Letters From Our Readers: Heath care legislation must contain tort reform 

The two articles on Page 14 of your Friday edition give tremendous support to those of us who want to see tort reform as part of any health care legislation.

Scott Brown’s election has returned the reform efforts to the drawing board and John Edwards’ admission of having an illegitimate baby has clearly established him as the poster child for greedy, dishonest, narcissistic and insincere malpractice attorneys.

I submit that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are no longer going to be able to keep tort reform off the table in their health care negotiations when people are reminded that the persons whose incomes they are trying to protect are the likes of John Edwards.

Paul Foley, San Rafael

Prominent tip for burglars

That was a great front-page Examiner story about the police picking up fingerprints on stolen and broken-­into cars. Now all the car thieves and burglars know to wear gloves.

Rick Junsch, San Francisco

More jobs, more revenue

At a time of double-digit unemployment, the tax breaks for San Francisco businesses proposed by the mayor — especially the tax break on new hires — would be “one of the most cost-effective ways to create new jobs,” according to the chief economist for the City Controller’s Office. New jobs mean more tax revenue. More tax revenue means fewer cuts to city services.

But don’t expect that argument to go anywhere with Supervisor John Avalos or his fellow Lilliputians on the Board of Supervisors. Maybe the voters in San Francisco will wake up in November to the fact that if you want a better city you need to elect better supervisors.

E.F. Sullivan, San Francisco

Seizing an opportunity

President Barack Obama, as well as Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, woke up on the first anniversary of the Obama presidency to find that their radical agenda came to a skidding, screeching halt.

For the first time since the late 1970s, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a Republican U.S. senator. Scott Brown managed to connect with the electorate’s sense of betrayal by the Democrats on the matters of open governance and national security.

Mike McAdoo, San Francisco

Cell phone fines too light

It should come as no surprise that many people still use cell phones illegally while driving despite a year-old state ban on behind-the-wheel use of hand-held devices. This is a serious safety issue, but the fine is a paltry slap-on-the-wrist $20. Even when you factor in court costs that can bring the total to about $125, most offenders are willing to take their chances, given the low priority and lack of enforcement.

To put some teeth into the cell phone ban, every conviction should be punished with confiscation of the cell phone plus increasingly severe driver’s license suspensions, driving record violation points, fines and ultimately jail time for habitual offenders.

Active police enforcement of the law also must become more ­consistent.

Rebecca Woo, San Francisco

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