Letters From our Readers: No need for violent tone in baseball headlines

In the city of St. Francis, do we need to use violent-sounding language such as “Bash the Braves” on the Oct. 7 Examiner front-page wraparound?

My son and my whole family are avid Giants fans. My son sang the national anthem with his schoolmates at the Giants game for the second year in a row last Tuesday. Even though all of the Giants games he and I attended over the last dozen years ended up with the opposing team winning, my son never gave up on his home team. He kept the faith and was rewarded for his patience.

Composing a large-type headline that features an alliteration is fine. But we have to be careful that it does not incite nor encourage any postgame violent behaviors inside or outside the stadium.

Anh Le, San Francisco

Quake-safe hospitals

I applaud the much-needed ground-breaking of UCSF’s hospital in Mission Bay. And I am reminded that we cannot neglect the conditions of the other hospitals that also serve San Francisco. In 2010, our city of more than 750,000 people with nine hospitals has precious few facilities currently deemed likely to remain fully operational after a major earthquake.

The USGS predicts with 99 percent certainty that a major earthquake will hit California in the next 30 years. That is why the state Legislature passed SB 1953, mandating that all hospitals in California be rebuilt or retrofitted. California Pacific Medical Center’s proposed plans at Van Ness Avenue and Geary Boulevard and for upgrading St. Luke’s — like SF General, Kaiser, UCSF and others — include the needed seismic upgrade. Once implemented, the CPMC rebuild will dramatically increase the number of seismically safe beds. There is no time to delay.

Chris Poland, San Francisco

Big events help

The City Any event that brings in money to city coffers and builds the morale of The City is a great thing, regardless of whether one is interested in that particular event or inconvenienced for a short time. Life is about being able to adapt, improvise and overcome.

I myself live near Fort Mason and Pier 39. Two weekends a year brings my neighborhood a glut of tourists and traffic — the Fourth of July and Fleet Week. While I am not a big military plane buff, I am still proud of my neighborhood and my city, and having these massive crowds twice annually still makes me proud of the city I live in.

I will find my nice parking spot on Thursday night and prepare accordingly. Though traffic may even be too busy to get anywhere on public transportation, I have plenty of time to prepare for these events, and have done so accordingly. I look forward to seeing the happy faces of strangers, whose families revel in the pageantry of the event and are happy to brave the traffic to come to our fine city to enjoy the show.

Duane Tapken, San Francisco