Afghanistan is just one theater in a world war that will never go away until terrorist Islamic extremism is crushed once and for all. The Taliban and al-Qaida (one in the same) are the 21st century’s Third Reich. And not only do we need to send more troops, but the rest of the world needs to join in just as we did to stop Adolf Hitler in World War II. It seems better to fight this monster in the hills of Afghanistan than in the streets of America.
Our enemy does not just want us out of its land, it wants us off the face of the Earth. It seems very simply clear to me that the best plan is to crush terrorists in their own nest. The only problem I can see is that so much of the world does not understand that they can’t hide from this conflict forever. If al-Qaida wins, we all lose!
Barry Bradley, San Francisco
Ignoring the Constitution
If our bodies are owned by government, then health care should be a government responsibility. We should do as we are told by government and stop complaining and resisting expansion of government control.
If we own our own bodies, then we should be responsible for our bodies and government must not infringe on our freedom to do so.
Sometimes we forget that socialism is not so much about providing goods and services, it is about controlling human beings and it cannot, therefore, recognize the human rights to life, liberty or property.
Perhaps this is the reason the framers of our Constitution made no provision for federal control of health care.
Albert J. Segalla, Copperopolis
What a bonehead idea
Can that “activist” who is demanding that The City spend scarce dollars for a dog enclosure at Alamo Square Park because her dog once ran off really be so out of touch (as reported in your story “Park-fence push has pooch lovers set for dogfight,” Sept. 27)? Does she not know that The City’s budget woes are already placing hundreds of elderly, frail residents at risk due to a lack of funding for vital services, or that education for our children has been slashed? Does she not realize that it’s her choice whether or not to keep her dog on a leash?
But I don’t really blame her for her misguided activism. I blame The City for even considering her request without telling her — flat out — that her idea is absurd.
Sherrie Matza, San Francisco
Both ends of spectrum
The San Francisco Examiner’s local news reporters and columnists cover local news adroitly. The Examiner’s national political columnists continue their scripted right-wing belly dance.
Al Ujcic, San Francisco