Hospital's spin offers us a bizarre reality

How sad that it's "unethical" for doctors at Children's Hospital to provide a feeding tube for Jahi McMath's transfer to another facility, yet it's perfectly ethical for those same doctors to remove the girl's life support after their routine surgery left her brain dead.

In the ugly argument over how dead the patient is, no one is answering an uglier question: How and why did the child end up in this condition? It seems the hospital's spin doctors have done a far better job than their medical doctors.

Chuck Afflerbach

Oakland

Why would another facility treat Jahi?

My heart broke when I heard about what had happened to Jahi McMath.

My great nieces had their tonsils and adenoids out last year at Children's Hospital, and we were all anxious. Everything went fine. Tragically, this was not the case for Jahi.

Now I feel even more sad for her that she will be kept alive on a machine because her family cannot accept the prognosis. Why would another care facility want to feed into a grieving family's unrealistic expectations by offering to care for a brain-dead child? Could it be greed?

I pray the family of Jahi will come to accept the prognosis and let Jahi go in peace.

Diane E. McCan

Oakland

Make Chevron execs live near the plant

This is in response to a recent editorial regarding the report on the Chevron refinery blast.

I think the paper's analysis is missing a key element. A good and permanent solutions to these kinds of problems is not to levy a host of regulations and oversight on such industries.

Instead, only one rule is needed: The offices and residences of corporate executives of industrial producers must be co-located with the company's industrial operations.

I am certain that Chevron executives, working in a beautiful business park in San Ramon and residing in nearby Blackhawk, would be a bit more diligent about plant safety, pollution and compliance if they were required to work and live where they produce.

Such a common-sense approach seems to have worked wonders in the Netherlands, where no one is allowed to live on high ground. Instead, government officials and the wealthy alike must live in the lowlands along with everyone else. Unsurprisingly, levy failures are quite rare.

Jon Barrilleaux

Oakland

Bible backs views Robertson offered

Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" made some statements to GQ that have been called racist, homophobic, insensitive and many other things. Many people find it easy to label him but are unwilling to target the source, which is the Bible, with the same labels.

There is no middle ground with God. You just can't take what you like and reject what you don't like, if you truly believe. The Bible is mostly about moral positions and how we are to think and live.

Our leaders and shapers of public opinion serve their own beliefs and the power they hold, instead of embracing God's wisdom that is given to them in Romans 1, which totally backs up Robertson.

We, as Christ's followers, are to dislike the sin but love the sinner.

We all continually try to assume the role of God and change the blueprint he gave us, then wonder why our life/society doesn't work right. It is our own selfish deception that we suffer from.

Michael Austin

Castro Valley

A resolution for 2014: Try going meat-free

When making your New Year's resolutions, consider the popular trend toward a healthy, eco-friendly, compassionate meat-free diet.

According to Harris Interactive, 47 percent of American consumers are reducing their consumption of animal products. USDA projects this year's per-capita chicken and beef consumption to drop by 8 percent and 17 percent, respectively, from their 2006 peaks.

Similar dramatic drops are projected for pigs and turkeys. Milk consumption has fallen by a whopping 40 percent since 1970.

A number of celebrities are going vegan. They include Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Z and Beyonce. Microsoft founder Bill Gates, PayPal founder Peter Thiel, and Twitter founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams are funding plant-based replacements for meat and eggs.

Fast-food chains such as Subway and Chipotle are responding to the growing demand by rolling out vegan options.

How about dropping animals from the menu for this New Year's resolution? Entering "Meatout Mondays" in a search engine brings tons of useful recipes and transition tips.

Milton Connley

Oakland