About your March 23 “Presently Tense” column, “Meltdown versus shutdown”: D.A. Kolodenko commented about well-paid nuclear-advocacy PR organs who have the audacity to use the threat of global warming to justify nuclear power. It wouldn't surprise me if the pro-nuclear PR organs are actually part of the same organizations or corporations as PR organs that deny the existence of global warming.
Regardless of whether both factions come under the same umbrella, I'd love to see them square off against each other; it would be one hell of a sleaze contest.
Dan Jacobs, Mira Mesa
Keep it SAFE
I think what SD SAFE does is important, especially the Motorist Aid of the Future Program [“SAFE deposit,” March 23]. Eddie Castoria is farsighted and deserves every penny he gets. I think it would be a shame to see the money be dissipated by the state.
William Smith, Del Mar
Editor's note: Mr. Smith served as legal counsel to the SD SAFE board.
Roberts is a hero
About your March 23 news story, “SAFE deposit”: I want to thank county Supervisor Ron Roberts for helping to fund San Diego Fire Rescue Department's Copter 1. Without his help, this vital regional service might not have come to fruition.
I was a crew chief on the copter. One morning we were doing a photo recon in the Mission Trails area when we heard a dispatch for a medical aid—vehicle vs. bicycle, westbound Highway 52. We asked dispatch to put us on the response because we were in the area and because we could render aid. We were added and responded with about a 20-second response time. Luckily there was an off-duty sheriff on scene. He had traffic stopped so we were able to land immediately. The patient was treated, packaged and transported. Two months later he was doing better than I ever expected and introduced his 4- to 5-year-old daughter to us at a community event. When she thanked us for saving her daddy, an emotional wave went through me and I couldn't even tell her she was welcome.
SD SAFE's mission might have originally been “narrow and simple.” But, if it weren't for the foresight of Roberts and others like him, many fire departments in rural areas would not have the necessary tools to perform extrications that now happen efficiently and expeditiously. This is true to SAFE's primary mission of public safety for freeway emergencies. The only difference in my book is it's a more direct benefit to the victim.
Greg Olsen, retired captain/crew chief, San Diego Fire Department
Zucchet got off easy
The only injustice to Mike Zucchet [“Injustice Served,” March 16] was the judge that overturned his conviction, proving once again that politicians get off when they commit crimes. Everything that happened to him was his own doing. He took money while promising to do favors. He wanted to shut down two strip clubs in Point Loma while at the same time taking money to help another strip club abolish the no-touch rule. What a hypocrite. He belongs in jail.
Todd Gilbert, North Park
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