Letters to the editor: Issue of Nov. 7, 2013

The importance of knowing CPR

Jerry Sack, a member of the Rancho Bernardo Community Council, recently attended a memorial service for a neighbor at a church in Poway. Jerry is a retired fire chief. Toward the end of the service, Jerry heard another neighbor scream out his name as an 87-year-old was unconscious, slumped over a church pew.

Jerry immediately went into action, first asking someone to call 9-1-1 and then attempting to obtain a pulse and establish an airway. Several others helped Jerry move the person to the aisle, at which time Jerry loosened the person’s shirt to obtain a faint pulse.

While Jerry was doing all of this, a church staff member arrived with an automatic external defibrillator (AED). At this point, first responders arrived and transported the person to Pomerado Hospital in stable condition.

Besides recognizing Jerry Sack for his willingness to come to the assistance of someone in distress, this is an excellent time to remind everyone of the importance in learning basic CPR and how to utilize an automatic external defibrillator (AED). The Rancho Bernardo Community Council will be hosting the third annual CPR/AED training for all ages Saturday, Nov. 23. The free training sessions are 30 minutes long and can help you save a life. For more details, visit www.RBCommunityCouncil.com or email RBCommCouncil@aol.com.

Our hats are off to Jerry Sacks for coming to the aid of another.

Robin Kaufman, President, RB Community Council

Colummnist’s head in the sand

The latest liberal cackling from columnist Amy Roost (Oct. 17) is one of the most foolish missives I’ve ever read. She frequently sticks her head in the sand, but this time she’s imbedded upside down, with her legs waving helplessly.

To preposterously propose that, “Government will never be the problem,” is simply a futile exercise in naiveté. Tell this to the survivors of the Holocaust, where millions were the victims of government gone awry. Tell this to the ghosts of the millions Stalin murdered in the Soviet Union. I could fill pages with historical facts of our own conflicts with other misguided governments with which we went to war…attempting to save the lives of innocents.

Here at home, we have a federal government that our Founding Fathers could never have imagined, the size of which is an enormous problem in itself. We need a government at the national level that is about one-tenth the size of the present monstrosity. Reducing the size would in itself solve most of our financial problems.

I find it strange that Ms. Roost wants to make her point in beating her drum for big government by boosting local government in the form of the fire department. This actually coincides with my beliefs. Strengthen state and local government, like our forefathers would have strongly suggested, letting abominations like Obamacare implode on their own (I predict it will).

By the way, “To Serve and Protect” is the motto of the Los Angeles Police Department, not the government, per se.

Buz Rufe, Poway

‘Secret Service’ responds

I read an article about Poway Secret Service, (www.powaysecretservice.com) about people taking care of little things the City of Poway needs done. On Saturday morning, I asked if someone could cut branches that hung on the sidewalk across from Sprouts on Pomerado Road as I had to duck to use the sidewalk. On may way home a short time later, I noticed that the branches had been cut back.

What an awesome service, and so are the volunteers.

Sandy Moll, Poway

More on minimum wage

In last week’s letters to the editor, Joseph Grieco called my attention to a Paul Krugman article written in the New York Times in February of this year concerning raising the minimum wage as “good policy.”

This is old news, in that it had been addressed in the threaded discussion following online publishing of my letter. In fact, the article states that Krugman believes that this is “good politics,” as well.

Mr. Grieco, however, makes a very valid point. He advises “…employers who can’t afford to pay an adult $360 a week: Do the work yourselves.” That is exactly what will happen. The employee who had a job at $7.25 an hour now has no job at $9 an hour.

Jack Russ, Poway

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34 Comments for “Letters to the editor: Issue of Nov. 7, 2013”

  1. Frank

    Jack please! The minimum wage should be eliminated and a living wage minimum should be instituted. At least I'd have the dignity of telling everyone in the soup line that I don't have a job at $25 an hour. It might as well be a really good job that I don't have than a bottom end of the spectrum job I don't have.

    • Frank, I remember the day I drove by the Gay and Robinson Sugar Plantation on Kauai and saw a sign, "Home of the highest paid agricultural workers in the world" and I said to my wife, "That is a sign they are going out of business."

