Disability Access in SF; Arnold Schwarzenegger; Today’s Labor Movement; Mark Sanchez; Praise for Mercedes Marquez …

by on May 15, 2009

To the Editor:

Because I do no take public transportation, I was unaware of the particular problem of disability access. I am, however, increasingly aware of the often misguided “power” of the bicycle lobby. I am surprised that no child advocates have jumped on the bandwagon against the blatant disregard for traffic laws by many, many bikers. What lesson is this for our children-not to mention a danger for all, disabled, senior or not. Great article,Bob Planthold, I’ll do what I can to pass this message on.

Susan Suval

Bob Planthold:

Whatever validity your complaint may have is lost in what appears to be an irrational rant against bicyclists as a class. Your real interest seems to get them by putting up unwelcoming signs and having them cited for infractions. Wouldn’t advocating for the necessary facilities for bicycles be more productive?

Dave Wells

To the Editor:

The lack of a cohesive disability interests leadership runs deep throughout our city. Berkeley is heralded as the most accessible city in the world, and the real-life living experience in San Francisco is quite the opposite. San Francisco is rife with street crime, chronic homelessness, litter, irresponsible cyclists, drunk drivers, and indifferent citizens.

All of these things block sidewalks, and all of these things disenfranchise San Franciscans with disabilities. Overstretched police departments and meter-watching DPT enforcers can’t be bothered to come clear a blocked sidewalk for someone who cannot get around it. Mainstream SF Media goes gaga for crackdowns on misuse of disabled placards and the fact that Social Security and Medicare will run out by 2037, all while painting a picture that people with disabilities are sucking our resources dry.

If the city and county of San Francisco, and the state of California for that matter, gave even one thought to doing the utilitarian (and right) thing, there would be health care access (less people on SSI for mental health), appropriate workplace accommodations (more revenue, less expenditure into SS funds), and a bottom-line livable city, the divide would not be so great between those that have no voice and those that run things but do not take responsibility.

Furthermore, the city is overloaded with nonprofit organizations who are so busy competing for limited funding that there is no collaboration, no clear-cut goal plan, and no leadership for making this city — my home, and the home to 160,000 people with disabilities (1 in 5) — accessible, let alone accountable.

Carleigh Kude

To the Editor:

Enough with the Republican bashing already! The Governor is a RINO, and no Republicans I know (or have heard from in robo-calls) is voting for the May 19th measures. Tom McClintock has given a lukewarm endorsement of 1D and 1E. These measures are Democrat sagas they will have to live with.

Boots Whitmer

To the Editor:

Labor of this era was good, labor of our era is a ridiculous race baiting gang of whiners. The 20’s and 30’s era unionists got their heads busted for fair pay and treatment, 2009 era unionists brow beat the public so that bus drivers don’t have to show up to work, whine to the fed when the state doesn’t give them a raise, now unions own various politicians and both the politicians and the brag about it.

If you’re a liberal unionist, you likely complain about the media being in cahoots with the government, while huzza-ing supplicating losers like Tom Ammiano.

Walley George

To the Editor:

We need Beyond Chron to investigate the ethical issues raised, and political payback involved, in the hiring of Mark Sanchez to a plum $100K plus job by the man he helped hire, and the School Board members he endorsed. This smells like political corruption at its worst.

Tony Belway

To the Editor:

As part of a very small Chicano community of students who attended USC during the late 70’s and very early 80’s, Mercedes Marquez was clearly one of our most effective and outspoken leaders on campus. From one semester to the next, so many of us were seriously challenged both socially and economically (thus explaining our collective low graduation rate at the time). No doubt, the combination of USC support services such as the Mexican American Alumni Association, one’s constant interaction with USC’s faculty and especially with peers such as Mercedes; for many of us, the aforementioned provided much empowerment and inspiration to overcome any hurdles and ultimately graduate. Mercedes, it’s almost been 30 years since graduation, and you still continue to impress us all with your passion and commitment to improve the lives of all working people.

Mario Pompa

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