Border-security efforts will not translate well 

In certain parts of Arizona, the Homeland Security Department has put up signs warning people to stay out. The signs warn of dangerous Mexican drug cartels controlling the area. The signs are a clear admission that Homeland Security cannot control our own borders.

Now Janet Napolitano, secretary of the department, has traveled to Afghanistan to advise its leaders on border security.  In view of the lack of success here in America, what can she possibly contribute? Who would want her advice?

Maybe they will do like they did in Arizona and put up signs warning people to stay out.

Keith C. De Filippis

San Jose

Health care reform a mess

If you take the time to check out the new health care reform changes, you will find that services (physical therapy, caregivers, visiting nurses, etc.) homebound senior citizens need just to get by, along with other benefits, have simply disappeared.

I said it before, and I’ll say it again: This administration and both political parties are out to get us and no matter how much they say, “It’s good for you,” the facts show that it’s just not so. Don’t call it “MEDICARE.” Call it “MEDI-SCARE”!

An overhaul is desperately needed. To the ER ... stat!

Herb Stark

Massapequa, N.Y.

How will Jerry Brown govern?

With the end of the first decade of the 21st century, California faces the prospect of implosion due to dysfunctional government on the local, county and state levels. And whom do we of the Golden State have to be the head of the executive branch of our state government? Why, Gov. Jerry Brown, the man responsible for Rose Bird as chief justice, Prop. 13 and the near implosion of the once-heralded University of California system.

This retread politico and his followers, his fellow lunar-beams, now are facing a situation in which the public employee and other unions, arguably responsible for much of the warped condition of our above-mentioned municipal entities, are going to be, to borrow a phrase from Meg Whitman, coming to the trough.

Will Brown and his acolytes have the stamina to follow the lead of New Jersey’s courageous governor and face the day of reckoning, or will they follow the example of the federal chief executive by acquiescence? 

The state, the nation and the world wonder. So do future generations.

Mike McAdoo

San Francisco

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