Letters to the editor: Issue of Nov. 7, 2013

The importance of knowing CPR

Jerry Sack, a member of the Rancho Bernardo Community Council, recently attended a memorial service for a neighbor at a church in Poway. Jerry is a retired fire chief. Toward the end of the service, Jerry heard another neighbor scream out his name as an 87-year-old was unconscious, slumped over a church pew.

Jerry immediately went into action, first asking someone to call 9-1-1 and then attempting to obtain a pulse and establish an airway. Several others helped Jerry move the person to the aisle, at which time Jerry loosened the person’s shirt to obtain a faint pulse.

While Jerry was doing all of this, a church staff member arrived with an automatic external defibrillator (AED). At this point, first responders arrived and transported the person to Pomerado Hospital in stable condition.

Besides recognizing Jerry Sack for his willingness to come to the assistance of someone in distress, this is an excellent time to remind everyone of the importance in learning basic CPR and how to utilize an automatic external defibrillator (AED). The Rancho Bernardo Community Council will be hosting the third annual CPR/AED training for all ages Saturday, Nov. 23. The free training sessions are 30 minutes long and can help you save a life. For more details, visit www.RBCommunityCouncil.com or email RBCommCouncil@aol.com.

Our hats are off to Jerry Sacks for coming to the aid of another.

Robin Kaufman,

President, RB Community Council

Colummnist's head in the sand

The latest liberal cackling from columnist Amy Roost (Oct. 17) is one of the most foolish missives I’ve ever read. She frequently sticks her head in the sand, but this time she’s imbedded upside down, with her legs waving helplessly.

To preposterously propose that, “Government will never be the problem,” is simply a futile exercise in naiveté. Tell this to the survivors of the Holocaust, where millions were the victims of government gone awry. Tell this to the ghosts of the millions Stalin murdered in the Soviet Union. I could fill pages with historical facts of our own conflicts with other misguided governments with which we went to war...attempting to save the lives of innocents.

Here at home, we have a federal government that our Founding Fathers could never have imagined, the size of which is an enormous problem in itself. We need a government at the national level that is about one-tenth the size of the present monstrosity. Reducing the size would in itself solve most of our financial problems.

I find it strange that Ms. Roost wants to make her point in beating her drum for big government by boosting local government in the form of the fire department. This actually coincides with my beliefs. Strengthen state and local government, like our forefathers would have strongly suggested, letting abominations like Obamacare implode on their own (I predict it will).

By the way, “To Serve and Protect” is the motto of the Los Angeles Police Department, not the government, per se.

Buz Rufe,

Poway

'Secret Service' responds

I read an article about Poway Secret Service, (

www.powaysecretservice.com

) about people taking care of little things the City of Poway needs done. On Saturday morning, I asked if someone could cut branches that hung on the sidewalk across from Sprouts on Pomerado Road as I had to duck to use the sidewalk. On may way home a short time later, I noticed that the branches had been cut back.

What an awesome service, and so are the volunteers.

Sandy Moll,

Poway

More on minimum wage

In last week’s letters to the editor, Joseph Grieco called my attention to a Paul Krugman article written in the New York Times in February of this year concerning raising the minimum wage as “good policy.”

This is old news, in that it had been addressed in the threaded discussion following online publishing of my letter. In fact, the article states that Krugman believes that this is “good politics,” as well.

Mr. Grieco, however, makes a very valid point. He advises “...employers who can’t afford to pay an adult $360 a week: Do the work yourselves.” That is exactly what will happen. The employee who had a job at $7.25 an hour now has no job at $9 an hour.

Jack Russ, Poway

   
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