Supervisors waste time with petty pet projects 

I see that the fringe element of our Board of Supervisors — John Avalos, David Campos, Ross Mirkarimi, Eric Mar and, disappointingly, Jane Kim — have decided to ignore the clear and overwhelming voice of the people of this city by shoving three pet-project initiatives onto the November ballot.

Flagrant disregard for public opinion should have consequences. How about adding this fourth initiative to the ballot? Any supervisors who propose a ballot initiative that fails to get at least 40 percent voter approval lose their right to vote for ballot initiatives for the next year. And any supervisors who force three such turkeys onto the ballot during a 12 month period (don’t forget June and November elections and their costs) lose their seat on the board.

Now that’s an initiative that I could vote for!

Cary Fulbright
San Francisco

Protecting workers’ rights

I am a proud union member who would like to rebut your June 22 “intimidation by labor” editorial.

During the 60 days between a union filing a petition for election and voting, management routinely starts firing suspected union supporters. That is why we workers want card check. There will be less time to fire us for being a union supporter.

Union officials are elected representatives, not “bosses.” About the NLRB wanting to limit management’s ability to oppose unionization; management is not supposed to have the unlimited right to oppose unionization. That right belongs to the employees, not the employer.

Michael J. Benardo
San Francisco

Learn from the British

U.S. leaders often are just not good on history. The 19th-century British started trying to pacify the Pashtun tribes of what are now northern Pakistan and southern Afghanistan, and they sent in tens of thousands of troops. They fought the Third Anglo-Afghan War. They fought engagements against the tribes way back during the teens and the twenties.

By 1947, as the British rule was ending in that region, it was more in turmoil and less under control than it ever had been before. The full might of the British Empire at its peak was unable to bring order to those regions. The idea that a relatively temporary and relatively small American expeditionary force can go into some of these provinces and shape them up for the long term is just very unlikely.

Ted Rudow III
Palo Alto

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