      They did! Their workers join the former workers of all other sugar plantations throughout Hawaii, and pineapple workers as well in unemployment lines, bragging about how much they ONCE made.

    • Jack Russ

      Frank If the minimum wage were raised to $25 an hour, you would have many more people in the soup line to whom you could tell you sad, sad story of unemployment.

  2. Educated Thinker

    As a business owner, how much money should I pay an employee in order for Amy and her side of the aisle to be happy? How much profit can I make as a small business owner? Wait, I should change my purpose for owning my own business, right? I should not worry about any profit, rather, I should just be happy that my employees make more than me.

    Even so, Amy would never be happy with this either.

    • Frank

      You should change your purpose for owning your own business – after all: "If you've got a business — you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." See, you've been fooling yourself in thinking it's your business. It's the peoples business. The purpose of the people building your business was for you to run it for them – not run it for your own purposes. You should not make any profit ( your tax accountant will tell you that) and whatever is left over after all fixed and variable costs should be equally divided among everyone you employ. See- no worries anymore!

      • EducatedThinker


        It is quite telling that you must mischaracterize the other side's position to try and win an argument; truly symptomatic of a bankrupt ideology supported only by lies, misrepresentations and gross exaggerations.

        BTW – I don't know who the ET above is, but it's not the person (me) that has used that moniker on this (and other) sites for years.

  3. justbehonest

    Is ET and E space T not the same? Perhaps its time ET use her real name.

  4. guest

    Obama apologized today to a very small number of Americans losing their healthcare under his signature law. Finally backed himself into a corner and just couldnt blame Bush. Or any Republican for that matter.

    He needs to aplogize to all Americans. Furthermore, its time for Amy Roost to apologize for her left wing rhetoric as well. You can do it, Amy. Follow your leader, like always.

  5. Tom, the president made a singularly minimum effort to take some of the heat off the 15 Democratic incumbents who met with the president to express their dismay with the kerfuffle surrounding Obamacare. Even those 15, who were accompanied by the Democratic Senator who heads their re-election campaigns in the Senate, are probably collectively tearing out their hair today with the weakness of the "apology."

    The president's approval rating has tanked to 39% (vs. 59% disapproval), but Amy will still be there when it hits Jimmy Carter territory.

    • Amy Roost

      Allen, I think the Administration screwed up on its roll out of ACA and the promises/statements it made about not losing benefits. Am I going to change party loyalties over it? Nope. While my disappointment with the Administration runs high at times, the alternative keeps me firmly planted in the liberal camp.

      • Tom Yarnall

        Yes Amy, I know you will be loyal to the party despite the lies and deception that come with it. I am surprised you have not yet announced your support of "Chameleon" Fletcher. Are you a bit shell shocked by "Sweet Lips"Filner and "Pinocchio"Obama? I'm sure you will get over it.

    • Frank

      “I am sorry that they, you know, are finding themselves in this situation, based on assurances they got from me." – POTUS. Translation:" Ooops! My bad" – the classic non-apology apology. His 'assurances' (actually, a persistently repeated specific promise that was, in fact, an absolute lie) had nothing to do with insurance policies being cancelled. Obamacare was designed and further modified to force people out of their policies and into the exchanges. Nobody who was cancelled did anything to "find themselves' in that situation. Obamascare found them and torpedoed their coverage.

      Latest news: 78% of the uninsured are not interested in signing up for Obamascare. Looks like the young and healthy uninsured won't be funding their fair share of this debacle before it implodes.

  6. guest

    Over 1 million in California alone, lose their health insurance due to Obamacare. And obamacare coverage does not starts until January. To the Liberals obamacare is a success. 17 Trillion dollar debt is a success. Amy is worried about "the alternative" party. Hahahaha

    We all need to be worried about the liberal party "of destruction." We thought Bush was a mess. What we have now is a "historical mess."

  7. Allen Hemphill

    I URGE everyone to read an article in the Washington Post by the man who managed the Massachusetts healthcare system from 2006 to 2010

    He catalogs the problems inherent in getting the Obamacare system up in running PAST the website, including, “A health insurance exchange is more than a Web site. It is an insurance store, and to manage it well requires insurance experience, technical know-how, and savvy marketing and sales tactics. The administration has a few months to put together a management team with these skills, dedicated exclusively to running the world’s largest store for private insurance.”

