Senator Leland Yee; On Democrats; Harry Knox; Decline of Organizing …

by on February 10, 2010

To the Editor:

I’ve long harbored vague doubts about State Senator Leland Yee. This article certainly adds to my concerns. It would be much more interesting, however, if the article were accompanied by a response from Yee.

Aaron Roland
San Francisco


To the Editor:

Senator Leland Yee introduced California SB 1606 last year. If passed, SB 1606 would create a more user friendly Laura’s Law, which would provide a useful tool for the courts and health care providers. It would remove a number of the costly and burdensome requirements of Laura’s Law. SB 1606 probably languished in the last legislative session because of the rush to pass a budget. Yet Senator Yee is reluctant to reintroduce SB 1606 or a version thereof. With so many reductions in social services, a more user friendly Laura\’s Law would be a useful tool for San Francisco and other counties.

I wonder if there is a relationship between Senator Yee’s failure to reintroduce SB 1606 and his receipt of health industry donations. By the way, Laura’s Law, an assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) program passed by the California Legislature in 1999, has only been enacted by Nevada County with a small pilot in L.A. County. It has not been enacted in San Francisco because the Mayor’s Office feels that Laura’s Law would be too costly and burdensome. An AOT program allows court-ordered, 180-day intensive outpatient treatment under supervision of the court for people with severe mental illnesses who refuse medication because their illness impairs their ability to make rational decisions. I am still hopeful that Senator Yee will reintroduce a version of SB 1606.

Judi Iranyi, LCSW
San Francisco


To the Editor:

I think the Republicans want a knee jerk response that will work to their advantage if we Democrats fight their anger with anger. We just need to stay to the facts and the lies of this movement will eventually be seen. The Insurance industry is banking on us never being able to defeat the lies. That know that a well run campaign such as Scotts can really give the lies much fuel. Then as more and more rates go up and more people are being pinched the dirty truth pokes it head up and then all the Scott Browns in the world can’t fight THE TRUTH about the Insurance industries big ass profits and they were of course big finance contributors.

No doubt the Democrats were ambushed with help from the enemy. The ambush was scheduled and nationally televised what a VICTORY for the REPUGNENTANS. I mean Republicans or do I? Business as usual my ass it is worse than ever because the Republicans scream non partisan and only vote their way period. They are so self righteous that the young voters are going to eventually wake up but only after losing some ground and realizing that the process is on-going. Obama will mobilize the troops again just like he is handling the troops in the armed forces. We have a thinker and a mover in the White House and he has only been in office a year. The conservative lies will be defeated, and seen for what they are — LIES LIES LIES.

Tim Giangiobbe
San Francisco


To the Editor:

I wanted to point out that your article on Harry Knox, while clearly biased toward the anti-Catholic position, could at least be accurate. You could have easily included all of the anti-Catholic remarks made before this single seemingly harmless remark. The fact is this man has issued some extremely anti-Catholic remarks since he obtained this position in the Obama White House. I know you wouldn’t write a recantation of this clearly biased and frankly inaccurate portrayal of these two Senators, but you could at least mention the other remarks that have actually lead to these Senators’ comments. This is just a straw that broke the camel’s back. Please stop filling peoples head with uneducated drivel to perpetuate your liberal agenda in the name of “unbiased news.”

Rob O.
Olathe, KS


To the Editor:

Thanks so much for your article on the decline of organizing in the Obama Era. It seems more clear to me now than ever before that the Democrats don’t want grassroots actions; they want to stay in control. I am a freelance journalist who is considering getting a group of my journalist friends together to encourage news organizations to cover more grassroots actions like this march.

Lydia Breen
Southern California


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