Two votes for Willie Brown
Re "Patt Morrison Asks: Willie Brown, State's man," Column, Aug. 21
What a great interview.
Never a lightweight, Willie Brown displays his real knowledge of political power and how to use it for the public benefit. His wisdom on what term limits have done, and perhaps how campaign finance should be so transparent and therefore easy, is just brilliant.
How about a write-in candidacy for Brown? I'm pretty sure he knows the answers and how to fix California.
Too bad he doesn't want to be governor of our formerly great state.
Susan L. Taylor
This was a fantastic piece, except that Brown doesn't explain his basis for deciding what's in the public's interest, which he referred to numerous times and is the foundation of his governing and political longevity.
I was amazed at this man's political clarity, grasp and communication skills. He should use his extraordinary abilities as governor.
The president and his faith
Re " White House reminds nation that Obama is a Christian," Aug. 20
As a nation, I would like to have our citizens become more inclusive, more accepting and valuing of the differences that distinguish one person from another. Religion is certainly one of the significant differences.
I think polls, such as those mentioned in this article — and the resulting media coverage — that match one major religion against another work against people developing an inclusive mind-set.
Whether it is on race, gender, sexual orientation or religion, we citizens need to be working toward becoming more inclusive in our acceptance and valuing of others' differences.
The mere fact that President Obama had to actually declare himself a Christian, and the fact that so many people believe he is a Muslim, are deplorably illustrative of both the pervading ignorance and the judgmental attitudes in this country.
It's also sad that he allowed himself to be manipulated by these polls, effectively saying, "I hereby declare that I am not a Muslim, or an atheist, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist." Uninformed Christianity and the right wing have hijacked this country with their vitriolic divisiveness and ideological demagoguery. Where does that leave the rest of us?
Neither Obama's religion nor his ethnicity constitute why I voted for him.
However, with this moronic screeching frustrating all his attempts at governing, he is in a no-win situation.
Must you continue giving press to these dogmatists and racists?
My wife and I read the articles about the polls showing the increased numbers of those who think that the president is a Muslim, was not born in the United States, doubt his belief in Christianity or other absurdities; it is sad to see how ignorant and mean-spirited so many Americans are.
The difficult times of our recession and the politics of the "tea party" and ultra-conservative Republicans are bringing out the racial, religious and ethnic prejudice that lie just beneath the so-called civilized veneer of our society.
It is good to see that not all Americans apparently fall for the outrageous lies disseminated on the Internet, TV, talk radio and some so-called news organizations.
Unfortunately, too many believe these wild accusations. Too many ignore facts or real news and forgo the use of critical thinking to analyze what they hear.
The talk of the United States overcoming its history of racial intolerance with the election of Barack Obama as president was obviously premature.
You've got to break a few eggs
Re "Second egg recall issued," Aug. 21
With the expanding list of egg recalls, one cannot help but wonder why the FDA and the USDA haven't shut down food producers that have long histories of safety violations.
It would surely be in the interest of the industry as a whole, for who in their right mind is not nervous about eating eggs these days? And it certainly would be in the interest of the public, which I thought these agencies were created to protect.
Fines clearly do not work. If the agencies lack enforcement authority, then it's time for Congress to show us it can do something useful.
Larry W. Cohen
The very fact that so many hundreds of thousands of eggs are sourced from a single farm business raises a huge red flag to me. This goes right along with the message of the movie "Food, Inc." about agribusiness in our country.
Half a billion eggs have been recalled because they are potentially tainted, and some of the farmers involved have been cited numerous times for health and safety violations. But as most conservatives would say, we don't need government regulations; accidents just happen.
Ralph S. Brax
Second-rate public officials
Re "Leaks don't kill kids," Editorial, Aug. 21