Groups push for race, gender preferences 

The Asian political power base in California is CAPAC, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, chaired by former Rep. Mike Honda. Honda also formed the Tri-Caucus coalition (black, Hispanic, Asian-American). Both organizations truly believe “quotas mean Democracy.” Their goal is to overturn Proposition 209 and return California to race and gender preferences. They also support amnesty and benefits for illegal immigrants.

The great irony here is for the past 40 years the U.S. has been outsourcing its capitalism and factories to China and India. This raised 400 million people from the poverty level (at a cost of 3.5 million American jobs). We are in the early stages of the New Pacific Century.

The new Asian leadership has an opportunity to move us toward “one America, transcending race,” or a path to quotas and wider ethnic division. Get on board, CAPAC. We are all Americans.

Philip Melnick, San Francisco

Protect right to organize

Collective bargaining is an old form producing strength through unity and number. As first principle, this form goes to survival. Conservatives have no problem with this form in principle. Union organizing is not a problem. The problem is corruption of form.

One reader claimed that opposition to President Barack Obama’s card-check bill came from Republicans trying “to spoil life for unions by taking away their right to bargain.” In fact, the attempt is to conserve the right of citizens to vote, by secret ballot, their choice of whether or not to unionize.

Yes, sometimes the old forms come into conflict. Here, the workingman’s “survival” conflicts with democratic process protected by secret balloting. If our Supreme Court can weigh and mitigate the public interest, so can we, the people.

Paul Burton, San Francisco

DeLay sentence too light

It is shameful that former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay got only three years for his money laundering scheme, as this is just a mere slap on the wrist. He should have been sentenced to at least 10 years behind bars as a warning to other politicians who choose to put their own selfish interests ahead of those of the American public.

Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach

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