Letters: Man is ill and deserves care 

"North Beach fixture shaken after being hurt in shooting," The City, Tuesday

Man is ill and deserves care

I hope the Police Department doesn't take the shooting of Roy Mottini less seriously because it involved an elderly, mentally ill victim, that it didn't result in a homicide or that it reportedly involved a racial provocation uttered by a white man against a black person?

It may not be acceptable or politically correct to utter hurtful racial slurs in normal society.

But Roy is far from normal. He is very clearly a mentally ill man. I often see him walking Columbus Avenue when I volunteer at a local church.

He has occasionally stopped in. Anyone, even a child, would readily, within seconds of encountering Roy, see that this man is psychotic and not in control of his mental faculties.

He can be unpleasant and provocative at times, even scary to those not used to seeing him around.

But it's unconscionable to shoot an unarmed, mentally ill, elderly man under any circumstance. This was a vicious, retaliatory act by a dangerous assailant.

Mottini, and any other person in his unfortunate circumstance, deserves the same justice, dignity and human rights as anyone else.

The police need to aggressively search out the perpetrator who committed this crime, and bring him to justice before his uncontrolled rage does even more harm. Please, San Francisco Examiner, keep pursuing this story to keep the pressure up on the police to do their job.

I think it was President John F. Kennedy who said decades ago that a society will be judged by the way it treats it's most vulnerable members. Roy is vulnerable and can't speak up for himself in a logical way. The rest of us can.

Patricia Dolan

San Francisco

"New shuttle hits South City," Peninsula, Nov. 14

Credit where no credit due

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate South San Francisco Mayor Karyl Matsumoto for being so instrumental in the creation of this new shuttle service after SamTrans modified so much of their service in town.

The rerouting of Route 133, disconnection of Route 132 and halving of Route 130 severely impacted many people, myself included. If it hadn't been for Matsumoto, transit in this city would have been destroyed by SamTrans' board of directors, of which she is a member.

Wait, what?

Yes, my fellow SamTrans riders, this is true. Matsumoto serves on the board and voted in favor of the service cuts that caused so much frustration.

Had Matsumoto not voted in favor of these cuts, she would not have the opportunity to be the champion of our new shuttle service.

Good job, Karyl. How very Machiavellian of you!

Abigail Ramirez

San Francisco

"Oakland continues protest for 2nd day," News, Nov. 26

We need to be more civil

After hearing the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson, Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown's mother, said, "We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction."

Alas, a peaceful, nonviolent reaction was not to be. The rioting and looting that followed in Ferguson and elsewhere, including Oakland and now San Francisco -- causing hundreds of thousands dollars of damage and some minor injuries -- are not the answer.

Ironically, the majority of businesses damaged or destroyed are minority-owned. This country needs another Martin Luther King to lead a resistance of racial injustice through mass civil disobedience, firmly founded upon total nonviolence.

Ralph E. Stone

San Francisco

"How to choose a new cellphone," Tech, Tuesday

Most useful phone feature

I recently upgraded my iPhone 5 to iOS 8 and have a crucial suggestion for CEO Tim Cook and Apple engineers for the next new thing: To vastly improve battery life.

The upgrades suck up so much power that I now have to carry around plug-in power lines to recharge my alleged portable device.

This is a huge issue when customers consider battery life and, well, plain-old basic dependability.

Jan Blum

San Francisco

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