Gay-marriage stance likely to mobilize youth
Obama's daring stance on same-sex marriage is likely to draw support from more than just the LGBT community.
While his move to announce his support of same-sex marriage has made minuscule changes in the polls, his campaign is likely to obtain the same youth appeal it had in the 2008 election. The young generation of Americans, especially in the Bay Area, seems to be far more liberal than older voters on the issue of same-sex marriage. The nation's youth are among the most active proponents of LGBT equality and rights, and the presence of LGBT clubs on school campuses encourages many young voters to be accepting of same-sex marriage.
To win the election, Obama needs people "who have his back," ("Obama campaign hits Bay Area," May 23) and although Obama's campaign will lose the support of many moderates opposed to same-sex marriage, the energized youth in the Bay Area will likely eclipse the loss, giving Obama the support he needs to pull ahead of Romney in the polls.
Bravo to Obama for position on gay marriage
I commend President Obama for finally taking an unequivocal stand on what should really be a noncontroversial issue.
Prejudice against gays and lesbians in our country is due almost entirely to the influence of religion. We would
It is hard to imagine how extending basic civil rights to one minority group in any way threatens the relationship or marriage of anyone else.
Certainly there must be more important issues to which our politicians should be devoting their efforts.
Just the facts on the new health care law
As President Reagan would say, "There you go again."
A June 7 letter writer claims the new health care law "mandates that every American buy government-approved health insurance." It does not. You can buy from the insurer of your choice and keep the insurance you have.
The writer is confused about a section of the bill, which simplifies electronic payments should a person prefer to pay that way. There is no mention of "individual bank accounts" nor of any new government authority over them.
The 3.8 percent Medicare real estate sales tax only applies to the first $250,000 in profit for an individual and $500,000 from couples selling a private residence. The tax falls on relatively few. The plan does not "tell doctors what treatments and procedure to perform" or "who can receive them."
The government has granted more than 200 waivers, but these merely give companies a temporary delay before being required to improve the coverage of cheap, bare-bones plans they currently offer.
Congress is not exempt from the health care provisions.
On Welfare to Work, Brown does right thing
Bravo, Gov. Brown, for attempting to reduce recipients' stay in the Welfare to Work program from four years to two. We would not have former welfare mothers now serving in Congress if the women had not been given education and job opportunities that prepared them to move on in life.
The program is intended for people under temporary financial duress, and the average stay is about the two years Brown recommends as a maximum allowable. Those who meet the stereotype of semipermanent public dependents tend to suffer addictions, mental disabilities or severe educational handicaps and are exceptions to the rule.
Democratic legislators who oppose the governor's attempt to improve life for welfare recipients by pushing them along have picked a sleazy road for deterring development of able future competition ... subjugation in the guise of help.
Brown's tunnel vision on trains explained
The June 10 editorial about high speed rail, "Enough. Stop rail fantasy in its track" is off the track, pun intended. You forgot that Jerry Brown is a visionary, that he can see the future. Your mistake is comparing today's conditions and today's costs with those of 20 to 30 years from now. You are not taking in consideration how life in California that far in the future will differ from today.
Did you ever think only 15 years ago that we will be paying an exorbitant excise tax when buying a car deemed a gas guzzler by California regulators? What do you expect will happen when the deadlines of AB32 (California Global Warming Solutions Act) come and go and the objectives are not met 'cause there is no way in a real world that AB32 will ever be met? I can tell you: those regulators will go nuts. Only the politically connected (read "the rich") will have a personal means of transportation. Even a modest hybrid will be beyond the reach of the rest of us, the 99 percent.
We will drive electrical, you say. Jerry Brown knows that when people in L.A. and San Francisco plug in their electrical cars for an overnight charge for a trip up or down the state, the California power grid will be unable to handle the load. Do you really think that sun and wind would generate sufficient power to charge those cars? AB32 will make other sources of electrical power prohibitively expensive.
Jerry Brown is a Sacramento insider. He knows. 20 to 30 years from now our children and grandchildren will need that high-speed train. They will be thankful to him, although I am not so sure that they will be that thankful to us who voted for AB32.
We need more honesty, fewer euphemisms
I attended the VFW event in Livermore on Memorial Day. A group sang "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" I was startled to hear the lyrics, "as he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.
I went to the Internet, found that those were the original words. I listened to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's rendition. They changed the "die" to "live." All the while the printed lyrics kept the original "die."
I can understand the inclination to shy away from the word "die." It would seem that the correct word should have been "kill." That is what was asked of the Union's soldiers. It certainly was not asking them to passively die for the cause. But, of course, even today we shy away from suggesting that our warriors "kill." No, they "risk their lives" going into "harm's way" to die while protecting our "freedom." Never do we hear it said that we want them to kill to achieve that end.
Donald F. King