Can't afford to lose St. Rose Hospital

Wake up, Hayward. We can't lose St. Rose Hospital. With Kaiser moving to San Leandro, Hayward won't have a hospital.

I just spent five days at St. Rose after a 911 call to the emergency room with heart problems. Thank God for the wonderful nurse caregivers and doctors. I am now back home. I was amazed at the care I received.

Jim Whitaker

Hayward

Column ignores many benefits of merger

Michael Hiltzik's recent online column opposing the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger ignores substantial community benefits from the deal.

Comcast will expand its respected Internet Essentials broadband adoption program to TWC communities to close the digital divide. This will make $10 broadband and affordable hardware and computer training available to thousands of low-income families in TWC communities.

The deal would spur new networks, independent programming, and promote diverse voices. Comcast helped launch networks like Aspire and El Rey, and entrepreneurs like Sean Combs and Mark Cuban have praised the deal as a game-changer for independents.

The deal also would bring higher broadband speeds to TWC communities, tens of thousands more streaming and on-demand programs, more high-definition channels and better mobile device access to cable TV. If there are a few examples of industry practices that need to be addressed, let's fix that. But let's not throw out the baby and ignore real tangible benefits to the community. The Jobs and Housing Coalition supports the merger.

Greg McConnell

President and CEO Jobs and Housing Coalition Oakland

'Stand Your Ground' inflames prejudice

This letter is in response to the recent column by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr., "Stand your ground laws are supposed to solve problems, not create them."

Middle-school drama is a common conversation with my 12-year-old daughter, where she shares stories of struggling relationships.

I often remind her of the importance of staying true to her beliefs and not allowing herself to be controlled. She responds, "I know what you mean, papa, you want me to stand my ground?"

Stand Your Ground laws, a close relative to what we teach our children, have now become a danger to the lives of our sons and daughters. Stand Your Ground laws state that, under certain circumstances, individuals can use force to defend themselves without first attempting to retreat from the danger.

Parents hope their children stand their ground with a tolerance and respect of self and others, even in disagreement. This timely lesson is now the fuel to the flame of prejudice, bias, injustice and racial profiling.

Mwapagha Mkonu

Oakland

Meat consumption presents health risk

A recent Time Magazine cites several reasons that vegetarians live longer. The article was prompted by a report in American Medical Association's Internal Medicine that a vegetarian diet lowers blood pressure, a key factor in risk of heart failure and stroke.

The Mayo Clinic notes that vegetarians are at lower risk for developing diabetes, another factor in heart disease. Indeed, an Oxford University study of 45,000 adults in last year's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to suffer from heart disease.

Moreover, researchers at California's Loma Linda University, examining records of 70,000 patients, concluded last year that a vegetarian diet protects against colorectal and other types of cancer.

It's no wonder that a 2012 Harvard University study of 120,000 people concluded that meat consumption raises the risk of total, heart and cancer mortality. A more recent six-year study of 70,000 patients at Loma Linda found that vegetarians have a 12 percent lower risk of death.

The good news is each of us can find our own fountain of youth by adopting a meat and dairy-free diet. An Internet search on "vegan recipes" or "live vegan" provides ample resources.

Samuel Bentino

Oakland

Brewer made right choice with her veto

I applaud Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for vetoing SB1062, which would have given businesses the right to deny service to members of the LGBT community.

Aside from putting Arizona back in the era of the Jim Crow south, the bill was nonsensical. First, the bill was too subjective in that service providers could use their own judgment as to whether two men or two women are a couple. Second, because statistics indicate that coupled LGBT individuals have a significant disposable income according to Experian Marketing (1.2 times their heterosexual counterparts), it was wise of her to veto the bill and not risk losing public- and private-sector business. Third, the bill does not recognize the ever-increasing influence that LGBT individuals have in society.

Regardless of any inherent or perceived motives, Brewer made the right decision and sent the Arizona House and Senate a strong signal that discrimination should not be tolerated.

Kurt Kleier

San Francisco