Continued lies lower esteem of politicians
This is why politicians are held in such low esteem: They accuse opponents of the very thing they themselves are guilty of, but count that a lie repeated often enough is ultimately believed.
Even as it decries jobs sent overseas, the Obama administration has exported more jobs and businesses itself. Large amounts of stimulus money went to foreign companies and workers, scores of businessmen renounced their citizenship and moved their businesses and jobs abroad to friendlier business climates.
Is this the way to restore the American economy?
Meanwhile, they promote the idea of a free lunch from government for 98 percent of Americans, courtesy of the big, bad 2 percent. Alice in Wonderland alive and well?
Debunking pesky right-wing myths
Since Citizens United, American policy helmsmanship has slipped from the hands of citizens to oligarchic moneyed elites, and ubiquitous right-wing myths have so clouded public perception that the affluent have us voting their interests and abandoning ours.
Trickle-down voodoo Reaganomics is a fraud: It never worked.
Plutocrats falsely claim "government doesn't create jobs," as if people serving in the military, first responders, scientists, and others are counterfeits.
Taxation isn't "picking winners and losers," it's dues-paying for living in a civilized society.
Reactionaries fraudulently insist for-profit, insurance bureaucrats care about you more than our government's ombudsmen.
Health care isn't just an optional privilege for the well off.
It's a strategic, national-security need, a constitutional mandate (Article 1, Section 8) and a U.S. treaty signed right (Article 25 of the 1948 U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights).
We need a paradigm shift in America's approach to health care, away from "fee for service" to "health maintenance" through taxpayer-funded, single-payer, nonprofit, no-fault, no-pre-existing-conditions, keep-your-own-provider, universal health care access (Medicare Part E) for everyone.
Vigilante justice is better than no justice
Thank you for making the William Lynch trial into front-page news and for helping people understand the enduring pain victims of childhood rape and abuse must live with. Lynch was able to use that pain wisely, in that he directed it at the person responsible, but how many victims have committed suicide or ended up in jail?
Columnist Scott Herhold states that vigilante justice is wrong, but I think no justice at all is the greater wrong. For how many years, and in how many ways, have Lynch and thousands like him been denied any justice?
Any adult who rapes and abuses children for his own self-gratification should be treated by a just society, for what he is, and in that society the child should be protected, not the rapist.
If people like Jerold Lindner are unable to control themselves, then it is up to those supervising him to stop him, and in this they failed miserably.
Maybe the sentencing of Monsignor William Lynn will send a message.
Alfreda Privett Young
Let's add one more thing to the ballot
Now that the Affordable Care Act has been deemed a "tax," maybe we here in California could take the lead in reducing the number of educational dropouts by imposing a penalty, excuse me, tax on those parents who allow their children to drop out of school.
This would help more to find gainful employment and greatly reduce welfare rolls, to say nothing about affecting street gang influence.
Come on California, you put every stupid thing you can think of on the overflowing plate. I'm sure you could add this, too.
Draining Hetch Hetchy would be insane move
When I looked at the front page of the July 8 Times, I couldn't believe my eyes.
Are these people crazy or just stupid?
With the growth of our state, when we need all of the water and electricity that we can get, these pinheads want to drain Hetch Hetchy?
And with all of the communities that use the water and the rest of us who use the electricity, nobody gets to vote on it except San Francisco.
That is insane.
Carl L. Politis