Cheaters and torturers (?)
About your Nov. 11 editorial on the campaign to impose term limits on the county Board of Supervisors:
The Board of Supervisors has enormous power over the lives of every person in this city and county. They control all the voting, courts and jail, health and welfare for every person in the city and county.
They are corrupt and they cheat the vote, persecute and torture the innocent and neglect the sick and poor. The only way to dynamite their corrupt voting system is to overwhelm the vote with landslides that they cannot fudge and flip.
They have cheated Donna Frye out of the mayorship, which she won in the primary against Dick Murphy. They have cheated Francine Busby out of the Congress, which she won against Brian Bilbray. They attempted to cheat the Potrero vote by requiring people to mail in their vote.
The vote itself is their biggest corruption, and we must take it back to get rid of them.
Then we can change the biased rules that give them advantage.
Valerie Sanfilippo,Linda Vista
The real cowards
Thanks for the piece on cowardice! I thought it was too funny [“Sordid Tales,” Nov. 11].
I too hate the overuse of the word “coward,” especially by politicians in their complete refusal to address the true causes and reasons behind terrorist acts.
I think you did a great job explaining what the term is not, but you never really mentioned what it is. While reading, I felt that a relevant and appropriate example of true cowardliness would be the continued use of drones to bomb Pakistani and Taliban militants and civilians.
Who, then, would the cowards be? People like the president and military commanders, the boys with the joysticks playing with reality like it's a video game. Drones are less effective at achieving their objectives, only safer for U.S. military personnel, while simultaneously they line the pockets of our nation's global merchants of death and destruction. They're creating enemies and making enemies of us, only because they themselves are immune to any repercussions. The willingness to kill innocent life for a military advantage in a misguided and unnecessary war for profit and hegemony is cowardly, not to mention tragic for life and future.
Great article, though, keep it up!
Stay where you are, Spanos
About your story regarding Dean Spanos' attempt to hit up San Diego taxpayers for a cool $1 billion to finance a stadium for his Chargers Downtown [“Post-Mortem,” Nov. 18]:
Hasn't he heard, John Moores beat him to the punch in 1998—the year Moores hired a few good players and the Padres were in the World Series. Interesting timing, as the election was right on the tail of the World Series, and, of course, the devoted fans approved the Downtown stadium along with the almost $800 million price tag in the form of bond debt for city taxpayers—of which we still owe almost $200 million.
Now with the Chargers winning a few games this season, Spanos thinks it's time to strike at the taxpayer again when Charger fever might be at its hottest in years.
With the CCDC spending $160,000 for a consultant to evaluate Downtown as a possible site for Spanos' stadium, let's get real! Our Downtown winter homeless shelter is short about half the beds it needs at a minimum; our streets are trashed; schools, libraries, police, firefighters have been asked to “sacrifice” more in the mayor's new deficit budget plan; and our neglected sewer system has been in EPA violation now for more than a decade.
The Chargers can “sacrifice,” too, and stay at Qualcomm Stadium. Let's not repeat recent history with another welfare-for-the-rich project to put San Diego more in debt.
Donna Shanske, Mission Hills