Times article feeding the sugar addiction?
The Times July 5 front page had a huge story, "Big soda war hits Bay Area," on sugary drinks and their effect on public health.
It was ironic that on the same day, in the TimeOut section, you printed an article titled, "Six ways to a sundae," followed by "Kids crunch into new candy bars," and then another article with a recipe for a berry tart.
To be clear, our nation is facing an obesity epidemic due to the over consumption of sugar. I think it would be fantastic to write about healthy and "real food" choices rather than feed into the addiction of sugar.
Muslims come here to flee persecution
Probably more than any other community, July 4 gives Muslim-Americans a strong reason to celebrate.
July 4 marks the independence of the American Colonies from Great Britain -- an independence spurred by the need for freedom of religion. Similarly, many Muslims come to the United States to flee from persecution they face in their lands.
Such is the case, for instance, of the Ahmadiyya Muslims who emigrate from Pakistan. While this sect of Islam considers itself to be Muslim, the hard-liners refer to it as heretic. In appeasing those hard-liners, the Pakistani government has stripped the Ahmadi Muslims of all basic human rights. Similar is the
July 4, therefore, gives Muslims of all sects an opportunity to celebrate their freedom of religion and unite to work toward strengthening America.
Do we truly want rationed care?
Paul Mackinney sarcastically mocks the tea party in asking "Where are the death panels?" in his July 6 letter. But he and other believers in socialized medicine are simply deluding themselves if they think they aren't coming. It's simply an economic reality that state-of-the-art medicine cannot be dispensed to everyone.
Every country with a single-payer system demonstrates this. The current health care system certainly needs to be reformed. But, in the current situation, it is at least possible for anyone to get the best possible treatment either by paying for it themselves, having good insurance, or due to the charitableness of others (or some combination of these).
I believe this will be lost if we go to a single-payer system, which is clearly where the Democrats want to take us. We will indeed have rationed care under such a system, with government panels making the decisions as to who gets what. Do we really want this?
Enough diatribes against Obama
Pete Laurence, in one of his many diatribes, claims President Barack Obama has failed to secure our borders and calls the president "pathetic."
A quick check of any independent organization, for example a July 1 report in PolitiFact, reveals: "Illegal immigration from Mexico is actually down" and Obama has doubled the size of the Border Patrol. Claims otherwise are labeled, "liar, pants on fire."
I'm weary of the unrelenting negativity thrown at a president who has been strong on national defense, killed Osama bin Laden in a gutsy raid and decimated his organization, saved the U.S. car industry, prevented a worse economic disaster and passed a national health plan, bringing us up to the level of most other Western democracies.
It's a free country and there will be critics. But at least give cursory attention to facts before issuing baseless diatribes.
Student loans another bubble ready to burst
Students who borrow at lower than inflation rates are, like the government, apparently hooked on using OPM (other people's money) for their own benefit.
If college degrees equal higher earning capacity, then recipients' postgraduate borrowing interest costs should logically be increased to prevailing rate accordingly.
Most of the current economic mess was caused by a real estate slump due to too much misdirected bureaucratic assistance, Freddie, Fannie and now Sallie. This so-called political stimulation only increased spending and speculative borrowing based on anticipated future increases in earnings and/or values due to inflation.
However, the result has been increased foreclosures, bankruptcies and deficit borrowing and the lowering of the true value of the dollar. Therefore, the education system needs to learn the lesson to avoid a similar crash by practicing what it preaches in the areas of economics and history.
Paul W. Van Etten
Shouldn't have right to sell off post office
I am outraged that the U.S. Postal Service thinks it has the right to sell Berkeley property that our taxes built. This is theft.
The building in Berkeley is historic and should remain public -- that is, the property of those who built it and paid for it. It also has WPA art that was paid for by the public.
The Postal Service should offer it to the city for $1. The city can use it for its finance office and other public purposes. .
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