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Letters to the Editor:November 21, 2012 

Letters to the Editor:November 21, 2012

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Cover Kudos

Just a quick note to tell you how impressed I was with the Oct. 31 cover. A big thank you to Adam Rosenlund and Kara Brown for imagination and creativity. Thank you also to the Bohemian folks for all you do and say.


Feast Without Fear

With his recent reelection, President Obama has won the power to pardon more turkeys on Thanksgiving. But each of us can do that, by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance that gives thanks for our good fortune, health and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits and grains. And here are more terrific reasons:

• You will stay alert through the entire football game. • You are what you eat. Who wants to be a "butterball"? • Your vegetarian kid won't have to boycott the family dinner.• You won't have to call Poultry Hotline to keep your family alive.• Fruits and vegetables don't have to carry government warning labels.• You won't sweat the environment and food resources devastation guilt trip.• You won't spend a sleepless night wondering how the turkey lived and died.• Your body will welcome a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol and hormones.

Our own dinner this Thanksgiving will feature Tofurky, lentil roast, mashed potatoes, corn stuffing, stuffed squash, candied yams, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. An internet search on "vegetarian Thanksgiving" got us more recipes and other useful information than we could possibly use.

Santa Rosa

Everything Is Up for Sale

If you really want to talk about being dependent on government, talk about $16 trillion in covert bailouts for Wall Street, and not one of those involved in predatory lending, market manipulation or insider trading has gone to jail. The government protects them. Jamal gets caught with a crack bag; he's going to jail. But Mr. McGillicuddy gets caught on Wall Street; he's protected by the government. Neither administration—Bush, Obama—has pursued any investigations or prosecutions.

So the folks who are really dependent, they get interest-free loans from the Federal Reserve. Wouldn't it be nice if students could get interest-free loans? We're living in a society where everybody is up for sale. Everything is up for sale. They have sold their souls for a mess of Obama pottage. Is he going to put himself on the line for poor people? Is he going have an honest conversation about drones? To assassinate American citizens based on executive power?

Palo Alto

Getting Past the Fiscal Cliff

I attended a special meeting at the White House on Nov. 14, 2012, to address the next four years and getting past the immediate hurdle of the federal "fiscal cliff." The next six weeks will be critical in the effort to raise public opinion regarding the need to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the very rich and to extend tax reductions for the middle class.

What is at stake is the stability of the economy, public safety, health reform benefits to increase coverage to millions of Americans and a devastating $176 million reduction in Community Health Center funding which serves 1.5 million Americans.

There should be no excuse for anyone in Congress to continue playing partisan games and refusing a balanced approach to prevent a total meltdown of our federal budget. For those in the game, this is "sequestration" or a set of automatic cuts—$54.6 billion in defense and $54.5 billion in nondefense spending over nine years. We get cornered into these unthinkable decisions when the Republicans refuse to raise taxes on the wealthy.

Whether or not you believe all the spin of the presidential election, the facts are that the very rich in this country have become richer. In the midst of this recession, the top 1 percent had an 11.6 percent increase in income ($118, 214 increase per person). The bottom 99 percent received an $80 increase in pay per person in 2010.

Let us now call upon Congress to acknowledge the will of the people and work cooperatively with the president to reduce the deficit in a balanced manner.


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