Way to Go
A fascinating way to see the state: I love road trips and am familiar with almost every mile covered in this odyssey ["In Transit," Joe Eskenazi, Feature, 6/22]. What a great, eccentric idea done justice by the right tone and style. Cheers to Eskenazi.
Why transfer when one bus can do it all?: Just sad. The writer is trying to do it the hard way when it's way more convenient to just buy a Greyhound bus ticket and go from downtown San Francisco to downtown Los Angeles. It would be like in Japan trying to go from Tokyo to Osaka on all local trains instead of taking the vastly more convenient Shinkansen [Japanese bullet train].
Joe Eskenazi responds: Yes, taking the Greyhound to Los Angeles would have been easier than a 16-part trip on local public transit. But an article about how a direct line to L.A. goes directly to L.A. would have been akin to a magician pulling a rabbit out of a rabbit hutch. The sole conceit of this article was to take only local public transit between San Francisco and Los Angeles. We'll take you at your word on the Japanese analogy.
Bay Area Techies from Afar
Hire at home first, U.S. citizens need jobs: Everyone wins except for exploitative bosses ["Insourcing," Matt Smith, Column, 6/22]? How about 40-plus-year-old American-born tech workers who can't compete with H1-Bs [nonimmigration visa program for foreign workers] who work for half as much and save money by living in group apartments with other H1-Bs? Does Smith really think it's healthy to have an entire industry that employs only 20-year-olds and H1-Bs whose visas are held by the employers? There is a huge number of unemployed adult tech workers in the Bay Area who have been driven out of the profession by the H1-Bs. This is not healthy.
When Jobs Become Fatal
There's a gender factor in occupational hazards: I found it curious that Joe Eskenazi's article ["The Dead Pool," Sucka Free City, 6/22] saw fit to omit the most salient, indeed, shocking statistic from his source document [U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 2011], namely that a whopping 4,216 men died in the workplace in 2009 compared to only 335 women. If 93 percent (or even 60 percent) of workplace deaths that occurred were women, I suspect Eskenazi would have told readers about it.
At the National Coalition for Men, we feel that the hugely disparate impact on men of workplace fatalities should be better publicized. Government resources should be devoted to saving working men's lives, as they are already (properly) being spent in numerous areas to promote women's health. Men often feel that to prove their value and to be loved, they must take on the riskiest work. All too often, they die as a result, and the effects ripple throughout society of losing our husbands, brothers, fathers, grandfathers, sons, friends, and co-workers.
Blog Comment of the Week
In response to a blog post about the minimal Google search bar doodle for Gay Pride Month: This is lame! With all the petty complaining my fellow homos are doing about being slighted these days, gay truly is the new black ["Google Doodle Just Isn't Gay Enough," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 6/21]. There is an endless plethora of terms that Google would have to research to ensure the rainbow popped up every time something homo-related was typed in on the search bar. Is that necessary? Gay people use the rainbow as a symbol of pride on bumper stickers, mugs, hats, penis tats, etc., and now all of a sudden it isn't good enough? We need more? Really?
With HIV rampant in our community, drug abuse widespread, marriage rights being denied, and civil rights violations still occurring, the last thing we should be concerning ourselves with is if a friggin' rainbow pops up when someone Googles Harvey Milk or cock rings. Get over it. Sheesh!