I am surprised that The San Francisco Examiner published a column supporting Rep. Joe Wilson’s embarrassing outburst during President Barack Obama’s speech before Congress.
Even Wilson apologized for his lack of self-control, but Gregory Kane wrote that this disrespect to America’s president should be repeated. Can we expect to see other columns published by your newspaper to support graffiti, vandalism, rape and other wrongful acts? Your standards should not celebrate thuggish behavior.
Ron Feiertag, San Francisco
Public is now ‘bad guys’
Jim Lazarus says residents and business owners need to say “enough is enough” (“City residents need to reject proposals for more parking fees,” Sept. 24).
Well, some of us have been vocal, but not a single soul in the Mayor’s Office or on the Board of Supervisors listens. Every idea I thought was too ludicrous to be seriously considered is now law.
Those who run our city must carefully weigh the unsustainable burden they are placing on residents. Democracy is supposed to ensure that we all have a voice, but that’s not the case here. Somehow the public, which funds those City Hall jobs, has turned into the bad guys. How on Earth did that happen?
Sherrie Matza, San Francisco
Not buying this reform
If President Barack Obama is selling health care reform without a single-payer option, I’m not buying.
If Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein and Speaker Nancy Pelosi can’t persuade enough other Democratic senators to vote for the single-payer option, we remain at the tender mercy of insurance companies and their Republican gatekeepers.
Al Ujcic, San Francisco
Obama’s reform is a sham
President Barack Obama’s claim to be able to expand care to 46 million Americans who lack health insurance without adding “one dime to the deficit, now or in the future, period” is a sham.
Obama proposes to finance health care by cutting $500 billion in “waste and abuse” from Medicare while acknowledging in the next breath that Medicare already has an enormous unfunded liability.
Astonishingly, Obama uses the insolvency in Medicare to justify creation of yet another health care entitlement, this time for most everyone under age 65. Even Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein expresses skepticism about the real fiscal impact of Obama’s health care proposal. Exploding federal deficits are now forecast at $9 trillion during the next decade.
Jim Hartman, Berkeley
No end to the bloodshed
Coming up to the eight-year anniversary of our invasion of Afghanistan, we have achieved one thing — but it is not what we wanted.
Despite an amazing degree of divided religious, tribal and even linguistic differences, the Afghani people have now achieved a staggering degree of unanimity. Whether speakers of Pashto, Dari, Turkmen or Uzbek and despite numerous religious rivalries and tribal differences, the people of Afghanistan are increasingly uniting in determination to again drive out all foreign invaders.
The final outcome of this kind of war can’t really be changed by how many more soldiers Obama or anyone else sends in. When enough of our blood and treasure are exhausted, we will go home. The only question is how many more names of brave Americans are we willing to carve into a future long, black wall?
Don Havis, San Mateo