Local Revenue Measures; UNITE-HERE Settlement; Meg Whitman and Black Voters; Gay Priests in Rome; More on Fred Bekele …

by on July 29, 2010

To the Editor:

San Francisco government does not need any more revenue. They need to give taxpayers more for their money by cutting their outrageous costs and increase productivity. They have plenty of money. They just waste a lot.

Kevin Wallace
San Francisco


To the Editor:

Congratulations to Unite Here’s victory settlement with SEIU. The brutal struggle with SEIU has indeed shown that money and Ivy League Washington based consultants and organizers can’t defeat the grassroots strugle by a member-led union such as Unite Here and NUHW. As a Local 1021 member and supporter of NUHW, I can personally attest that NUHW is ready and able to engage in the battle to win the support of health care workers in California. It is my understanding that NUHW now has sufficient resources to fully engage SEIU-UHW. NUHW will win World War III.

Francisco Martinez
Oakland, CA


To the Editor:

I applaud new SEIU President Mary Kay Henry for her leadership in ending their disputes with UNITE-HERE. She knows that SEIU’s former friends and allies are abandoning her union. I hope this truce is permanent.

But Ms. Henry should remove Bruce Raynor from the SEIU International Executive Board (IEB). He is toxic. After all, he was only an appointed member by Mr. Stern so that the latter can have access to UNITE’s former assets. In the case of Mr. Eliseo Medina, this guy is another career unionist who has no “balls” to challenge Mr. Stern because he has accumulated wealth and power over the years at the expense of union members. He’s sitting comfortably on his “union throne” in California. Mr. Medina should not be mentioned in any U.S. labor history books positively. He should join Mr. Stern in Wall Street and leave the workers at the hands of another genuine rank-and-file leaders.

Andres Bonifacio
San Francisco


To the Editor:

Excellent piece, Harrison Chastang! I’m glad that you haven’t stopped speaking truth to power and keeping the community informed. Meg Whitman’s lack of interest in the issues and concerns of members of the Black Electorate is not surprising. You can bet her campaign will use its resources to craft and organize some future events targeted toward African Americans, but held in venues and among people considered more supportive or open to her candidacy. Too bad I never hear from you anymore. All the best, bro!

Darryl Cox
Exton, PA


To the Editor:

The only response the Black and Latino community should convey to Mrs. Whitman is to not cast a vote for her in the upcoming election. Then, it will quickly capture her attention and then maybe she’ll modify her behavior.

Blackscholar Black
Washington, DC


Dear Harrison:

What’s most telling about your article is your old-fashioned view that African American and Hispanic voters are interested in the following issues: “race, crime, drugs, discrimination, gentrification, [and] police brutality.” Yes, but they are more interested in education, investment, micro-financing, enterprise zones, opportunity, and advancement. Stop treating non-white, non-Asian voters like a bunch of victims with their hands out and their mouths open whining. The more thoughtful among them want a hand up, not a hand out.

Dana B.
San Francisco


To the Editor:

Better for these priests to screw each other than for them to screw the children like some other priests do. Anyone want to re-think this religion business?

Charlie Ridgell
Oakland, CA


To the Editor:

Fred Bekele’s fight is our fight. Good to know he is not letting these crooks get away with it … No thanks to authorities who are also in bed with crooks.

Ted Ross
Sacramento, CA


To the Editor:

Take the politics out of the process, and lease the garages to the highest bidder. The taxpayers will be the real winner. Enough of this silly rigged bidding.

Frank Fitz
San Francisco



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