Letters from our Readers: Stop budget gimmickry,call for real state reform

The California state deficit for next fiscal year will exceed $21 billion, yet I see no serious calls for reform in California’s fiscal management. Instead, each year the governor and the Legislature resort to budget gimmickry. Where is the movement to change the inherent inequities in the Proposition 13 tax scheme, to change the two-thirds rule to pass a budget or raise taxes, and to reform the initiative process? If the politicians won’t provide leadership, then perhaps we do need a constitutional convention.

Ralph E. Stone, San Francisco

Strike a pointless intrusion

I remember years ago losing sleep and almost physically collapsing, when I lived near the Hilton during the very noisy hotel strike. I contacted Unite Here! Local 2 chief Mike Casey and was told to “call the police.”

Once again, they’re going on strike. They should be happy they have jobs in this recession although many of the workers can’t even speak English. I’m not anti-union, but if they don’t like working for the hotels, they should quit and find other jobs. They have decent wages and health care, what more do they want?

Denise Jameson, San Francisco

Ad not pushing GOP agenda

Normally, my biggest source of enjoyment from The Examiner’s op-ed page is seeing just how few words Michael Reagan uses before invoking his father’s name as part of his latest effort to disparage anything about the Obama administration.

That pleasant little diversion took a temporary backseat on Nov. 17, when a U.S. Chamber of Commerce ad somehow didn’t totally attack the president, “The Obama administration is sending the right signals on education reform,” paragraph four). Who got fired over that slip-up?

 Al Trent, San Francisco

Back off on Obama’s bow

What is all the fuss about? In our country when two people meet, they shake hands in greeting. In Japan when two people meet, they bow as an expression of greeting. It is in no way a matter of subservience. It is totally a matter of respect for the other’s customs. Is respect now a dirty word?

William J. Coburn, San Francisco

Complacency may be fatal

If a Nov. 16 letter-writer chooses public hostility as the litmus test to prove whether any government policy is right or wrong, then the public outcry (at least east of San Francisco Bay) proves that President Barack Obama needs to stop meddling with my health care.

That letter also mentioned that the Bush-Cheney administration started two wars, when in fact our current military conflicts were placed in the lap of former President George W. Bush by terrorist Islamic extremists who still seek to destroy America and rule the world.

The sad thing is that the most potent weapon they have is the complacency of the American people. We can leave Afghanistan and Iraq, but the real war is only beginning.

Barry Bradley, San Francisco

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