SFMTA can do better than Public Works chief 

Three city officials were named in The San Francisco Examiner as candidates to replace ousted San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency chief Nathaniel Ford. Two of those named have already taken themselves out of the running, leaving Department of Public Works chief Ed Reiskin as the clear front-runner.

But The City’s streets are in such horrendous disrepair that it is hazardous to exceed 10 mph. I could show you the repair bills for recent damage to my car as a direct result of a pothole. Even walking is hazardous due to the dramatically uneven pavement.

Isn’t it time that San Francisco places someone in charge of a department who not only has “experience,” but actually has successfully improved a department?

Patricia Farrell, San Francisco

Major security failure

What is wrong when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sells guns to Mexican drug cartels and one of these guns is used for killing an American agent at the Mexico border? What is wrong when the Department of Justice and White House claim no knowledge of this action? Operation Fast and Furious seems to have no owners.

These guns were deliberately sold to the cartels during a sting operation. A sting against whom? We sold them to the cartels, what did we expect? This brings into question the competence of both the ATF and Justice Department. These departments are supposed to protect us, not kill our people. Perhaps they are candidates for budget cuts?

Keith C. De Filippis, San Jose

Policies are eroding Pride

Congratulations, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, you’ve just unofficially canceled Pink Saturday. What’s next, the Pride Parade itself? This was the wrong choice to make, the beginning of death by a thousand cuts.

Yes, it is only the limitation of alcohol. But it’s us giving up one little thing at a time until there’s nothing left. Prohibiting alcohol on the streets during a daytime event will do nothing but make for overcrowding at the handful of small Castro bars.

The Pride, Folsom and Dore Alley festivals are perfect examples of alcohol consumption in the streets not contributing to unsafe conditions.

I’ve been told there was a time when the San Francisco LGBT community was a force to be reckoned with. Now we’ve become just another laughable sideshow. No wonder we’re no longer considered the gayest city in America. We no longer care.

Michael Pierson, San Francisco

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