    • Frank

      You could hear the collective LOL by the entire information technology industry within the first week of the roll out of the exchange sites. Now 3 young software code bangers have produced a totally functional, 'glitch' free, better designed exchange website in just a few days to prove that those govt. exchange sites, including the federal site, could have been completed, tested, and rolled out online to handle any number of simultaneous users in just days. Honest IT developers would have quoted a very small fraction of what was squandered on CGI Federal. One bona fida website developer appearing on a news show said he would be embarrassed to quote more than $250,000 and 30 days to create, produce and deliver a virtually problem free exchange site- which is basically a simple e-commerce engine. He said he can't believe that CGI Federal created such a boondoggle unintentionally.

      • Amy Roost

        It's Monday morning, Frank. Shouldn't you be second guessing the Chargers game rather than web sites?

        • The Chargers and Obamacare are both equally dysfunctional — and neither can be easily fixed. The difference is that Coach McCoy does not make excuses, he admits that the Chargers are not doing well.

          I guess in some ways they are similar. Coach said he would not second guess the putrid First and goal from the six inch line two weeks ago, but at least this week he used Matthews in a similar situation.

          Obamacare is a lost cause.

  8. guest

    Happy Veterans Day.

    Tomorrow there will be more multi-billion dollar Obama failures outed. Instead of all the bribes for votes, he could have paid medical insurance for tons of his constituates. Just saying.

    • Frank

      The crony capitalism through Obama fundraisers and the criminal fraud and corruption already starting to be exposed in Obamascare (e. g. evidence coming out now through the work of ever vigilant James O'Keefe and Project Veritas) may not pull this administration down, as none of the same egregious conduct pervading Obama's regime over the last five years has done the job. However, 100+ million middle class, insurance premium equipped Americans being kicked off insurance plans they like and losing doctors that they like may revolt against the loss of their precious personal free choice by refusing to sign up for Obamascare. This could become coup de grâce for the entirely half-baked fiasco.

      • Amy Roost

        Frank, are you certain that's not your picture next to the word "misanthrope" in the dictionary?

        What do you believe in? Perhaps we could agree on a few things. Maybe this line from the movie Bull Durham?

        "I believe in …the small of a woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days."

        Whaduyuh say, Frank? Can we agree?

  9. When Bill Clinton, who lied to a Federal Grand Jury, advises Obama to tell the truth and get right with Americans, we are well down the rabbit hole!

  10. Frank

    If you are not entitled to a subsidy, you're not likely to want to purchase health insurance through the exchanges. It looks like you can purchase the same policy with the same coverage from the same company outside of the exchanges for the same or even less premium and also retain a larger network of doctors from which to choose from than if you go through the exchanges. The bureaucracy of Obamascare is being paid for by taxpayers plus insurance companies eliminating doctors and service providers in their coverage network to only those who will take reduced payments for their services. Shop through the exchange, pick a plan and company, then see what you can get through an agent or broker before you purchase.

    • Amy Roost

      You leave out one important detail, Frank, which is insurance companies are now required to offer coverage to those with "pre-existing" conditions, which in the past could have meant anything. Par example: I had a 2mm polyp on my uterus that my doctor deemed "medically insignificant" in a letter to insurance companies. Nevertheless, I was turned down by the companies for private insurance b/c of this polyp, and presumably because I was honest and told them I knew my biological mother (I was adopted at birth but later met my mother) had had ovarian cancer. I could have very easily left that info. off my application–a lie by omission for sure but since I was adopted, I wasn't required to disclose it.

      • Frank

        Uh…OK…uh…and how is that important to my comment?? Pre-existing condition coverage is really awesome, but irrelevant here. My point was not about itemized benefits and coverage No plans now, whether obtained in or out of the exchange, exclude pre-existing conditions, preventive care, mental health coverage, etc. My comment was exclusively about whether to use the exchanges or not to purchase the your plan according to the best deal. If you don't need any subsidy help with the premium, aren't you going to pick your plan and see what you might get by going through an agent instead of through the exchange?
        Was I not clear enough?

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