On Welfare Reform; Newsom and the State Convention; National Day of Prayer; Thoughts on School Beat …

by on April 20, 2010

To the Editor:

OK Randy, what is the solution? Welfare forever is not good for anyone. Do we shift to a peace economy and work towards decreasing the military and prison industrial complexes? Or do we just listen to your give the poor a fish approach?

Kevin Wallace
San Francisco

To the Editor:

I simply don’t see welfare reform as a ‘national disgrace.’ There will always be poor, whether due to luck, habits or inability. Taking away funding and providing job training and opportunity, will at least go a long way to weeding out luck and habits from those truly unable to work. If we provide unconditional support, “they will come” to use it. It must be at a cost, so people are encouraged to contribute to society.

Jorg Fleige
Green Valley, CA

To the Editor:

The creation of a permanent, government‑dependent underclass is not good for either the people in that class or for society. I have advocated in social justice programs for decades but as even line case workers know, many on welfare are in bad situations because of poor decisions made by themselves or their parents when they were teens. Once adulthood is reached, people without the work characteristics, experience and training needed to make it on one’s own, it’s a long climb up. A “real” solution is difficult to fathom, but personal and familial responsibility certainly must be part of it if there is one.

Wiley Smithspoon
Los Angeles

To the Editor:

The Lord helps those who helps themselves. Get a job and everything else will work out. Progressive fail to see the destruction that entitlements cause in society. Clinton was absolutely correct in his vision. It’s called tough love, and it is best for all Americans to provide incentive to work.

Roy Bean
Lynchburg, VA

To the Editor:

It should also be noted that job training and the jobs themselves are not beneficial to former welfare recipients. Many of them pay poorly, require long distances of travel, and do not have health benefits. Bill Clinton, in many ways, was a sneak preview of the Bush years.

Herbert Weiner
San Francisco

To the Editor:

I wish Janice Hahn had received the Party endorsement. She is obviously more progressive than Newsom, being for the repeal of the Ellis Act as well as for closing the Prop. 13 loophole.

I have been hearing about people, and they know who they are, endorsing Newsom to “get him out of San Francisco.” First of all, this incompetent has no business in government, and does not deserve a salary paid for by the taxpayers of California ‑ not to even mention that the office of CA Lieutenant Governor is a stepping stone to higher office. Why put him in that position to get rid of him in San Francisco? So we can force him on the state and/or the nation? I think not! And, I really, really hope not! He is termed out, so San Francisco is already rid of him! He is nothing but a political hack. I for one can’t wait until I never hear his name again!

Terrrie Frye
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Constitutional questions aside ‑ WHY do Christians demand public prayer when their own scripture states:

Mark Chapter 6: “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.”

If the Christians continue to demand that they have the right to pray at government meetings etc, we should require that they identify as either “hypocrite” or “heathen” so we can be PC in addressing them.

Louise Dotter
Spring Green, WI

To the Editor:

I will pray for you. God is the only answer for this country, and if we continue to turn our back on him in this country we will continue to see this country decline. I will pray for you and everyone.

Cindy Cannon
Cambridge, MD

To the Editor:

Shame on you. How many AIDS victims have been comforted by prayer? More than you know, or will admit to.

James Karukas
Baltimore, MD

To the Editor:

I fully agree with you. It is time to unite all non‑believers of the world and launch a movement. If USA takes the lead, we shall feel secure since in India where several religions function with state patronage. It is very difficult to criticise any religion, especially Islam, without being persecuted. Visit my blog at http://nonbelievers.blogspot.com, and give suggestions.

Pranati Banerjee
Kolkata, West Bengal, India

To the Editor:

I just want to let you know how I appreciate this article about the union-school district impasse. I am a school teacher, an executive board member of UESF, and a parent of a child who will attend Balboa High School next school year. You are right in saying that transparency is key to solving the challenges we are faced with.

There shouldn’t be a problem explaining the $52 million dollar consultancy that our district placed its resources on. Are there overlapping responsibilities that these consultants provide? We need to understand how that money is spent. As for furloughs, before we need to add more days to the furlough, we need to reduce the reserve money and reduce the money spent on the consultancy. What is necessary are the essentials ‑ teachers.

Magdalena DeGuzman
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Thank You, Lisa Schiff, for your tireless efforts to keep parents informed. Regarding the negotiation impasse: I think teachers have to get tough and begin organizing for a strike around the demand for an end to all layoffs. It would be better if strike action were state‑wide but SF could play a leadership role.

The key to success is steadfast unity. Some teachers are mistakenly opting for an effort to protect their academic program and settle for layoffs as long as their courses are protected. Some of my fellow parents and teacher friends are going to begin pushing for strike action. One can always look for efficiencies in an admin body like SFUSD, but the current crisis is bigger than that. Nine hundred layoff notices should be a wake‑up call.

James B. Smith
San Francisco

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