Saturday, September 13, 2008

Still not into that bridge barrier, huh?

Maybe something like this might help you think again:

Newsom doesn't 'get it'

My daughter, Casey, was a big fan of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's. He even gave the commencement speech this year at Redwood High where she would have graduated had she not ended her life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.

Unfortunately, the mayor copped-out on the bridge suicide barrier issue.

I find it hard to believe that he "wrestled" with this issue. What is it about "impulse suicide" and "means restriction" that he doesn't understand? How can he not be utterly ashamed of himself that this bridge is in a class by itself as the overwhelming world leader in deaths.

The second deadliest bridge in the U.S. hosts one-tenth the suicides as his "iconic" bridge does, and it is getting a barrier!

Every other world-class city that has "wrestled" with this issue put saving lives first.

Why does everyone else get it but San Francisco's mayor?

John Brooks, Tiburon

I didn't know this until recently, but a bridge 'barrier' doesn't have to obstruct views of the bay - it can be set down below the railing, so that anyone who jumps gets caught by a big net-like thing.

I'm for the barrier/net.

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