A disaster without DMC presence

The Napa earthquake sent more than 200 people to hospitals.

What if that quake had hit at 3 p.m. on a weekday in the area Doctors Medical Center serves -- Crockett to El Cerrito? Children would have been in school, people at work or shopping, resulting in untold injuries.

DMC no longer accepts patients requiring an ambulance. Let's explore the worst case scenario, a major earthquake. Where would these people go? Kaiser Richmond, with limited emergency-room beds? Or Alta Bates in Berkeley; ever try getting there via Ashby Avenue any time of the day? Should those needing immediate care cross the Carquinez Bridge to Sutter or Kaiser in Vallejo?

Presently, those living in the area served by DMC are at risk. It's a fact that the sooner patients are seen in the ER in cases stroke or heart attack, the better the outcome. Such emergencies take place daily.

I, and others, voted against another tax increase to support DMC, which was a shortsighted mistake. So how do we fix this? Our local politicians and medical professionals must find a solution.

Bill Miller

Pinole

Must stop the demand for ivory

This is in response to the letter from Lois Olmstead, "Must end slaughter of world's elephants."


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The Chinese will not stop those who slaughter elephants for ivory, or sharks for shark fin soup, until people start wearing panda bear fur coats.

Robert Contreras

Benicia

Chicken hawks should butt out

I am so glad we have Gregg Manning to oversee President Barack Obama's strategy in Iraq.

It was evident in his letter Aug. 21 letter, "Airstrikes not being conducted properly," that airstrikes just aren't enough and we need 10,000 troops on the ground to finish off President George W. Bush's well-planned war.

We need more hawks like Manning to assure that Obama will keep throwing American bodies in front of the Islamic terror machine. You know, boots on the ground! Unfortunately, Manning didn't spell out what "unintended consequences" will arise from the airstrikes.

I suggest Manning and his ilk just butt out. Obama gets enough flack from the right-wing flame throwers on radio and TV and Congress. He shouldn't have to put up with one little chicken hawk from Clayton.

Jerry Blair

Walnut Creek

Alameda Food Bank fills need

Thanks for your article about the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Berkeley prepares bag lunches Monday mornings for day-laborers waiting for work outside Truitt & White and other companies.

We were doing this before joining the food bank -- constantly begging for money, discounts and help. We make about 70 bag lunches now, when work is available, to about 120 bag lunches in midwinter.

Bakeries, Semifreddi and Acme donate gourmet bread. Gardeners donate fresh lettuce and basil. Two of our volunteers are church members, the rest are from the community. Most are low income, but they want to help others who are more needy.

With the low-cost tuna and free fruit and snacks from the food bank, we can self-fund all incidental costs.

Without the food bank's training, supplies and encouragement, this might have been too burdensome. Thanks to them, at least 70 low-income working men get one good meal weekly and their families get extra fruit.

The need's everywhere. The food bank, local businesses and individuals donating their surplus food helps fill the need.

Teddy Knight

Berkeley

Today's Christian Holocaust ignored

While the extermination of Christians in the Middle East has become this generation's Holocaust, most media remains apathetic to their persecution and genocide.

It's time for a humanitarian operation to save the remaining Christians in Iraq.

John L. Wright

Concord