Don't blame poor for health crisis

All this outrage over Obamacare spending money on health care for the poor is misplaced.

The retiring CEO of United Healthcare, Bill McGuire, got a $1.7 billion retirement package in 2006. I'm sure the reigning health care CEOs are in line for similar or higher compensation. I haven't heard a peep of disapproval.

According to journalist Steven Brill's expose on the medical-industrial complex, McGuire's $1.7 billion is more than half of what hospitals now spend (not charge) in care for the poor: namely, less than $3 billion.

Is assuring one man's obscenely cushy retirement really as valuable to the American people as caring for half of all the poor people who need health care? Is he God? He must be because a lot of people are being sacrificed to make him happy.

Two retiring health insurance industry CEOs and you've spent the equivalent of all the money spent on the poor. Shouldn't we be outraged about the individuals getting billions of health care funds instead of the many people struggling to pay for a bottle of aspirin?

McGuire, and others like him, are really the cause of the health care crisis. Don't blame the poor.

Elizabeth Fisher

Pleasant Hill

When darkness comes, use a light

As an enthusiastic bike rider, I know the pleasures of riding: that freedom of being out on your own power; the ease and momentum of the stride; and the nearly meditative pace.

I know, too, the annoyance of traffic and that ugly heat generated by the car beside you idling at the intersection. Yet sometimes I am the driver of that car beside you.

At night, in the pitch dark of city streets, if a biker is riding without a headlight, he or she cannot be seen. It is nonsense that people choose to ride invisibly in the dark, regardless of what entitlement they believe they have.

It's just as joyful and efficient to ride with a clamped-on light. It's no burden to be seen.

David Lugn

Richmond

Ignoring children killed by abortion

David Mandell's May 31 letter, "Religion is bad news," expressing dismay at children killed due to religion, typified the hypocrisy of secular humanists and their religion of atheism.

Mandell cries about the few children "killed" because of the faith of their parents, while ignoring the more than 60 million innocent unborn children murdered through abortion in the United States, alone, since 1960 (150 million worldwide) due to secular humanism and its disdain and devaluation of life.

Brainwashing our children with religion? Secular humanists have hijacked our schools and places of higher learning and science, itself, with their atheist evangelism.

Chris "Tree" Murrell

Walnut Creek

Bringing jobs close to home can be done

The profit system forces us to be blind to how to fix our problems. There is a T-shirt that says: "The system's not broke; it's fixed."

So our legislators can only propose taxing us more to repair roads, ostensibly to repair transportation, so we slaves can get to our owners' jobs. No one looks at what would in the long run produce a hugely less costly arrangement: bringing our jobs close to home, even within walking distance.

Some will say it can't be done, but we all know it can.

Forcing people to travel farther from home to get the increasingly fewer jobs there are is more favorable to the 1 percent because local jobs do not create the products that are most profitable for them.

Norma J.K. Harrison

Berkeley

Calling 911 provides better protection

Guns are useless for protection.

No sane person is going to carry one on them 24 hours every day. Instead, a cellphone or other device that will call 911 at the push of a button makes much more sense, and would provide better protection.

Mike Vandeman

San Ramon