Letters: Historical perspective on arena complaints 

“City confident in plan for new arena traffic,” The City, Thursday

Historical perspective on arena complaints

What short memories the anonymous guardians of UC San Francisco ambulances and lamenters of parking garages have.

For three generations, the 60,000-seat Kezar Stadium was closer to the main entrance of the UCSF hospital on Parnassus Avenue than the proposed 18,000-seat Warriors arena will be to the main entrance of UCSF Mission Bay.

Yet never in those generations — and thousands of 49ers, USF and high school games and traffic — were there reported complaints about ambulance access.

With 200 events per year scheduled and perhaps an hour or two of heavy traffic at each, that means that 99.6 percent of each year will be free of arena traffic that might affect ambulances.

As for parking, there was none at Kezar. The Warriors will build almost 1,000 spaces and the Giants are about to build several thousand spaces virtually adjacent to the new arena. Several thousand spaces already exist at UCSF garages, largely empty at nights and weekends when events will be scheduled.

Stan Horn

San Francisco

“Let us not forget the Vietnam War,” Opinion, April 30

A most atrocious war

It was 40 years ago, on April 30, 1975, that the last fleeing helicopter lifted off the roof of the American Embassy and the first tanks of the North Vietnamese smashed through the gates of the presidential palace a few blocks away.

I was a student at Menlo-Atherton High School in 1969 and I went to Stanford University to protest the Vietnam War. I was drafted in 1972 as I quit UC Berkeley and they drafted me! Thank God I didn’t go, as the war ended in 1975.

These kids were cruelly beaten, maimed and shot to death to protest a war that was unjust. America slaughtered its youth and wrecked its economy.

I worked as a volunteer counselor at the VA Hospital in Menlo Park for 17 years as a music therapist. I worked mostly with Vietnam vets. Now they are suffering the consequences of Agent Orange. The Vietnamese Red Cross says as many as 3 million people have been affected by the chemical, including at least 150,000 children born with severe birth defects. Every time we invade a little country, we are showing the world how small we really are.

Vietnam suffered so much: Two decades of war with the U.S. that left 2 million Vietnamese dead and 1 million missing. There was so much death and destruction and carnage. Some 58,000 American soldiers were killed, along with an estimated 3 million Vietnamese, military and civilians, in the north and south. What war couldn’t do, peace has done, and Vietnam has become another convert to capitalism.

Ted Rudow III

Palo Alto

Show her you really care with soy

Dairy-free Mother’s Day

We all look forward to Sunday, when we celebrate Mother’s Day and the cherished bond between mother and child. Ironically, dairy cows — worldwide symbols of motherhood — never get to see their babies.

The newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth and turned into veal cutlets, so we can drink the milk that nature designed for them.

The distraught mothers bellow for days, hoping for their return.

Most cows spend their lives chained on a concrete floor, with no access to the outdoors. Each year, they are impregnated artificially to keep the milk flowing. When their production drops, around 4 years of age, they are turned into hamburgers.

This Sunday, let’s honor motherhood and our natural compassion by replacing cow’s milk and other dairy products, all laden with fat and cholesterol, with delicious, healthful, cruelty-free nut or soy-based milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream. These are available in every supermarket. Mother cows, and our own bodies, will be most grateful.

Sal Fuentes

San Francisco

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