Keep Trump over­seas

San Francisco Chronicle - - OPINION -

Con­cern­ing “Amer­i­can Weak­ness” (Edi­to­rial, Nov. 14): Since Pres­i­dent Trump loves flat­tery and the red-car­pet treat­ment, even if it comes from for­eign au­thor­i­tar­i­ans, here’s a sug­ges­tion: Let’s send him on a tour of other to­tal­i­tar­ian coun­tries, such as North Korea, Syria and Zim­babwe. While he’s busy glow­ing in false adu­la­tion abroad, we can ad­dress the real is­sues fac­ing our coun­try at home like cli­mate change, in­come in­equal­ity, racism and sex­ism. Claire Rosen­thal, San Fran­cisco

Cana­dian foot­ball

My fa­ther thinks that Colin Kaeper­nick should join the Cana­dian Foot­ball League (CFL) in spite of his de­sire to play for the NFL. I agree with this opin­ion. The move­ment he started should not de­tract from his abil­ity to play the game.

In fact, the CFL would be more ac­cept­ing of his lib­eral pol­i­tics and this strat­egy has worked for other pro­fes­sional foot­ball play­ers. For ex­am­ple, Joe Kapp was not drafted into the NFL, so he joined the CFL, and he im­proved to the point where the NFL would ac­cept him as a player. I also think he’s be­ing de­nied be­cause own­ers are un­sure of if he’s go­ing to hurt their prod­uct sales, which is the bot­tom line. Bjorn Fox, Berke­ley

Lo­cal hate crimes

It’s both up­set­ting and un­sur­pris­ing to read “Hate crimes jump in state — ma­jor­ity in S.F. based on sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion” (Nov. 14). As a gay man liv­ing in our di­verse city, I had never felt un­wel­come here. But in Novem­ber 2016, my hus­band and I were shaken af­ter be­ing sub­jected to of­fen­sive slurs while walk­ing on the very street where we live. Just be­cause Cal­i­for­nia is a “blue state” doesn’t mean that LGBTQ peo­ple and other mi­nor­ity groups are im­mune from hate crimes here.

The aw­ful race-bait­ing and misog­yny be­ing pro­mul­gated by the ad­min­is­tra­tion in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., is now per­me­at­ing to all parts of our coun­try. To those who use in­ap­pro­pri­ate lan­guage to de­scribe oth­ers in ca­sual con­ver­sa­tion, please re­mem­ber some­thing our tweet­ing pres­i­dent does not: Words mat­ter. Charles Car­ring­ton, San Fran­cisco

Re­fusal to pay

If it comes to pass that Pres­i­dent Trump signs the pro­posed Repub­li­can tax-re­duc­tion bill that clearly ben­e­fits his bil­lion­aire friends with­out let­ting the Amer­i­can pub­lic know how much it will per­son­ally ben­e­fit him and his fam­ily, then he should be con­sid­ered as cor­rupt as every other dic­ta­tor in the past who seized power and then looted his coun­try’s trea­sury. Since the Amer­i­can pub­lic is not privy to Trump’s hold­ings nor how much money he may be hid­ing in off­shore bank ac­counts, then in no way should we con­tinue to be re­spon­si­ble tax­pay­ers.

Let it be made per­fectly clear if Trump’s bot­tom line is se­cretly en­hanced by the pro­posed leg­is­la­tion, then we the peo­ple should rise up and refuse to pay taxes of any sort. And if that’s the open­ing shot of the next Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion, then so be it. Let the chips fall where they may. Bram Druck­man, San Rafael

Ban the weapons

I read “Limit gun own­er­ship” (Nov. 13). The let­ter writer is right on: Ban all weapons of war. Al­low law-abid­ing cit­i­zens to have nonau­to­matic guns. I’d even go along with his sug­ges­tion of al­low­ing au­to­matic weapons to be rented and used only at li­censed fa­cil­i­ties.

But I’d like to add an­other point: Gun ad­vo­cates ar­gue it should be le­gal to buy semi­au­to­matic and even au­to­matic weapons be­cause some lawabid­ing cit­i­zens en­joy col­lect­ing and shoot­ing them. By that logic, a pur­pose of the Sec­ond Amend­ment of our Constitution is to guar­an­tee the right to a hobby! No, the Sec­ond Amend­ment clearly states it is for the pur­pose of pro­vid­ing for a well-reg­u­lated mili­tia. Why are the amend­ment’s very first words “well-reg­u­lated” even open to de­bate? Eliz­a­beth Horowitz, Berke­ley

Men­tion ca­ble cars

Re­gard­ing “An S.F. tour: the prime, the grime” (Nov. 14): In a very good ar­ti­cle about what vis­i­tors like and don’t like about San Fran­cisco, Cas­san­dra Costello, vice pres­i­dent for pub­lic pol­icy at S.F. Travel says some­thing puz­zling. She talks about how peo­ple are in awe of the magic of San Fran­cisco: “Peo­ple are in awe of the magic of San Fran­cisco — all the things we love: the rolling hills, the fog, the trol­ley cars, find­ing those hid­den neigh­bor­hood gems.”

Yes, the F-Mar­ket line has some nicely col­ored “tor­pedo” trol­ley cars, but I didn’t think peo­ple come from all over to ride the F-Mar­ket. They do come to ride the ca­ble cars, which she did not men­tion. I would think that some­body in Costello’s po­si­tion at S.F. Travel would know the dif­fer­ence be­tween a trol­ley car and a ca­ble car. Tony Ben­nett is not singing about trol­ley cars.

Larry Schorr, San Fran­cisco

Loaded lan­guage

Re­gard­ing “Moun­tain lion sub­dued in S.F.’s Di­a­mond Heights” (Nov. 11): A news­pa­per should be aware of loaded lan­guage. I am re­fer­ring to the use of words like “slink­ing” or “lurk­ing” to de­scribe the ac­tiv­i­ties of the moun­tain lion re­cently dis­cov­ered in San Fran­cisco. My in­ter­pre­ta­tion of this an­i­mal’s be­hav­ior might in­clude words like “hid­ing,” “seek­ing refuge” or “look­ing for a place that might serve as habi­tat af­ter it wan­dered out of its home.” These big cats are try­ing to live in an in­creas­ingly shrink­ing habi­tat. It only feeds into fear and mis­in­for­ma­tion to cast them as ac­tively threat­en­ing to hu­mans when it is more likely they are just try­ing to get to a safe place. Debby Har­ri­son, Field­brook,

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