GOP needs a cure for its amnesia
Recent letters from conservatives reveal a need to cure what ails them. Their relentless ranting reveals a severe case of amnesia requiring immediate attention.
Obamacare should benefit them. It's patterned after two bills introduced by Republican lawmakers in 1993 and Romneycare.
For reasons that remain most clear, they conveniently disavow the eight years of President George W. Bush.
Those were the glorious years of runaway financial and corporate corruption, missing federal oversight, massive foreclosures, cascading unemployment and the termination of the middle class. The years of tax breaks for the super-wealthy, two wars, a medical prescription plan -- all unpaid for -- and deficits beyond the norm, leaving a gargantuan mess for President Barack Obama.
Let's begin the cure by having them take their medicine a little at a time, with reminders of what they've forgotten. Here, take some Enron, with a little bit of WorldCom. Follow with a large dose of Bernie Madoff. Let's remind them of the missing "weapons of mass destruction" and all those massive no-bidding government contracts benefiting Cheney's Haliburton.
Why do Californians even bother voting?
It seems that voting in California does not matter. We have voted for the death
Vicious murderers should not go on living in prisons, supported by taxpayers, for the rest of their lives. The inmates receive better health care, nutrition and social activities, while some of our senior citizens are living below the poverty level.
We now have 725 inmates on death row, at a cost of $4 billion annually as death row increases at a rate of 2 percent a year. Many have had second and third appeals and this is where it is costing the taxpayers $100 million. Proposition 34 is meant to replace the death penalty with life in prison at a cost of $4 billion a year and increasing per year.
Don't cut the school budgets, social services and improvement to our roadways and continue to tax the citizens of California allowing the inmates to live on death row for the rest of their lives.
Romney should discredit birthers
"No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised," Mitt Romney said in Michigan, implying there is something more authentic about reports of where he was born than the fact that President Barack Obama was born in the United States.
Romney said the remark was a joke. But if he really believes the accusations that the president is not a natural-born citizen are so nonsensical and so far off the radar that they can be joked about, he should publicly discredit the Republican Party leaders who persist in trying to make this an issue.
Working harder, but making less
When I came through the gates of Rossmoor in 2000, I fell in love with my job and the people.
Twelve years later, I still feel the same, except it's harder to make ends meet because I'm earning $4.44 less an hour than when I started. Two-thirds of the employees make less than I do.
This is all due to our union, the International Laborers Union. It takes this money from us to bring our Reserve Pension Fund to 100 percent solvency, due to the Bush administration mandate to all unions. We are being told that yet another $1 an hour will be taken within 10 to 12 months.
The sad thing is a large number of us are now having to go to food banks, etc. to help make ends meet. How much more can we take before we are in the poor house? Not much.
Working full time and getting poorer.
Letter writers should include their affiliation
Recently in two editions of your paper, you posted two anti-gun letters. I have no problems with the authors expressing their views. What disturbs me is that the writers, Diane Barde and Griffin Dix, don't identify themselves as leaders of the local chapter of the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence.
I have no problem letting people know I'm a member of the NRA!
Joseph J. Congi