Businesses must bring prosperity back to US 

To paraphrase President John Kennedy’s famous words: Don’t ask what foreign countries can do for you; ask what you can do for your own country.

Isn’t it about time that the most successful businessmen begin to think about what’s best for the United States of America, their own country that made their successes possible and their dreams come true? The cream of the business crop should not forget that their luck and fortunes were not made in a vacuum or on a remote island. A well-organized, safe and civilized society, and a populace with purchasing power, are all necessary.

The tycoons have so much to be thankful about that a fair payback to a society that made it possible should be an obvious duty. Hiding profits in other countries to avoid taxes is both dishonest and unpatriotic. Instead of sending jobs overseas, use the manpower, facilities and know-how we have here. In the long run, the country and all of us will be better off.

Jorg Aadahl, San Mateo

Battle over light bulbs

You might think there would be better agendas for our legislatures than rolling back light bulb energy standards, yet the battle today is over the incandescent light bulb being replaced by the CFL bulb that is six times as expensive to manufacture, contains excessive mercury, can be dangerous when it burns out, requires special precautions when discarded, and in landfill decay produces dangerous methylmercury.

The battle is also being fought by an informed public that has been stocking up on spare incandescent bulbs for the time when they are no longer produced.

Regarding the cost of home lighting, it is estimated on average to amount to some 12 percent of the electric bill. The avoidance of mercury poisoning in the home is more than worth the cost. Besides, you can always turn off lights when not needed.

Frank Norton, San Francisco

Priorities way off

Why is it a crime to lie to Congress? Another show trial begins soon. Baseball player Roger Clemens is being charged with lying to Congress, one of the biggest collections of liars in the world. Congress members from both parties and both houses lie to the public and media daily. They use the term “being disingenuous” instead of lying.

So perhaps Clemens was just being disingenuous, which is acceptable to Congress members. Our own government was selling assault weapons to Mexican drug cartels and we are worried about Clemens’ congressional testimony about steroid use?

Keith De Filippis, San Jose

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