Small businesses will surely suffer
I'm tired of the government spending like there is no tomorrow.
Rather than getting spending under control, lawmakers tell us we have to give them more because they are going to make life better for us.
President Barack Obama says the increase in small-business tax is only going to affect 3.5 percent of those businesses. He says he needs this money to stimulate the economy. That 3.5 percent equals almost 1 million businesses.
In this poor economy, if each of these businesses must pay more taxes, the likelihood of them having to cut back is very strong. If each of them lays off just one employee, that's another 1 million people out of work.
This doesn't sound like stimulation to me. According to the U.S. government, a small business is one that employs fewer than 500 people. How many people are you working with?
Booze should put cork on it
When Richmond Councilman Corky Booze's attempt to tax-bash the SS Red Oak Victory -- an icon of Richmond's World War II history -- crashed and burned recently, he reverted to grade-school truculence.
Intending his cheap shot to be an indictment of the Red Oak, he declared: "Richmond is a city of more than 100,000 people, and I would be willing to bet 90 percent of them wouldn't be able to
Apparently, lost on Booze was the fact that his petulant words were an equal, if not greater, indictment of Richmond's residents. How proud they must be of him.
Must speak out and act for the dying children
HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) wants to end the senseless death of children under age 5. That can be done if we speak out through the media, writing letters, emails and contacting social networks.
We have vaccines available and the call is coming from people in India and Ethiopia, who recently hosted a "call to action" to end child deaths within our generation.
The United States' first step would be to preserve funding already promised for Global Child Health, which can save lives with less than 1 percent of our federal budget.
There are more than 10 countries inspired to focus on this goal. HOPE should be a slogan for us all. Read and get involved today at www.results.org. Twenty thousand children dying daily is not right.
Remarkable in many ways
It was with great sadness that I read of Marion Cunningham's passing. She was truly a remarkable woman in so many ways. I had the great privilege of getting to know her through swimming.
Up until her diagnosis of Alzheimer's, she swam every day, rain or shine. She said it was the best way to keep all of the parts moving. I swam at the same time and got to know her through chats before or after our laps.
She also had a great sense of humor. I bought one of her cookbooks for children and asked her if she could sign it for me. She said she was happy to sign anything as long as it wasn't a check.
Although she had many challenges throughout her life, she kept on with determination and enthusiasm. Her philosophy on how cooking and meals can bind a family together was inspirational and I can only hope that all the people whose lives she touched will carry on that same belief.
Kill health care bill, remove president
After reading Paul Mackinney's July 6 letter "Where are the death panels?" it's hard to tell if he's not informed or just being cute.
Obamacare starts in 2014. At that time, government bureaucrats will dictate what services will be provided.
Be smart, kill the bill and replace the president in November.
Sutter using dodgy information in its ads
I am a registered nurse at Sutter/Eden and am disturbed at its ads attempting to mislead the public during contract negotiations with its nurses.
Sutter/Eden's recent ad stated that RNs make $84,000 a year in retirement, so the public will infer that all Sutter/Eden RNs retire with an $84,000 annual salary.
I've been an employee of Eden for 25 years and have yet to meet a nurse who earns $84,000 a year upon retirement.
Maybe the ad is referring to Sutter/Eden's RN/VP of Patient Care Services who, according to the CNA, currently makes $343,879 a year ($165.32 per hour). Retirement benefits for RNs pale in comparison to the salary of Eden's CEO, who makes $925,371 a year ($444.88/hour); or that of Sutter's CEO, whose salary is $4.7 million/year ($2,260 per hour).
While I don't have a problem with anyone earning whatever they can, it certainly appears that Sutter's administrators are using misleading ads to gather public support for their demands to cut patient care services and pay for RNs, who provide bedside care and advocacy for patients, then using the money from those cuts to increase their retirement.