Concussions are issue even in pro football 

In “Parents, put your fears aside — let kids play,” from the Monday San Francisco Examiner, Bob Frantz responds to statistics on brain trauma from playing football — estimated to total 4 million annually — by blithely commenting that statistics do not show how many concussions are caused by “poor technique, poor coaching and lack of trust between players, parents and coaches.”

Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, has suffered two concussions already in his young career, and veteran Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered four concussions so far. I bet Rodgers and Roethlisberger had great coaching and learned excellent technique, yet still suffered concussions.

Glib solutions only divert the debate away from what is a national public health crisis of athlete concussions.

Ralph E. Stone, San Francisco

Subway is for tourists

The San Francisco Examiner’s Monday article about a reporter footracing the 30-Stockton bus line was cute, but it is mistaken to think the Central Subway would put the bus out of business. In fact, if it is ever finished it would offer a short, fast trip to Union Square with an ascent from some 60 feet below ground and a walk to Market Street where most people are going.

The 30-Stockton bus will still be going, hopefully with new equipment, while the $1.5 billion Central Subway mistake will serve to carry a few tourists from Caltrain or Union Square to Chinatown while inconveniencing thousands of  T-Third Street riders who would like to connect with Market Street routes. Thanks, Willie Brown and Rose Pak.

Bob Rose, San Francisco

Empowering employees

Your Monday San Francisco Examiner cover story probably pleased everybody who thinks Bay Area transit workers get too much money or too many benefits. But have you ever stopped to think that the problem might be that private sector workers get paid too little?

Do some research and find out what workers fought for in the ’30s — and got until the ’80s. Then compare that with what businesses pay today. And find out what workers in most European countries are getting too.

Card check will not abolish union secret-ballot elections. Rather, it will be up to the workers being organized as to whether they want an election, or they want the employer to accept their “Union Yes” cards. Right now, it is up to the employers whether or not there is an election. They can accept card check if they want, but almost none do.

Michael J. Benardo, San Francisco

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