Bed shortage is more of the same neglect

“San Francisco faces skilled-nursing bed shortage,” The City, Feb. 19
Bed shortage is more of the same neglect

Who is responsible for this mess? Didn’t we tear down and rebuild Laguna Honda from the bottom up just a few years ago to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars?

You mean to say the extensive planning that went into building the new Laguna Honda did not see this coming? If that’s the case, you need to thoroughly investigate the boondoggle behind such a gross misuse of the public coffers. Perhaps that’s where the real corruption in city government is to be found.

The post-acute care bed crisis joins a long list of policies of abuse and neglect from city government adversely affecting San Francisco’s seniors. A partial list starts with the SFMTA’s determination to cut the 33-Ashbury Muni bus direct service to the expanded San Francisco General Hospital and it’s numerous clinics.

Does The City need a lawsuit from the federal ADA to wake up City Hall to this outrage?

Don’t tell me it’s OK for seniors and disabled to transfer to the new 9-San Bruno street level buses, which are virtually and nearly always standing room only; a bus designed with a small fraction of the seats of the older style buses.

How do those service cuts serve patients on their way to care at SFGH? Sure, seniors can ride the bus free with some important caveats: Give up your privacy by submitting to the humiliation of surrendering sensitive documents, risking identity theft and worse, in return for a pass that provides increasingly reduced service.

Was the free senior pass an intentional scam designed to cover up Muni’s numerous cuts to service, to make it look as if SFMTA is doing more good than harm? I can just hear the clowns at the SFMTA laughing in the general direction of the Second Amendment to the California State Constitution, which guarantees the right to privacy.

Media let the behemoth known as the SFMTA get away with folding, spindling and mutilating the English language with lies such as their maliciously branded Muni Forward program, as Muni reduces bus stops on major lines such as the 14-Mission and the 38-Geary.

These cuts surely do not serve senior and disabled. They do more harm than good.

Nick Pasquariello
San Francisco

“Racism is alive and well in the SFUSD,” In My View, Feb. 25
Teenage racism a complex issue

I didn’t know whether to be amused by this article or annoyed by its lack of insight into teenagers. It became obvious that blaming the schools for not eliminating racism was a canard and a deception. Getting into teaching later in life, I’ve been with high schoolers for more than 24 years, and they’re still as prejudiced as ever and unabashedly aware of it.

Where’s their parents in all of this? Their youth culture and all that entails? And the images from media and other sources? Those all have a significant part in teenage racism and the results are candidly apparent in school settings.

If you really want to see the whole picture, then come to a professional, a teacher who lives with those kids everyday, raising them when their parents can’t.

Racism is a pernicious evil with deep American roots. Only a concerted approach, accommodating long stretches of time, might eventually vanquish it. Piecemeal doesn’t work.

Gordon Robertson
SFUSD teacher
San Bruno

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