09 June 2007

San Francisco' love afair with the military

Caught this on APS:

SAN FRANCISCO - The annual aerial show by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels — a San Francisco tradition dating back to 1981 that pumps millions into the local economy — is running into opposition from three local peace advocacy groups that are calling for a permanent halt to the popular Fleet Week flyover.
(read the rest here)

Now, I never got to be there for Fleet Week. Heck, we only stopped in San Fran once while I was in, and that was only a couple days. However, the City by the Bay has REALLY outdone themselves this time...

Why is it, they simply can NOT leave well-enough alone? Fleet week brings in millions of dollars to the community, doesn't really cause much disruption, and gives some disadvantaged kids the chance to really think about a career that can get them out of the cesspool of their lives. Yet the anti-war crowd seems to want to stop it entirely...

The suggestion has been made that maybe, we should pull any military presence out of such cities, and let them stand on their own when disaster strikes: can you imagine the problems that would arise should another decent earthquake hit, and suddenly there's no National Guard to help the good citizens of San Fran? "Gee... we're sorry you're having these troubles. But you made it fairly clear y'all wanted nothign to do with the military, and we respect your wishes. So we really can't send troops in to help you clean things up..."

Can you imagine the hue and cry that would result? Think maybe some would realize the error of their ways?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I live in San Francisco and I am tired of the Supervisor's wasting my tax dollars and their time on issues where they have no control. Please post this help us get San Francisco back. I live in San Francisco and on Friday I was watching the morning news and I learned that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering a policy to ban the Blue Angels during Fleet Week. Since the tragic accident in South Carolina the US Navy has cleared the Blue Angels to perform. I am under impression this is more of political move than an issue about safety. Historically you'll see that the Blue Angels have an excellent safety recorded and the FAA and US Navy take every effort to protect the pilots and the spectators. The pressure to cancel the Blue Angels is coming primarily from special interest groups not San Francisco residents. Keep in mind that Fleet Week generates over $4 million in revenue for the city annually.

In addition to safety Code Pink sites "fuel waste" as an issue. We would save more fuel and energy if everyone in the city used energy saving light bulbs than an annual 2 day air show. See link below. Buy am energy saving light bulb and spend your on educating American's on that issue. The airhsow is not only a point of pride for citizens also for the men and woman in the arm services. This is chance from them to display their professional excellence with honor.

This policy is being considered and introduced by Chris Daly (Chris Daly | chris.Daly@sfgov.org 415-554-7970) NEXT WEEK, therefore please take just a moment and email your Daly and the Supervisor today. Additionally, take a few moments and email this to your friends, family and co-workers. If you're not a resident please email the Mayor.
Keep in mind we don't have any special interest groups to help us this is entirely a grassroots effort. If you want to save the Blue Angel's please act today and encourage others to do so as well.
Thank you,

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I want the Blue Angels to continue to perform at Fleet Week as they have for years. In addition to clear economic benefits of the event this is an annual tribute which I have enjoyed with my friends and family for years. Please do not let special interest groups take away one of the most unique events in San Francisco.
Thank you.

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