SEIU-UHW and State Ballot Measures; An Ode to Ed Lee; Pizza is a Vegetable…

by on November 30, 2011

To the Editor:

Why should SEIU UHW bosses bother with costly ballot initiatives? They have already done more than their part to reduce health care costs by making secret deals with corporate bosses to cut their members’ wages and benefits to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s all smoke and mirrors with them.

Charlie Ridgell
Oakland, CA

To the Editor:

While musing under harvest moon,
Entangled with ’48 Wallace Campaign lore,
Strange knocking at Golden Gate door.
A matriarchs Hudson Valley voice called to assure:
“No Henry is Ed Lee,
Yet Adlai at his best could be.”

Ken Tray
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Ms. Woldow once again explains clearly why we cannot expect to make a dent on childhood obesity on the cheap. On the one hand good food costs more and on the other failure to get it to our children will be far costlier. It is simply unbelievable that we cannot invest more in the health of our children, especially the lower income families less likely to be able to afford better food at home.

These families already suffer disproportionately from earlier ill health and reduced life span. Spending the equivalent of 6 months in Afghanistan would cover the needed extra expenses the new school food regulations have imposed. That seems like a small amount when compared to the annual cost of obesity to this country (many times this amount). Thank you for putting your lucid analysis to this issue and to pointing out what the real stakes are.

Laura Brainin-Rodriguez
San Francisco

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