Affordable Care Act will be a success

I simply want to add my voice to the comments made by John Hom, of Walnut Creek, in his Sept. 12 letter, "Obstructionists repeat history."

He is so right regarding the obstructionists who were there in 1935 to block the Social Security Act, which is now considered by every American citizen to be his/her right when they retire.

Obamacare will go through many growing pains, but will emerge as a really vital and effective program offering the more than 49 million people now without any kind of health insurance a program that gives them just that.

As time goes by, I believe we will see a reduction in hospital costs resulting from a reduction in emergency room costs.

Hurrah for those who have the foresight and understanding to recognize the need to do something now. It is long overdue.

A few years from now, I suspect most Americans will accept some form of Obamacare as their right as an American citizen, just as they do Social Security.

Eileen Riley

Pleasant Hill

U.S. bombing of Syria would be hypocritical

A recent Times editorial says that the United States must respond to Syria and its use of chemical weapons. Why should that response be bombing?


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It is the height of hypocrisy for the United States, considering that our military used napalm in Vietnam on civilians who are still suffering birth defects generations later. Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons against Iran and the United States looked the other way.

President Obama and Congress did not go to war against Israel when it used white phosphorus against Gaza, killing 400 children in the two weeks of Operation Cast Lead. Not a word was said.

As terrible as the use of chemical weapons is, as terrible as the loss of life is, the United States has blood on its hands around the world with its weapons sales, its incursions and its drone attacks.

Bombing Syria will not help the Syrian people or bring peace. Why not stop incursions and stop creating and selling these weapons?

Margaret Fouda

Kensington

Bicyclists should always wear helmets

As a cyclist, I thank you for your editorial supporting the 3-foot law. However, whether it's 3 feet or 30 feet, nothing is going to help a cyclist without a helmet.

A few days ago, I witnessed two incidents within five minutes. Two mom-types were cycling through Lafayette, neither wearing a helmet. Each probably did not want to look nerdy.

I assure you, ladies, nothing will look worse than you lying in a hospital bed with a crushed skull because you feared a bad hair day.

John Ebert

Lafayette

What's the truth regarding Syria?

It's obvious that President Barack Obama's push to use military force on Syria is coming from the military-industrial complex, which is pressuring Obama to use military force simply for profits.

The White House has not offered any real proof that Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. Assad denies it and Russian President Putin is requesting better proof.

I don't particularly trust Assad or Putin, but the heavy push on our elected officials for approval for military action, coupled with the lack of proof, reminds me of the information which has come out regarding the Vietnam War.

The fact is, the government faked the Gulf of Tonkin incident merely to get us into that war. Vietnam cost the lives of many American soldiers but I imagine it was very profitable for the munitions companies.

I do not believe Americans are merely "war weary." I, like many other Americans, are weary of government officials and presidents telling us one thing, when the truth is a different story.

We're tired of a president working for vested interests, when he was elected to serve the people of this country.

Brian Gardner

Oakley

Running over Brown every day therapeutic

As someone who lived in San Francisco in the late '90s, I say why not name the new Bay Bridge span after the city's -- sorry, I meant The City's -- former mayor?

I mean, what's better than a commuter being able to say, "Hey, hun, I ran my car over Willie Brown this morning"?

The only thing, I think, is being able to say, "And on the reverse commute, I did it again."

Tony Mason

Oakley