Republicans betraying duty to uphold law
"GOP lawmakers urge governors not to enact U.S. health care law provisions."
Was the health care law not just found constitutional by the Supreme Court? Is the following not part of the oath of office for every Congressman: "I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States"? So these Congressmen are urging people to break the law?
The following is the presidential oath of office: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Yet Gov. Romney made this statement minutes after the Supreme Court decision: "What the court did not do in its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected president of the United States." Romney pledged, "I will act to repeal the health care law." Do we want someone to be president who so openly disrespects the judicial branch of the United States?
Obama should get same respect he has shown
The first precept that Obama should learn is, "to be shown respect, you must show respect."
I can recall during Obama's State of the Union speech he made some offhand remarks about the Supreme Court Justices
He has shown no respect for the state of Arizona and its enforcement of immigration laws.
Lets not forget his appointments of several of the "czars" without the advice and consent of the Senate. His lame excuse was that the Congress was not in session, which was untrue. Was that respectful of the Senate and the Constitution?
Some have mentioned how Obama had the bust of Churchill -- from our greatest ally, the United Kingdom -- removed from the Oval Office and returned to Britain. This is respect?
Robert R. Wood
Let's all play nice and keep U.S. running
There have been many editorials lately addressing "the borders" and the "immigration problem."
Most people who write in are fairly transparent in that their issue is not with "the borders," but rather with one border in particular. Recent analyses find that immigration from Mexico has gone down, if not reversed, so I'm confused why you never hear these people complain about immigration from Asia.
It seems most of the complainers should be more concerned here since a lot of the jobs in their field or at their pay scale are more likely to be outsourced or filled here, not by Mexican immigrants.
We need to stop breaking people down in our society into teams. The forced rivalries (fights at Bay Area games, political parties villainizing each other, looking at other countries as adversaries) come from pre-established anger, and people feel they need to have a "bad guy" to blame.
We're in this together -- globally. Let's start looking at the actual problems and solutions rather than pointing fingers and generalizing individuals. Playing the blame game won't keep this ship afloat.
City mourns death of a decent man
Recently Livermore lost a very rare and valued person when Ken Limtiaco passed away.
Ken was the owner and manager of Ken's Tires off Vasco Road in Livermore. Ken was very rare in that he was interested in providing a good and safe product for his customers at a fair and reasonable price. I will describe a couple of encounters with Ken.
My daughter, Teresa, and her husband had a tire go flat from a nail puncture in San Francisco. They went to a Big O tire shop in San Francisco and were told that all four tires had to be replaced for more than $400. I took it to the Big O in Livermore and was told that two of the tires would have to be replaced. I took it to Ken's, where they patched, balanced and reinstalled the tire on the car. I asked for the bill, and he replied it was free but to remember him when we needed new tires. I bring my cars in to have the tires checked and rotated and have always had it done correctly, efficiently and free.
I buy my tires there. They are of good quality and no more expensive than elsewhere. The service is incomparable.
Ken will be missed.
Donald G. Pellinen
Fear of lawsuits should prevent service change
The June 28 article "Health plan advocates lobby for its retention" was an excellent overview of the budget decision to end Healthy Families and fold 900,000 children into the Medi-Cal program.
In my view, this is an incredibly shortsighted move, even if the state is in desperate financial straits. A majority of children are in Healthy Families through private insurers and doctors, so patients have more access to care. Most children in Medi-Cal must access care through community clinics (I do not wish to denigrate community clinics, which are essential to the provision of health care in our communities).
Here's what will happen: Brown will sign the budget, and immediately lawsuits will be filed to prevent the destruction of Healthy Families. Courts will decide in favor of Healthy Families, and it will be preserved. Untold taxpayer dollars will be wasted on litigation. It is sad that once again we are taking something away from those who have the least power and can ill afford to deal with this monumental change to their access to health care.
Dealers of guns, illegal fireworks not the same
I just finished reading an article (6/28) by Sean Maher titled "Hundreds of Pounds of Illegal Fireworks Seized in Pacheco Raid."
In his article, Maher quoted Contra Costa Fire Capt. Robert Marshall: "People selling the explosives might not have the same malicious intent as, say, gun dealers, but their products can be just as dangerous, he added."
Although Capt. Marshall is entitled to his opinion, I would think Maher would contest that statement and demand facts as to why Capt. Marshall feels gun dealers are malicious. Sales of guns are a licensed, legitimate business, unlike the sale of illegal fire works, and it is incumbent upon gun dealers, unlike sellers of illegal fireworks and explosives, to ensure their customers are provided the instruction to handle their purchases safely. There is no comparison between the illegal sales of fireworks and legitimate gun sales. Consequently, the Contra Costa Times owes the legitimate gun dealers in their circulation area an apology for printing such malicious drivel as quoted by Maher, and concentrate on reporting facts rather than opinion.