden Gate Park. Not only do we have to endure the noise of multiday music events, we also have to deal with traffic and parking issues.

After Outside Lands, one reader issued an invitation for all mayoral candidates to come to her home to listen to how loud it is during a concert. She got not one response. The supervisor for District 1 has done nothing since getting into office except worry about Happy Meals. And for the crybabies who had their cars towed during the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, maybe you could ask Warren Hellman to reimburse you.

Al Wong, San Francisco

Lee broke pledge to city

It is telling that Ed Lee breaking his pledge not to run for mayor of San Francisco seems to have raised no more than a shrug. This was not just a change of mind. Ed Lee could have merely said, “I do not intend to run.” That statement of present intent would have allowed him to change his mind. Instead he gave his word, his pledge.

Once, one’s word was vitally important. Apparently it no longer is. Can a mayor whose word is distrusted work effectively with the Board of Supervisors? In a city of ongoing political drama and treachery, perhaps distrust is expected and accepted.

Steve Lawrence, San Francisco

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