Phone sharks: I enjoyed reading Martin Kuz's article regarding the telecom scheme operated out of South San Francisco several years ago ["Pay to Play," Feb. 7]. However, the basic story line that these two gentlemen were conducting a "research survey" on the practices of phone companies is as laughable and thin a cover story for basic fraud as it gets. It's like the pedophiles who say they were conducting "research" on pedophiles after being caught by the police for kiddie porn. I never heard this story before and, armed with the basic facts, as presented by the author, and a modicum of common sense, I can only come to the conclusion that this was a fraudulent attempt to fleece the phone companies.
Not that I pity AT&T. But do you know who pays for those 800 calls? The owners of the 800 numbers. They are the victims, as they got bilked out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in bogus calls. This duo's after-the-fact cover story is simply inconsistent with their earlier behavior (i.e. two previous start-up telecom businesses), which shows that they were in it for the money and profit-oriented. Did they suddenly decide to get in the public-interest law game? When did that stunning conversion happen? Add to that the lying, the covers, the hiding, the payments, and it all fits with the classic pattern of fraud. Furthermore, they clearly never paid taxes on any of this money. And as was said in the article, why did they cash the checks? Seems to me, a relatively uninterested observer, that jail seems to be the right place for both these guys.
Alex [Last Name Withheld]
Reading and writing about arithmetic: So we understand that business owners are "confused" about implementing the paid sick-leave ordinance ["Ill-Conceived Law," by Eliza Strickland, Feb. 7]. Which business owners, pray tell?
Grocery corporations that provide paid sick leave to the majority of employees cannot ascertain how to provide sick days for the remainder? A "small" business that already calculates wages, time, and attendance sends out W-2 forms, and other aspects of doing business, etc., cannot figure out how to put aside one hour of wages for 30 hours worked in San Francisco by an employee? This is hardly credible. Do some business owners not want to do it? Without question. But does the law involve quantum physics? No. Anyone, with the possible exception of the Weekly reporter, could figure out this one with a pencil, paper, and a shoebox.
The ordinance is simple, basic, and essential ... and it is necessary. As is fair reporting.
It's what's inside that counts: Will Harper took his valuable time to write an article on whether Pelosi has had a face-lift ["Face It"]. He did not write about one of the 2 billion worthy topics that would have required intelligence. One obvious option would have been one of the vital topics on which she is working making our lives better.
Marie [Last Name Withheld]
St. Louis, MO
Taut police: Don't you people have anything better to do with your time? Who gives a rat's ass whether she did or did not? Why don't you write a story about whether Bush or McCain or some other man had a new face-lift. Stupid people talk about other people. Intelligent people talk about events (not face-lifts).
Dr. Ladd Johnson