Asian-American voter backs Obama 

My family and I are among Vietnamese-Americans and Asian-Americans across California and the U.S. who support the re-election of President Barack Obama. We are active in America for Obama and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Obama.

The media have often portrayed the Asian-American electorate as being “knee-jerk” voters who automatically favor Republican Party candidates and their tickets. This false stereotype perpetuated by the media is based simply on ignorance or lack of understanding of Asian-American communities in this country. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan do not represent the views and interests of Vietnamese-Americans and Asian-Americans, and we reject their candidacy.

It is critical that Vietnamese-Americans and Asian-Americans throughout California and the U.S., and all Americans, register to vote and go to the polls on Election Day.

Anh Le
San Francisco

Tourists thank Samaritans

Our family experienced the true magnificence of San Francisco. We would like to thank the kind strangers who helped us, the Fire Department, EMS and the emergency room personnel of St. Francis Memorial Hospital.

On Sept. 2, after a full day of experiencing the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Gardens, Union Square, Chinatown, etc., we were walking down Columbus Avenue when my husband, at a dark corner, did not see the curb, stumbled and tried to break his fall by hanging on to a pole. Unfortunately, the pole had brackets, and one pierced his arm deeply.

By the time we had him seated, helpful strangers had appeared. One had recently completed CPR training, and he suggested Steve place his arm on a ledge, keeping his arm higher than his heart. When someone mentioned the need for a tourniquet, someone else offered a piece of clothing. When the sirens began, two of the strangers went to the street to signal them. Their helpfulness and support were tremendously appreciated.

When we arrived at St. Francis hospital, Steve was immediately taken into a cubicle for care. The laceration was examined. The surgeon provided more than 20 mattress stitches, and the nurse brought extra supplies, knowing that we were tourists. When I asked about paying, it seemed like an afterthought. Their main concern was his care.
San Francisco is more than a rich ethnic center with fabulous museums, gardens and other tourist attractions.

Martha Crider
Bonita Springs, Fla.

Ditch tedious columnist

I was completely shocked by one of your letters (“Keep newspaper unbiased,” Letters, Tuesday). Right there in black and white was a letter suggesting that The San Francisco Examiner had become more left-of-center as of late.

The letter writer also lauded the work of Melissa Griffin. I find the politics of The S.F. Examiner far too right-of-center. And I loathe the writings of Ms. Griffin. If there was anything you could do to improve your paper, it would be to lose her shrill views and tedious column altogether.

Joe Wicht
San Francisco

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