Letters from the week of November 26

Feature: “Stop Hugging Us,” November 5

Critical Thinking

I am the operations manager for a munici­pality outside San Antonio, Texas. We cover a little over 120 square miles and we’re the EMS provider for eight cities spanning parts of three counties. Many times I am contacted by fire department personnel, volunteers, dispatchers, etc., looking for the Critical Incident Stress Management team.

The last real session we had was back in 2001, involving a police officer of ours who had been in a terrible accident. I was a field medic then and remember the disgust I had for the well-meaning counselors who came out “to help” hours after we’d already spent the rest of the afternoon talking between ourselves.

We’ve had critical calls since, obviously, but saw no reason for calling in any “teams.” My question is, where do we go from here? We know what hasn’t worked, but what direction is researcher Bryan Bledsoe heading in?

Amy Smith
Schertz, Texas

Tell Him Your Troubles

I have been in the fire service since April 1960 and I have seen a lot. The fire service has been under attack more as the years go by. There is only one solution that works, and I have been spreading it for a while. Jesus Christ is my counselor and he has the best manual ever, the Holy Bible.

Sam A. Tabor
Schriever, Louisiana

Café: “My Dinner With the Robot,” July 23

Have You No Seoul?

After reading Charles Ferruzza’s review of Chung’s Rainbow Korean Restaurant, I thought he could use a few cultural tips in writing. I recently graduated college and have been living for one year as an English teacher in South Korea. I have had the delightful pleasure of eating almost nothing but Korean food for this duration.

The writer seems to not be able to divide the typical aesthetics of an Applebee’s from what is to be aspected from a completely separate cultural idea of a restaurant.

First, Korean restaurants typically don’t require much charm in design. It is created by the families inside enjoying their food and each other’s company.

Even the idea of walking into a Korean restaurant and expecting the pancake to be anything close to a buttered mound of flour and syrup just makes laugh. Yes, the pancake has squid in it. It’s Korean food, not IHOP!

Last, the jealousy the writer seemed to have over the other table receiving their “ice-cream sundae covered with fresh kiwi” and pouted that the waiter “never mentioned dessert to us, which was probably just as well.”

Let me tell you that I have not been to this restaurant before, but I can almost guarantee that once again the table over was not getting the Sonic Special with chocolate syrup. It was a dish that, while perhaps looks similar to ice cream, it is actually a bean and fruit dish with crushed ice. The name is Pal Bin Soo. I can only imagine the writer’s disapproval of this dish which doesn’t typically come with a cherry on top. So yes, it was probably just as well.

Burgundy Anderson
Seoul, South Korea

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