Enforce law on priority seating

BART should knock off the hypocrisy and remove the signs that read "Federal law requires that these seats be made available to seniors and persons with disabilities." There is not even the most feeble attempt to enforce the law.

What is needed is a sign that says, "If you are not age 65 or older and do not have a disability, sitting in these seats is illegal." These seats should be as off limits as handicapped parking spaces.

I spent one trip from Embarcadero to Dublin-Pleasanton standing, while the 20-something person occupying the reserved seat spent the entire time assiduously avoiding eye contact.

I travel from the Dublin-Pleasanton station to San Francisco periodically. I am just shy of 78 years old and have been dealing with cancer, surgeries, hospitalizations and chemo and radiation therapies.

However, they have not destroyed my sense of common courtesy and civility, and I will always offer my seat to those who seem to need it.

Phillip Krapf

San Ramon

Special thanks to the Fremont paramedics

We want to extend a very special thank-you to the Fremont paramedics who assisted my husband Oct. 7.

We have lived in Fremont since 1960 and were always glad that we were within a few blocks of Fire Station 1. We also were happy to vote for the addition of paramedics when that was on the ballot years ago.


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Although we have never needed the services before this, it was a real blessing they were there. My husband felt dizzy Sunday morning. Our grandson took one look at him and called 911. The paramedics were there in moments, and he was transported to Kaiser hospital. He's back home now with a pacemaker and starting to get back some strength from a week's stay in the hospital.

We don't remember any of the paramedics' names, but I will never forget seeing the young, tall, slender paramedic and his partner pick up my husband and take him to the gurney for transport. They really know their stuff. Thank you.

Richard and Barbara Cannizzaro

Fremont

McGovern's legacy lives in fighting hunger

Recently we lost former U.S. Sen. George McGovern. Although many will recall his disastrous 1972 loss to Richard Nixon and his subsequent leadership in getting us out of Vietnam, his truly lasting legacy will be his war on hunger and malnutrition.

In 1977, following extensive public hearings, McGovern's Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs published Dietary Goals for the United States, a precursor to today's Dietary Guidelines. It marked the first time that a U.S. government document recommended reduced meat consumption.

The meat industry forced the committee to destroy all copies of the report and to remove the offending recommendation from a new edition. It then abolished the committee, voted McGovern out of office, and warned government bureaucrats never to challenge meat consumption again. ("Food Politics" by Marion Nestle, 2007).

Yet, after 35 years of additional studies linking meat consumption with elevated risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and other killer diseases, the MyPlate icon, representing USDA's current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, recommends vegetables, fruits and grains, but never mentions meat, and shunts dairy off to one side. (www.choosemyplate.gov).

And it all started with one brave senator from South Dakota.

Milton Connley

Oakland