Remembering Officer Jane
Where are the roses?: There are many kind remembrances and upcoming memorials planned for Patrol Special Police Officer Jane Warner, who passed on May 8 after devoting 18-plus years of privately paid policing service to her beloved Castro, Noe, and Mission neighborhoods ["Good Cop, Bad Cop," Matt Smith, Column, 5/19].
She was my first Patrol Special officer, my role model, and my friend. I can't help but find this poem by Thomas F. Healey apt: "Don't strew me with roses after I'm dead/When Death claims the light of my brow/No flowers of life will cheer me/Instead you may give me my roses now!"
We didn't, although some tried. And in the main, neither did the police commission or supervisors over the years. Officer Jane attempted time and again to resolve a few key, but long-standing, administrative problems in the SFPD, resulting in marginalization and barely veiled opposition to her officers. City leaders seemed content to support costly SFPD officers and their police-union–driven priorities. Sometimes her inquiries weren't answered; no time was taken to sit down together, apply the city's prodigious resources, and come up with solutions to enhance the effectiveness of her proactive, crime-preventing neighborhood police force.
If we want to remember Officer Jane, let it be by increased public pressure in her name, demanding affirmative promotion of her Patrol Special Police as the asset they truly are to their private clients, and to all San Franciscans in neighborhoods where they serve.
Ann Grogan, J.D.
Pot Bill Not So Bad
Minor problem?: I would like to point out that medical marijuana will still be legal ["Bad Medicine," Chris Roberts, Sucka Free City, 5/19]. Anybody who says otherwise is ill-informed. The law makes it legal only for those 21 and older to smoke it without a license; it doesn't take away the right of younger individuals with medical needs to smoke or eat it.
How many pot arrests are made right now? Think about that number; keep it in your head. Now think about how many people currently smoke pot illegally (as in, they lack a medical card). Now compare those two numbers. As you can probably tell, using logic and reasoning and some basic math, all this law will do is make the penalty for giving marijuana to a minor about equal to giving that same minor alcohol or cigarettes. Would Oaksterdam University have approved of a law that harmed marijuana users overall, or made them unequal to alcohol and cigarette users?
This entire article is based on "facts" disseminated by various antipot groups in an attempt to thwart the legalization of the safest drug known to man. Heck, even our own bodies are more lethal to us than pot!
I urge the author to read the bill and consider the state of things, and the effectiveness of law enforcement under current stringent standards, where giving pot to anyone without a medical card is illegal and carries a stiff fine and possible prison sentence.
A Little Poison with Your Park?
Down with Roundup: Thanks to Chris Roberts for mentioning the use of Monsanto's Roundup by San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department ["Golficide," Sucka Free City, 5/5]. Unfortunately, the application of this horrifying compound is not limited to Harding Park. I recently photographed [herbicide] application notices throughout Golden Gate Park, including the front gate of the Botanical Garden (the information brochure sold at the garden bookstore includes the assertion that "we do not use herbicides").
On April 22 (Earth Day), I wrote to Gloria Koch-Gonzalez, manager of Golden Gate Park, asking why Roundup is being used. I received a brief reply stating that my inquiry had been forwarded to the Public Information Office and the Integrated Pest Management Office. I followed up this week with a second appeal for information, but have received no further reply.
The indication in Roberts' article that the spraying of this poison is a money-saving measure is beyond infuriating. I suggest instead the immediate firing of those responsible for endangering public health and turning our beautiful parks into toxic minefields.