Reporters need to watch their language

“Thief snatches elderly woman’s purse,” Crime Ink, Nov. 5

Reporters need to watch their language

Really now? “Elderly” is now age 52? Isn’t it about time the Examiner gets with it, and stops pushing us into an early grave?

Webster’s says elderly means very old. So if we are now living into our 80s and 90s being rather healthy, we’ll be “very old” for about 40 years? Wow.

As a healthy, fit, still working, high-school-weight 73-year-old, I might as well give up and die. My 11-year-old nephew better watch out. I imagine he will get elderly in a few more years.

Ann Grogan

San Francisco

“Merchants seek to slow rapid transit,” The City, Nov. 5

Geary BRT falsehoods

David Heller and his Geary Street Merchants Associations have for more than 30 years aggressively and successfully opposed any transit improvements on Geary Street for their own, narrow self interests, thus saddling the Richmond district residences with poor service to downtown. Now they are at it again, putting forward falsehoods and misrepresentations about the proposed Geary Street Bus Rapid Transit project.

All of the people who want to improve transit in San Francisco should recognize their irresponsible behavior and ignore their claims.

James W. Haas

San Francisco

“The story behind Orphan Andy’s,” Hoodline, Nov. 3

Proud of Orphan Andy’s

Thank you for the article celebrating 40 years of Orphan Andy’s in the Castro and owners Dennis Zieball and Bill Pung.

A couple of years ago, I was struggling to help a homeless woman, J, in the neighborhood. She and her cat had been on the streets for years and she disliked and distrusted government.

I learned that she regularly spent mornings at Orphan Andy’s and the owners were welcoming and kind.

I started working through Bill and Dennis and with the help of AIDS Housing Alliance and SFHOT she was housed. Bill Pung actually brought her to see her housing and be provided the trust that was essential to team success.

Orphan Andy’s is iconic to the Castro and Bill and Dennis contribute in so many meaningful ways to our community.

Bevan Dufty

Former director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement

“Editorial misses mark,” From Readers, Nov. 8

Letter lacks civility

I was offended by John Dillon’s letter to the editor in your Sunday edition.

It had the tone of a bitter and ugly rant, offering no constructive criticism of the editorial it was responding to.

What I found most offensive, however, was the inclusion of crude gutter language in the letter, something you would never include in your editorials or your news copy. Newspapers should have standards for the language they let into print. Some of the terms used by the writer would in no way meet standards of decorum or “civility” and should have been rejected by your editors.

Also, what business does the writer, who identified himself as a San Bruno resident, have commenting on an election in San Francisco?

John Hayes

San Francisco

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