Friday's Letters to the Editor
Published: Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 5:06 p.m.
EDITOR: Chris Knerr (“No on Prop. 32,” Letters, Sunday) rails against Wall Street, but nowhere does he mention unions. Proposition 32 bans automatic deductions by corporations, unions and government of employees’ wages to be used for politics. How could a ban on automatic deductions — without the employee’s consent — “threaten the jobs, wages and retirement of workers,” as Knerr alleges? It would seem axiomatic that any law that allows employees to keep more of their own money is a good thing.
In a Sept. 1-2 interview in the Wall Street Journal, Gloria Romero, a Democrat and former California Senate majority leader, supported Proposition 32 as going after “what feeds the beast.” Automatic payroll deductions on behalf of public-sector unions are recycled as contributions to politicians who promise to continue to feed the beast. Former Louisiana Gov. Huey Long pioneered such money laundering with his infamous “dee-duct box,” into which salary deductions from public employees were channeled for Long’s elections. Proposition 32 seeks to put a lid on California’s “dee-duct box.”
EDITOR: You gave a friendly headline to Paul Ryan’s “correction” of his marathon time (“Ryan corrects marathon claim,” Monday). It would have been more accurate to say: “Ryan admits lying about his marathon time.” Not the biggest deal in the scheme of things, but maybe this lie hits too close to home.
I can’t speak for all marathoners, but I think most can recall within a few minutes marathon times from more than 20 years ago. To be over an hour off suggests delusions if not dishonesty from the supposed genius numbers man of the GOP. Then again, he is one of those rabid critics of government who has been living off government paychecks most of his adult life.
So, a few questions. Why lie about a marathon time? And is the slogan for the Republicans “We’ll lie about anything?” or “We’ll lie about everything?”
Clint and Clinton
EDITOR: After seeing Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican National Convention, the country scratched its head and said, “Huh?” After seeing Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, the country jumped to its feet and said, Wow!”
EDITOR: Yes, I want to be very careful as not to run into a cyclist. They, too, need to be careful while riding the roads in Sonoma County. It has been my experience that when on the back roads many ride three and four abreast, taking up the whole car lane. When I sound my horn as a warning, I’m given the one-finger salute. So can I sue them for harassment as well? They want to share the road? Then please ride in a single file for safety, and enjoy your ride.
FRANCOIS P. JERINS
Sticking with organics
EDITOR: Even though Stanford researchers have recently concluded that organically grown food is no healthier than conventionally farmed foods (“Eating organic better for you?” Tuesday), I will continue to buy organic foods. Why? I buy organic foods not because they are better for me, but because they are better for our environment.
Organic farms do not use chemical fertilizers derived from fossil fuels that contribute to global warming. Organic farms do not use synthetic pesticides and herbicides that poison our wildlife, pollute our water and work their way up the food chain. Organic farms build up soil rather than use it up as if it were a limited resource. And by buying local organic foods, I contribute to our local economy.
As an environmental educator, I spend a great deal of time making sure my students understand the interconnectivity of natural systems and how humans play an integral part. When something is good for the system, it is usually good for us as well.
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