San Francisco first responders deserve our praise

We San Franciscans can be very proud of our firefighters and paramedics. Early Saturday evening, as I was preparing to listen to an outdoor concert at the Fillmore Center, an elderly man walked up slowly toward me and asked me to call an ambulance for him. In his slow and slurred speech, he said he was experiencing a stroke coming on, and that he was a past stroke victim.

Noticing his distress and discerning his acute stroke symptoms, I called 911.

While tending to the elderly man and making sure that he did not fall, I spoke to the 911 dispatcher.  He walked me through a series of questions to assess the man’s condition and relayed my answers to the responding fire station’s paramedics, who were on their way.

The four firefighters and paramedics arrived on the scene in four minutes. They tended to the man with great care and professionalism.

I wish to commend and thank Lt. David Morris, the leader; Mr. Paul Shagamazi, who quickly assessed the condition of the elderly man; their two colleagues from Engine No. 5; and also the dispatcher, whose ID number is 109.

Receiving quick medical treatment is critical for any stroke victim, and can save a life. The firefighters and paramedics who responded made a difference.

Anh Le
San Francisco


GOP can’t fix health care

In keeping with his vow to take down President Barack Obama, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has come up with the lamest right-wing rhetoric yet.

McConnell says we’ve got to repeal Obamacare. He also says the Republicans will come up with a better health care plan, one that is “fair and balanced” to all Americans.

Huh? After more than three years of obstructions, stonewalling and saying “no” to everything the president put forth, whether good or bad, they’re just going to draw up a health care plan now?

What I find even more amusing is that Obamacare is very similar to the plan used in Massachusetts, which was set forth by then-Gov. Mitt Romney. It’s a joke, and sadly the joke’s on us if Romney is elected.

While I find fault with Obama on other issues, this voter is not fooled for even one minute.

Herb Stark
Massapequa, N.Y.


Turf foes use scare tactics

A recent letter bemoaning the 9-1 vote of the Board of Supervisors to finally proceed with the long-anticipated turf soccer fields at Beach Chalet uses a bit of hyperbole to disguise the fact that the main opposition is really based on homeowners’ concerns about the lights that are slated to be installed (Letters, “Rubber turf no fun for kids,” Sunday). That’s an honest concern and deserves reasonable mitigation.  

The concerns expressed over the prospect of “the ripped turf spewing black industrial waste,” and the prospect of the fields becoming a toxic wasteland, are thinly veiled attempts at a different angle of argument. I conjured visions of a Golden Gate Park equivalent of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig ejecting a plume of oil onto the windmill, complete with oil-smeared Recreation and Park Department workers grimly assessing the situation.  

The thousands of youths who use this gopher hole-ridden soccer field, which is nearly unusable in winter, overwhelmingly support this project. They are very grateful for the support of the generous Fisher family and to the Board of Supervisors for facilitating a first-class recreational opportunity in a city  sorely lacking in them.

John Dillon
San Bruno

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