Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been accusing those who are against the proposed massive increase of government-run health care of being pawns of the insurance industry, being puppets of the Republic National Committee, and has implied we are "un-American."
I am outraged that the Speaker of the House, who has taken an oath to defend the Constitution, would say such a thing freedom of speech is our right and responsibility. I also took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States and devoted eight years of my life to the U.S. Navy. To be called un-American by Speaker Pelosi for exercising my write to speak out is an insult. I am no one's puppet; I speak for myself. I will continue to speak out about the president's health care plan it is my right and my responsibility.
As a small business owner, I am extremely concerned about health care reform. I completely agree that something needs to be done to improve the system. However, the cost of reform can't be saddled on the backs of small business owners.
Forcing small business owners who already can't afford to provide health insurance to pay a burdensome payroll tax is an outrage. Congress has bailed out countless big businesses, but has done nothing to help small businesses like mine afford health insurance. Taxing small business will not reduce the rising cost of health care. How is it a good idea to put another tax on jobs? The new cost on labor will actually kill
What small business needs is more affordable insurance options and a simpler way to shop for insurance-not new taxes that business can't afford. Congress needs to try again and develop legislation that makes things better, not worse for America's job creators.
Perhaps Ms. Pelosi should remember that she is supposed to represent all Americans and not just a few special interests to win political favor. It is she who appears to be the puppet.
-Tim Howard, Milpitas
Rep. Mike Honda has canceled his only scheduled District 16 scheduled hometown meeting. He now has granted a few pre-selected supports the privilege of hearing his voice during a telephone call in meeting on Sept. 1. Like many progressive representatives, Mr. Honda canceled their first meeting because of the quality of questions, quantity of requests and their inability to answer questions with any accuracy or any assurance that they have read or understood H.R. 3200. Although I quickly registered for the first meeting and called his office to confirm the registration I never received a phone call prior to the cancellation.
I received Mr. Honda's newsletter on Aug. 20 stating that the first meeting was canceled but anyone could register for the new meeting on Sept. 1. I quickly did so but somehow I do not believe I will receive the codes for calling in to the meeting. I am one of the tens of millions of U.S. citizens who have been classified as un-American, right-wing extremist terrorists who need to move aside, sit down and shut up. Frankly, I find this totally unacceptable and I will continue to voice my educated concerns about the Obamacare H.R. 3200. If by telling the truth, all voters are getting scared about what is going on in the country, and they should be very scared, then I am guilty as charged.
Last week's letter to the editor by Rob Means is a classic example of a well trained and obedient middle level community organizer following the dictates of the ACORN parent handlers. Mr. Means never addresses any of the concerns in Richard Ruth's previous detailed analysis of H.R. 3200. Mr. Means states he does not want to take the time and gives us a link to refute Mr. Ruth's analysis. It is quite obvious that Mr. Means does not have a clue what is in H.R. 3200 and if you read the link furnished it is apparent that the paper was copied and pasted from the White House Web site and from e-mails sent by Obama Senior Adviser David Axelrod, who handles all the White House relationships with ACORN, unions and the mainstream media.
Mr. Means stated, "The rest of us are talking about single-payer (like Medicare) or public option plans where private and non-profit firms deliver the health care and the government pays the bills." Mr. Means, socialized medical care is medical care or insurance that is funded by the government from a public fund. Democrats, Republican, conservatives, independents and even extremists on both sides are getting very concerned about H.R. 3200, where the government pays all the bills. When the government establishes the committees, appoints the committee members, establishes the rules and controls the funds then that is tyranny and all the members lose their liberty and become slaves to the government.
All these programs do is create massive government agencies that employ millions of people that produce failure. They are designed to fail. If they were successful then we would not need them! This health care bill is a huge fraud designed to give government more control over everyone's life, liberty and property. Anyone ever heard the words "It is too big to fail" Well tell that to the USSR!
Milpitas residents Democrats, Republican, liberals, conservatives, everyone please read H.R. 3200 and decide for yourself and then call, e-mail, write a letter or fax your U.S. representative and both U.S. state senators. You can, you are and you will make a difference. Stand up for your freedom and liberty and do not let the Mr. Meanses of this nation intimidate you or think that you do not matter.
-Robert Windisch, Lacey Drive
Park Victoria repairs
I would like to know why the City of Milpitas has made changes to the way traffic moves on North Park Victoria Drive? With the city short of funds why was thousands of dollars spent on this project? You could have spent the money on streets that really need repair.
You now have two left turn lanes from Calaveras narrowing down to one lane on North Park Victoria Drive. During commute time it backs up.
You now have residents of North Park Victoria trying to back out of their driveway into one lane, where as before they could back out into a slow lane of traffic. What was once an easy intersection of North Park Victoria and Kennedy you have created a back up because it is only one lane. You have made it harder for the side streets to get onto North Park Victoria as there is only one lane to merge on.
Certainly to preserve the roadway the slurry seal was needed but the rest was a waste of money that the city could have used on other streets.
-Tom Warney, Milpitas