VA scandal foreshadows Obamacare

So the liar-in-chief who can't pronounce "corpsmen" correctly is "madder than hell" about the Veterans Affairs scandal? What a joke. Obama couldn't care less about veterans past or present.

He poked the veterans in the eye and used the sequester as an excuse when he shut down Arlington Cemetery, the World War II memorial and 24 American cemeteries overseas, including Normandy, where 9,387 of our heroes are buried. He watched basketball while four brave Americans are fighting for their lives in Benghazi, including two Navy Seals. He didn't lift a finger to send help.

At Fort Hood, Nidal Hasan yelled "Allahu akbar," killed 13 and wounded 32. Obama classified it as workplace violence and not the act of terror that it was, thus denying the victims' families the benefits and medical attention they deserve. The VA is being run just as President Fundraiser envisions Obamacare being run. In 10 years our medical system will be run by death panels and the same inept, inefficient, overly compensated, mind-numb bureaucrats who run the VA now. If Obamacare is overturned, the country will be saved, and Barry will be madder than hell.

Mark Marcotte

Danville

Blame-taking on Benghazi unconvincing


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Apologist Eugene Robinson on May 14 lamented the unfair Republican questioning of the Benghazi attack, echoing Hillary's question "what difference does it make?"

I, for one, see a festering cover-up; I see a diplomatic outpost begging for protection that was denied; I see a refusal to mount even the most futile effort to provide help for those under siege; I see a government trying to minimize the significance of the event by tossing it off as merely a knee-jerk reaction to an anti-Islam video; I see a president talking from both sides of his mouth in explaining the event; and I see a secretary of state absent from her post during the action. Her subsequent acceptance of full responsibility for the debacle rings very hollow.

I hereby volunteer to accept full responsibility for the entire episode, including all penalties assessed to date, thereby removing this unfortunate burden from Hillary's shoulders and freeing her to seek the even greater burden of protecting us all.

Walter D. Welti Sr.

Danville

Does Hayashi think voters all have forgotten?

This is in response to your front-page article in the recent newspaper regarding Mary Hayashi running for the Senate. I am shocked that this woman who was convicted of a crime has the audacity to run for any elected office.

Does she think we voters are complete idiots? Where are the standards for elected officials when this woman and many others with less-than-stellar morals continue to try to run for office.

Susan M. Gallego

San Ramon

State's needs in health care real, pressing

It was very informative to see the stats in Tracy Seipel's "Who'll Treat the State's Poor?" The story's cited "10 million Medi-Cal recipients, nearly 30 percent of the state's population" speaks volumes to the big living expense in California, real numbers of people living in or near poverty, the un- or underinsured without job-related coverage, and people under the radar of those who deny health reform was needed. The demands are real.

The nation did nothing to prepare more doctors or other health professionals to replace those retiring out of the professions as baby boomers or the fact that massive debt is associated with a medical field education -- a perfect storm.

Neighborhoods of greatest need, such as that served by Doctors Medical Center San Pablo are going to be slapped again. Access to providers exists only farther away from where they live, maybe. Even Gov. Brown had to add $1.2 billion to his budget proposal to meet "the surge of new enrollees." The Feds will pay for the added qualified childless single adults for the next three years. Health care is definitely one sector of the economy that is destined to expand despite being just a service industry.

Jan Howe, R.N. (ret.)

San Ramon

Take a page from N.Y.'s success story

Just recently I heard Gavin Newsom say California needs 1.5 million new jobs and lots of water to thrive again. Official unemployment is 8.1 percent.

We all need to tell Gov. Brown about a program in New York state called startup-ny.gov, which is also its website. Created by Gov. Cuomo, this program eliminates taxes for 10 years on businesses that move into New York state and create jobs. Not all locations are eligible for this program, and not all types of businesses are eligible. This program is very successful. See the website for details. This program is advertised on television. Gov. Brown has had success in bringing Amazon.com distribution centers to the Central Valley by waiving some taxes. California can duplicate New York's success.

For more water, tell Gov. Brown to stop wasting money on high-speed rail, and instead build desalinization plants powered by solar energy! You may write to him at: Gov. Jerry Brown, c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814.

David Handeli

Livermore

Universal preschooling not a solution

Recently, there was a proposal, SB 837 to enroll 4-years-old for universal preschooling. It would cost the state $1 billion annually, but proponents argue that those costs would be offset by savings later on.

There is no firm data that this is successful, only wishful thinking. Of course it is popular with the teachers union. Recently, I saw 10 students receiving National Scholarship Awards -- eight were Asians and the others unknown. Could it be a culture gap?

While our elected representatives have no clue as to how to improve our traditional education system, they continue to throw taxpayers' money at the problem, hoping to beat it to death with dollars.

I firmly believe that being able to read is the key to success in school and beyond. If you can't read, you can't write or do arithmetic. Reading must be enjoyable. It can start when children can relate sound with objects; a parent's lap is a good place to start. My two sons were reading at third-grade level by kindergarten. Later, they graduated with honors.

Tadashi Kishi

Livermore retired Livermore Lab division leader