THUMBS UP FOR BERNIE
Republicans on offense. Democrats on defense. Eight years of being audacious to hope, and creeping incremental change. Democrats have been running away from Obama, and The Affordable Care Act. Republicans have been winning through intimidation. They don't win because they're right. They win because Democrats ignore much of what they do. Take Bernie Sanders seriously ["What Bernie brings to the table," June 17]. We need change with a capital C, not a small one.
One crisis after another in the 21st century. Soon they will overlap. There is no time for hesitating. There is no time for half measures. Now is the time for dramatic change. 2016 may be the last chance for systemic, progressive change. We've gone in the other direction for too long. If the dogmatic bozos on the right win, then when your grandchildren are alive the world will be far worse than anything Aldous Huxley, or George Orwell imagined.
Deuel Wooward, Chula Vista
PROJECT 25 FIRST
While most media outlets in San Diego focus on our city's costly negotiations with the Chargers, you highlight Project 25, a program for the homeless that could actually save taxpayers money. Your "Housing first, stadium second" piece from the June 3 issue of CityBeat exemplifies capitalism's misguided cultural value system perfectly and calls into question: What is government's primary responsibility?
Some 30 years ago, under the guise of smaller government, Ronald Reagan preached personal accountability and began dismantling what was labeled the Welfare State.
However, to combat the inflated threat of Soviet communism already decadent, military spending soared and tax breaks for the wealthy were championed as job-creating necessities. Predictably, the national debt mushroomed. Since Reagan's Revolution, the attacks on social programs and labor have continued.
Despite this ongoing battle, the Chargers facilities are still maintained by hard-working, organized, municipal employees blamed for San Diego's pension fund woes and the NFL's Players Association remains one of the few financially lucrative, cohesive and influential private sector unions. Talented and often-generous athletes make charitable contributions from, and pay taxes on, incomes I can't even fathom; yet, only recently did the NFL announce the league's home office would start paying corporate taxes.
The $10-billion a year industry will pay a relatively paltry $109 million over the next decade. According to the Supreme Court a corporation is a person. If we the people are being told to accept financial responsibility for ourselves then shouldn't the Chargers stop hiding behind corporate welfare and fund the construction of their stadium? The unidentifiable human bundle sleeping in the doorway that I step over to unlock my front door may not pay any taxes, but then again, he has no income.
Gerald Vanderpot, North Park
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