Yes on Prop 25; Jeff Adachi’s Pension Reform; Facebook and Twitter …

by on July 7, 2010

To the Editor:

I wholeheartedly agree with your article, “Prop 25 is Most Essential Part of November Ballot.” I have been saying for a long time that labor and the Democrats need to go all out and get a real grassroots effort to pass this. I certainly will do all I can.

What I don’t understand about Prop 25 is how can we pass a budget that funds vital government services without raising the revenue to pay for that budget? I think that the provision to require a simple majority to raise taxes should have been included. If the Democrats and labor properly explain to the people that we can’t have vital services such as police, fire, schools, public transit, libraries etc. without revenue to pay for such services, enough people will understand.

Walter Ballin
Chico, CA

To the Editor:

I take issue with Mr. Herbert Weiner’s (Letter July 6) comment that Jeff Adachi’s pension reform measure (“SF Smart Reform”) is “very dangerous.” I suggest that he read the Grand Jury report, “Pensions: Beyond Our Ability to Pay“, to see how out-of-wack San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System is. And for those who suggest that San Francisco is out to balance the budget at “the expense of workers,” just don’t know their San Francisco history.

Since 1902, when Abe “Boss” Ruef picked Eugene Schmitz to run for mayor on the Union Labor Party ticket, San Francisco has been a labor town. And as the Grand Jury report recognized: “The escalation of pension costs can be attributed to many factors not the least of which being the relationship of public officials and unions who have negotiated extraordinary pension and retirement benefits today, without consideration of the unfair financial burden placed on future generations.” Failure to pass the pension reform measure is what would be dangerous to San Francisco’s economic well being.

Ralph E. Stone
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Stay away from both Facebook and Twitter. Too much of our interactions with others is through a computer interface and not in person. It contributes to obesity and other health problems, and creates real separation while promoting what seems to be community but isn’t really.

Chris Darling
Richmond, CA

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