Wrong priorities consuming CCSF 

? “Proposed reorganization central to plans to save City College of San Francisco,” Local News, Sunday

While the staff at City College of San Francisco argues over where to move the boxes on its organizational charts, the students are overlooked.

I had excellent faculty when I studied at CCSF in the late 1960s. Now 25 years later, as an accreditation team member representing the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, I saw that hiring to satisfy gender, ethnic and sexual orientation minority constituencies had become the board’s priority.

Under the new regime, someone with a degree in women’s studies might be deemed qualified to teach political science, for example, but not someone with a degree in public administration.

The San Francisco Community College District lost its way decades ago, and they don’t know how to get back to basics.  

Bill Collins


? “Proposed new food truck rules in San Francisco seek to please both mobile and stationary eateries,” Local News, Friday

Advantage for food trucks

Your article on food trucks ended with an employee of one saying, “I don’t think we are doing anything wrong ... If they [brick-and-mortar restaurants] have a problem, it’s only because our food is better.”  Oh yeah?  

Physical restaurants have to do costly things such as provide bathrooms for customers, be accessible for folks with disabilities and pay rent to provide places to eat when it rains, etc.  Has anyone ever looked for a food truck when you needed a bathroom?  How about a restaurant?  

Think about that the next time you need to go, want to eat while staying dry, are in a wheelchair, etc., and see a food truck.  

Charles Spiegel

San Francisco

? “California can target bad physicians, fatal overdoses,” Editorial, Opinion, Monday

Drug system too costly

The San Francisco Examiner states flatly that the exorbitant cost of a statewide Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (about $4.4 million for the first year, according to estimates provided) would be worth it if just one person was saved. If you don’t mean it, don’t say it.

It is typical that The San Francisco Examiner would freely give away millions in your tax money in the middle of a recession while education and law enforcement are severely underfunded. I wonder how many people would be saved if you used the millions to hire dozens of new police officers. How about putting some of that money into improving our classrooms? Remember, the size of the pie stays the same. If you take from one slice, another slice will be smaller.

No one can argue about the good intentions of the CURES program, but more lives can be saved applying scarce money to education, law enforcement etc. Frankly, if thoughtful Attorney General Kamala Harris says it’s too expensive, I take her word over The San Francisco Examiner’s, respectfully.

John Dillon

San Bruno

? “Les Miserables,” Cartoon, Opinion, Monday

Blame Obama for debt

Regarding Monday’s editorial cartoon lamenting the huge debt that will be incurred by our children because of deficit spending, I ask: Has The San Francisco Examiner forgotten how it shamelessly endorsed Barack Obama for president? He has increased the debt by more than $6 trillion in just four years, with more to come.  

Yes, it is miserable that our politicians have no regard for future generations’ debt and just as miserable that your newspaper has contributed to this by endorsing a tax-and-spend Democrat for president.

Dave Planka


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