Letters from our Readers: Health bill needs more support before passage 

With this initial health care bill, we should really be focusing on making proper reforms and only moving toward the incredibly expensive and complicated public option if absolutely necessary. This would provide us with the flexibility of creating a public option later on if a reformed system doesn’t work.

For something as important as health care, we need a bill that passes with widespread support, not one that just barely scrapes by. This legislation should be killed to make room for legislation that’s flexible enough to work in America. Our first solution should not be the most complicated and expensive one.

Dominic Newman, Half Moon Bay

Solutions take time

A year ago, we recognized that the problems President Barack Obama inherited as president wouldn’t go away overnight. Candidate Obama didn’t feed us happy talk, which is why we elected him. He never said America could solve our health care, economic and security problems without raising the deficit. Instead, he talked of hard choices, of government taking painful and contentious first steps toward fixing problems that can’t be left for another day.

Right after Obama’s election, we seemed to grasp this. But today, the president is being attacked as if he were a salesman who promised us that our problems would wash off in the morning. It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything.

Ellie Light, Daly City

Israel aid fuels bad image

The U.S. must make real progress on Israeli-Palestinian peace in order to regain credibility in the Middle East. Now is the time for a long-overdue debate on our current Israeli foreign aid policy.

Israel is the largest annual recipient of direct economic and military assistance since World War II. Israel receives about $3 billion in direct assistance each year, roughly one-fifth of the foreign aid budget — worth about $500 a year for every Israeli.

In the past, the United States reduced loan guarantees to Israel in opposition to continued settlement building, but it has not acted to cut Israel’s military or economic aid. Maybe it is time to reconsider this policy. U.S. foreign aid to Israel exacerbates tensions in the region.

Ralph E. Stone, San Francisco

Obama, check your facts

I was surprised by my notice from the Social Security Administration advising me there will be no cost-of-living increase for 2010 because the Department of Labor has determined there was “no rise in the cost of living during the past year.” I guess we seniors are just imagining that gas, food, meds and electricity prices have gone through the roof.

On this one issue alone, President Barack Obama is guaranteed to be a one-term president. Maybe he needs to appoint a czar of czars to investigate who’s feeding him misinformation, because his administration’s inept policies — particularly in putting together a health care bill and recent security concerns — have led me to conclude that we’ve been had.

Herb Stark, Massapequa, N.Y.

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