Keep Tortured Metaphor to Yourself
Kids should ride Muni for free: Kindness of strangers? Did Joe Eskenazi even look at the funding sources that were carefully identified and secured to make this proposed program possible? Or is that too much like journalism ["The Kindness of Strangers," Sucka Free City, 2/22]? Or maybe he could have written a piece that weighs the relative merits of giving kids access to transit (when yellow school bus service is being phased out) versus making parents choose between access to education and food for their kids. Or the fact that Muni youth pass prices have doubled in recent years. Or the actual amount of the revenue to be replaced (which again has been identified) relative to MTA's budget. Instead of a lazy, tortured Tennessee Williams metaphor, maybe he could have done one shred of research, or asked the organizers of the campaign about their rationale for the campaign. I guess not.
When No One Offers a Seat
Send Elitists to Mumbai: Typical S.F. elitism by all ["Amazing Rants Overheard in San Francisco," Alan Scherstuhl, Sucka Free City, 2/22]. If this was Mumbai, people would fit twice as many people in that train car and nobody would complain. If someone has personal space issues, he should not be here.
Older citizens have a right to sit down: What the passenger labeled "Guy Sitting Nearby" and also the writer ignore is that the "retiree" is owed a seat — no matter what any passenger thinks about the biases she may express. If people bothered to read the signs, seats by the door are required by federal regulation to be yielded to seniors and people with disabilities. This is not a courtesy, nor should it need to be asked for. However, since so many passengers try to feign obliviousness, sometimes I believe it helps simply to stand in the doorway and block it from closing, while announcing that a seat needs be yielded for a senior or person with a disability. When passengers realize they may have some delay, suddenly they pay attention, not out of human kindness, but out of self-interest in getting to their destination.
Don't Give It to Billionaires
American's Cup floats on money: San Francisco giving away millions to billionaires: they must be laughing their heads off ["The Cup Runneth Over," Joe Eskenazi, feature, 2/15]! Congratulations, really, the America's Cup has been a joke for decades — boring races between two boats followed by never-ending lawsuits between the sailing teams. It is mostly an occasion to boost the ego of billionaires. Now it is also a way for the same people to make huge amount of money at the citizens' expense.
Blog Comment of the Week
Recapping a new classic through season two: Laura Beck and Meave Gallagher rock. I'm a stiff-upper-lip Brit living in the U.S., and have nearly died laughing reading all their episode reviews ["Downton Abbey Recap: Season 2, Episode 7: Christmas Extravaganza!" The Exhibitionist, 2/20]. Next season, my husband and I are going to skip the episodes and just come straight to their recaps — much better. They are pure dead brilliant.