I loved watching the Giants win Game 7 and am ecstatic to see them win the World Series. However, as much as I’m usually impressed with how well-spoken the Giants players are, I was upset by how ungracious the Giants were in their lack of acknowledging the talent and performances by Kansas City.
In all of the post-game interviews I watched, there were only two scant passing references I heard acknowledging the worthiness of the Royals as a formidable opponent. The absence of seeing the Giants tipping their hat to Kansas City, especially given that the Royals got to the series by the same kind of scrapping the Giants did, was disturbing to me.
I don’t recall ever seeing this kind of disregard for an opponent in a baseball series here, and since this is the ultimate baseball series, am embarrassed that this kind of silent disrespect should represent the attitude of the Bay Area, and hope to see the return of a shared fellowship in the sport in San Francisco that I'm more accustomed to experiencing.
My Blue Cross Blue Shield policy is scheduled to be canceled next summer because of Obamacare. We were promised that this would not happen. I have a very good policy with a low deductible. I have no pre-existing illnesses, but I want to have a choice in my medical providers, as I have always enjoyed. That is important to me as a former health care provider myself.
I do not qualify for a subsidy and was quoted a new premium that is close to 100 percent more than what I pay now (from $501 a month to just under $1,000 a month) for an individual policy. And to add insult to injury, from a $250 deductible to a $6,000 deductible. This is squeezing the middle class.
1. I watched the entire World Series (seven games) on Fox Deportes rather than Fox. My aim was to avoid Joe Buck. You may wonder why I didn't watch Fox while using the mute function of my television. The reason is that I wanted sounds of the game. Also, I got to learn a few words of Spanish and watch some interesting commercial advertisements. Try it some time.
2. Alex Gordon blew it for the Kansas City Royals. By not running hard out of the box (which even he admits, saying "Once I saw it get by him, I just put my head down and ran"), he lost the chance to score the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Given how difficult it had been for Royals batters to hit Madison Bumgarner, trying to score, even given his slow baserunning, was the team's only hope. I'll take my chances on the throw to the plate rather than on the next batter hitting Bumgarner. Royals fans are defending and protecting Gordon, but deep down they know he blew it for them. If I were a Royals fan, which I am not, I'd be angry rather than disappointed—or rather, angry as well as disappointed.
3. Before the seventh game started, I told John Sullivan in correspondence that San Francisco would win the game, 3-2. I nailed it. John called me Carnac, which is insulting. I'm far better than Carnac. I am Keith the Magnificent.
4. I predicted before the Series began that San Francisco would win. I said that the Giants have better starting pitching. They do, and they won.
5. I've had my fill of baseball for a few months. I enjoyed the season, especially since my Detroit Tigers won the Central Division again. I expect my Texas Rangers to be back in contention next. They had many injuries this season and got rid of their joke of a manager. When Ron Washington was hired several years ago, we were led to believe that he was a proponent of Small Ball. Ha! Like Earl Weaver, he worshipped the three-run homer. His worst sin was allowing Ian Kinsler to swing for the fences.
6. So-called home-field advantage didn't help the Royals this year. Since 2003, when the All-Star game began to be used to confer "home-field advantage" in the World Series, the team with that "advantage" has won eight World Series and lost four.
“Governor downplays possibility of tax-hike extension” (Oct. 28), said that “Democrats have fashioned a winning combination in power that includes a quality most often associated with Republicans—fiscal prudence.”
What fiscal prudence? The 2009-2010 state budget showed total agency spending of $119 billion. The 2013-2014 budget shows agency spending of $145 billion. That’s a 22 percent increase in four years.
Not a lot of Californians have seen their income go up 22 percent in four years. I’d hate to see what California Democrats would do if they didn’t feel constrained.
Although there may be some disagreement around the edges, most people agree that this country needs to build infrastructure, reform the tax code, adopt an enlightened immigration policy and improve our education system.
So why do our politicians continue to engage in destructive wrestling matches over social side issues instead of summoning the political will to address these economic issues? And why do we, the people, permit them to get away with it instead of exercising our collective electoral weight to replace them with leaders who will do the right thing?
JAY N. FELDMAN Port Washington, N.Y., Oct. 24, 2014
Note from KBJ: Jay Feldman hasn't noticed that values differ. It's one thing to say that the tax code should be reformed, but quite another to specify the reforms. Different people have different conceptions of what is "enlightened." Different people have different ideas about how to improve our educational system.
Since returning from Liberia, where I treated up to 80 Ebola patients a day for six weeks, I have been incredulous, shocked and now angry at the fearful, panicked and, yes, cowardly behavior of the American politicians and public. America needs to get a grip.
I risked my life day after day treating Ebola patients, donning protective equipment with my team. Why, as Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey implied, would I not comply with self-monitoring when it will be what saves me? Imagine the anxiety that I lived with upon my return wondering if my temperature would spike? Why does anyone think I would risk someone else’s catching Ebola? I have seen firsthand what an awful sickness it is.
A colleague of mine, Kaci Hickox, has been confined to a tent. At best she is going to be forced into a form of house arrest. Why?
There has not been one single case of Ebola infecting a member of the general public. Ebola cannot be transmitted when an individual is asymptomatic.
I feel ashamed to see how fear has a life of its own, with the result that I and my heroic colleagues are at risk of losing civil liberties for no reason other than political grandstanding and a lack of medically informed decision making.
DEBBIE WILSON Lenox, Mass., Oct. 27, 2014
The writer is a nurse.
To the Editor:
Some public officials and readers of this paper have claimed that those who favor mandatory enforced quarantine for those returning from Ebola sites in Africa are thinking in a panicked and unscientific manner. Those of us who support a mandatory quarantine are looking at the only two data points available, in Texas and New York, where health care workers’ decisions to self-monitor have endangered the public.
The decision to risk one’s life by flying to Africa and becoming immersed in the sad and dangerous situation there in an effort to help is noble, commendable and heroic. Why is it not reasonable to ask such health care workers to understand that three weeks of quarantine, even if it causes further inconvenience, is a logical and necessary part of their sacrifice?
Ebola is not about inconveniences. Must the wider public encourage such volunteering by endangering itself?