Letters from our Readers: Furloughs trickle down to hurt state residents

The governor is seeking again to furlough state employees who help the people of California by acquiring, managing and disbursing federal funds. Billions of dollars come into the state to pay for 80 to 90 percent of construction projects; provide food and housing; and promote the general good. That produces jobs for you and me.

The employee furloughs are causing billions of dollars in federal assistance to go uncollected or worse, reallocated to other states. In his oath of office, Gov. Schwarzenegger swore he would not advocate overthrow of California by force, violence or other unlawful means. The furloughs are unlawfully adding up to lost revenue for the state and indirectly, to the impoverishment and unemployment of millions of Californians.

Paul Page, San Francisco

Pension reform is fair

Ken Garcia’s Friday column suggested that S.F. Public Defender Jeff Adachi is speaking out of both sides of his mouth by asking for pension reform from the unions while running up expenditures at his own office. This misses the important point that Adachi is trying to grapple with two major problems in the City Hall swamp.

Our criminal justice system is just a euphemism for the busywork associated with our revolving door justice system — something so broken that Adachi is just one more passenger on that runaway train. However, the pension issue is different.

As the Garcia column states, to “wrest control of runaway spending on pensions and force employees to pay their fair share — something city workers have managed to avoid during the lifetime of their contracts” does have populist appeal. And the remedy Adachi is suggesting is not only fair, but can be implemented in my lifetime.

Matt Mitguard, San Francisco,

Christian Science errors

Your mention of Christian Science in an Aug. 11 editorial on Shariah law was misleading.

While Christian Scientists, by and large, rely on spiritual means for healing, this by no means translates into a dogmatic denial of medical care, either for themselves or their children.

I should know. When a serious accident left me with multiple injuries, my parents, both Christian Scientists, readily agreed to have me taken to a hospital, where I received emergency surgery.

I should add, however, that my rapid and complete recovery from what doctors predicted would leave me unable to walk normally, was accomplished through reliance on prayer alone.

Depending on Christian Science for my health and well-being is not a matter of refusing medical care as much as it is choosing what I’ve found to be both reliable and effective.

Eric Nelson, Northern California Christian Science, Hayward

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