Letters: A life taken too early by war

A life taken too early by war

In celebrating Memorial Day and honoring those who have perished in war, I think not only of American servicemen and servicewomen who have sacrificed their lives, I also reflect on the life of my uncle, Dr. Pham Van Can, who died during the Vietnam War.

My uncle Can (“Cau Can”) was killed in Saigon in 1970 when a bomb detonated at a nightclub restaurant with his wife present. The bombing occurred during U.S. Sen. George McGovern’s visit to Saigon. McGovern strongly opposed the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

The evening news in the U.S. that day reported that the South Vietnam government blamed the “Vietcong” for the bomb detonation. One can be skeptical of the news report, and question the veracity of the news source. I do not know who really planned the bombing that killed my uncle Can.

This I know: When my uncle was killed, his young son was orphaned. His son sobbed as he embraced his father’s coffin. My uncle’s wife was widowed and she was seriously injured from the bomb blast, her face severely deformed.

My uncle, who had been drafted into the South Vietnam Army, was serving in the military. A top graduate of the University of Saigon School of Dentistry, he never had a chance to practice dentistry when his life was cut short.

The Vietnam War was a tragedy. Let us reclaim our belief in the sanctity of human life. Let us turn swords into plowshares. Let us work for peace in our world.

Anh Le

San Francisco

“Supervisor race likely decided by Chinatown,” The City, May 24

Readers should beware

The readers of The Examiner should be skeptical — very skeptical — when Joel Engardio takes a position based on his concern about “below-market renters.” This is what he did in his column supporting Julie Christensen for District 3 supervisor.

Engardio supports Christensen for supervisor! What a shocking revelation, Joel.

Engardio has never seen a luxury residential building that he didn’t like, including on our beautiful waterfront (e.g., the 8 Washington St. debacle). And, I presume, until she says differently, Christensen is of like mind with Engardio.

John M. Kelly

San Francisco

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