Keep Trump overseas
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
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
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,