Letters from our Readers: ACORN scandal is attack on the president

I read the letter claiming that the exposure of corruption at ACORN is an attempt to hang the scandal around President Barack Obama’s neck. Has it come to the point where we allow corruption to go unchecked because the corrupt organization helped the president?

What ACORN is accused of has nothing to do with getting the votes out for the president, as far as we know. Nothing that I read or heard is an attempt to hang ACORN around the president’s neck.

Ira L. Weiss, San Francisco

Pelosi needs to take action

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confused me with her recent comments about how 1970s public outrage (gay and straight) about homophobia and Dan White’s “Twinkie defense” is comparable to today’s bipartisan opposition to Obamacare. I see close-mindedness equal to what was given to gay rights now being given to opponents questioning federally mandated health care.
Pelosi needs to reread the First Amendment and craft federal legislation that creates the same rights for domestic partnerships as for married people (including joint filing and tax breaks). In the meantime, she should start voting against war funding and wiretapping before she loses her constituency.

Denise Jameson, San Francisco

Shady business at bank

Like many other Bank of America account holders, I am becoming exhausted from the latest unexplained overdraft fees and the lack of help from their customer service representatives. For example, a few days ago I was attempting to help a friend with her overdrawn account. An unknown transaction charged both of her checking accounts with the same amount at the same time.
The rep didn’t even acknowledge the fact that it was unusual, couldn’t provide a phone number or name of the company and gave a
multiple number of random addresses. Two hours and three reps later, they finally took the charges away without my friend having to file a claim.

I spoke to a teller later and asked if all these sudden overdraft fees had anything to do with the Merrill Lynch acquisition investigation and she pretended she never heard anything about it.

Brianna Casanares, Oakland

Why ACORN is under gun

A Sept. 18 Examiner letter asks what ACORN did to incur criticisms from the right. How about this: ACORN is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that is presently under investigation in 14 states for voter registration fraud and political activities in the 2008 presidential campaign, and the IRS has three tax liens of almost $1 million against ACORN.

The Obama campaign has reported paying $832,000 for get-out-the-vote efforts to an ACORN affiliate, Citizens Consulting Inc. But it filed the payments with the Federal Election Commission as “staging, sound and lighting,” and corrected the filings only after being exposed in the press.

California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer joined in an 83-7 vote to prohibit granting federal housing funds to ACORN, and the U.S. Census Bureau has terminated its partnership agreement with ACORN.

Mike DeNunzio, Chairman, Republican Assembly, San Francisco

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