Who is “Progressive”?; School Layoffs …

by on March 4, 2011

To the Editor:

I love how you compared the Harvey Milk Club event with the CRG event. I think progressives are so overloaded with issues right now that we have to pick our battles very carefully. (Some are more vocal about their dislike for the Twitter deal than others.) With the new, more youthful and pragmatic Milk Club leadership, San Francisco progressivism seems to be moving away from being either a depressing wake or a sectarian bloodbath. As for the Milk Club endorsement for mayor, your guess is as good as mine.

Kevin Bard
San Francisco


To the Editor:

I have always been puzzled by what is the definition of a progressive or of a moderate. If progressives are for progress and moderates are for moderation then I consider Supervisor David Chiu a progressive. Surely encouraging businesses to stay or move into San Francisco is beneficial for the community. Providing employment gives people the opportunity of a better quality of life and generates taxes for the City’s infrastructure and providing services for the less fortunate. I am proud of David Chiu.

Henry Karnilowicz
San Francisco


To the Editor:

You can only define a progressive mayoral candidate based on the issue close to your heart. To me, Dr. Leland Yee is progressive because he has been consistent supporting the rights of unionized workers of the University of California and other working people who are struggling to survive. He has records to show that he was their fighting for the immigrants and their communities. Leland is the right person for San Francisco! David Chiu is an opportunist; he basically fooled the progressives during his Board of Supervisors campaign. I walked at his precinct, but not anymore!

Daz Lamparas
San Francisco


To the Editor:

I am unsympathetic to the “churning” and “turmoil” early layoff notices cause. The unions brought this on themselves, insisting that it was unfair to be layed off at the last moment when budgets were clearer. There is fierce waste in public education and out-of-control union pay and benefits, far in excess of private sector wages.

Boots Whitmer
San Francisco


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