Fee or tax—no diff
Regarding your Jan. 15 editorial: Did you call Obamacare supporters "liars" when they said their Affordable Care Act penalties were fees instead of a tax when the Supreme Court affirmed it was a tax?
Voters aren't stupid; either way, if it's called a linkage fee or a tax, it's still confiscatory. Most voters think the government takes way too much anyway for what citizens get in return. If it's less expensive to build across the street, in this case another city next door, where do you think the buildings and jobs will go? The opponents know the truth, even if you call them liars—this linkage fee will send jobs out of the city limits of San Diego.
Paul Richard, Bankers Hill
I thoroughly enjoyed your Jan. 15 editorial on the workforce-housing offset. Suffice my comments to say that you hit the proverbial nail on the head! This is one more reason I voted for David Alvarez for mayor! On an other issue, the letter from Valerie Sanfilippo in the same issue totally misses the mark concerning our recent mayor, Bob Filner. The only person responsible for Mr. Filner's downfall is Bob Filner himself!
John Plough, Hilcrest
Don't trust council
First, I want to say thank you for your Jan. 15 editorial about the workforce-housing offset, this third move against San Diego's local businesses. It is a shame most of the public is uninformed about what goes on in politics and don't even recognize when a tax or levee has been raised against them.
Most San Diegans are completely unaware of this recent act by the council. The referendum only gives the public the ability to vote on this issue, and in light of recent corruption from our executive branch (Bob Filner), wouldn't it be reasonable to double-check all our representatives' decisions to make sure they are aligned with our best interest?
I understand people are tired of seeing signature gatherers everywhere; however, the freedom of speech they protect benefits all Americans, whether you agree with the issue or not. Anyone who would side with the City Council instead of a coalition of local business leaders should double-check their research. I side with neither; however, I would like a chance to vote on an issue that will cause a drastic effect of change within my city.
I would like to see both sides of this argument fairly represented, which is only fair, considering petitioners protect the freedom I harped on earlier that the media still enjoys. Let's get a vote on the City Council's decision to see if it is best for San Diego.
Andrew Lopez, Mission Valley
I think you're being a little unfair talking of "pathological liars" and of businesses leaving low-wage workers out in the cold ["Editorial," Jan. 15]. We'd do better getting low-wage earners better trained, maybe through additional education or internships.
Moving from a 1990 rate to a 2013 rate all at once is quite a shock for planning. Also, I don't see a direct link between commercial building or expansion and affordable-housing units.
Jan Bourgeois, East Village
Just read the Jan Goldsmith interview ["News," Jan. 22]. Thanks. The guy has puzzled me as I have watched his public life. This helps a bit.
I do wish you had asked him if he had feelings about the old Anatole France comment, "The law in its majestic equality forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, beg in the street and to steal bread."
Thomas Schlegel, Ocean Beach
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