➤ “Fleet Week: Avalos gets his wish,” Letters, Opinion, Tuesday
Blue Angels are a nuisance
Letter writer Edmund Lee characterized the absence of the Blue Angels and Fleet Week as a triumph for Supervisor John Avalos, and as a loss of visitors and their money.
What is at best difficult to gauge, however, is how many people leave The City or stay away because they find the sudden, thunderous bursts of noise from the Blue Angels’ flyovers more than a little disconcerting. Moreover, there are businesses in The City whose equipment the jets’ noise and vibration render inoperable. That, too, translates into money lost.
The Blue Angels fly in tight formation, at high speed and at low altitudes. Over a populated area, that creates a grave risk to public health and safety. Hundreds of thousands of people who live and/or work in San Francisco share Avalos’ desire to have the Blue Angels’ aerial displays here halted or at least routed away from The City’s land mass.
➤ “On the edge: House plan fails; Senate holds hope,” News, Wednesday
GOP acting recklessly
Many people experience the government shutdown as rhetorical sound bites volleyed between adversarial political parties. For me, it just got very close and personal.
My 19-year-old son has been serving in the AmeriCorps for the past year assisting the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Oklahoma tornado and Colorado flood disaster responses. I just learned that he and his AmeriCorps colleagues continue to serve at those fragile sites during the shutdown without compensation. His instinctive response to my parental concern was, “Dad, when you spend time with and help people who have lost everything, it really puts life into perspective.”
If only congressional Republicans bent on gutting the Affordable Care Act possessed such clarity of purpose as my 19-year-old son, countless innocent citizens serving our country would not be the victims of such recklessness.
A bisected government
Currently, the Republicans control one-half of our government and are forcing President Barack Obama to be on the defensive. They control the Supreme Court and the House of Representatives. That leaves the Democrats with the Senate and the presidency.
So the three branches of American government are split with one and a half each way. What a perfect formula for gridlock.
➤ “Prop. D can help city fight cost of prescriptions” Editorial, Tuesday
Prop. D is misguided
In San Francisco, everyone is guaranteed health care via The City’s emergency hospital service, jails and health centers, which are mostly paid for by the taxpayers of San Francisco. San Francisco voters are being asked to vote yes on Proposition D to set The City on a path toward providing affordable medications for everyone.
Since virtually everyone is on medications, from the just born to the elderly, if The City and San Franciscans are to get reduced-cost medications, and the medical companies are to retain their successful business model to remain a viable business, who will be paying for the difference — or will the quality or availability be reduced?
Knowing that this solution will work until the money of other payers runs out, I will be voting no on Prop. D.