Union bashing simply misinformed ranting

For three days last week, The San Francisco Examiner ranted against unions.

I have read in this paper that most people don’t like unions. That is because of the lies they are constantly told. I have read that card-check recognition will deny workers the right to a secret-ballot election. Not so.

It is the employers who will have their wings clipped. The workers will still be able to have a secret-ballot election if they choose. Now, in Thursday’s paper, I read about how horrible it is that government contractors have to comply with the Davis-Bacon Act.

Look, we have the right to unionize, and our unions have the right to actually do something. If you people can’t stand that, why don’t you find some other place to live and leave us alone?

Michael J. Benardo, San Francisco

Flaws in airport security

Airline passengers and flight crews are being subjected to see-through screens and are being groped by Transportation Security Administration agents (except Muslim women, of course).

The ground crews come and go without even a guard at the gate. No wonder the TSA came after the whistle-blowing pilot with a vengeance. He revealed what a facade the TSA is. It is time for Janet Napolitano to resign her office and refund her pay.

It seems that if you tattle on your neighbor, it is good, but it you tattle on the government, it is wrong.
What is wrong with this picture?

Keith C. De Filippis, San Jose

Mideast-policy missteps

Thank you for publishing John Bolton’s comments regarding U.S. foreign policy.

In fairness to the president, our Middle East policy has been a disaster for years. The pressure on Israel to make unilateral concessions began long before Barack Obama. George W. Bush developed the “road map to nowhere.”

His father’s hostility toward Israel and closeness to the Saudis only encouraged Arab refusal to negotiate for peace. Bill Clinton supported the misguided policies of Yitzak Rabin, which led to nothing except more Islamic terrorism.

And the list goes on.

The failure of others does not excuse this president. We are facing a belligerent and dangerous Iran and a growing wave of Islamic fundamentalism determined to spread its ideology by terror. Passivity is not the answer.

Gil Stein, Santa Cruz

Terrorists’ strategy

The Pakistani Taliban using a female suicide bomber for the first time — in the Christmas Day attack — might signal one of two things.

Either they are getting desperate for willing suicide bombers — and are now using women as a last resort — or are now using a new, clever strategy, as women can conceal explosives more effectively beneath their loose-fitting traditional outerwear and authorities are often reluctant to search them.

Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach

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