Universal health care is part of the Constitution 

Now that some of the Republicans in the House have demonstrated that they can read the Constitution, the question is, do they understand its intention?

The preamble clearly states that “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare ... do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United Sates of America.”

While “We” means all of us, with no exceptions, “Welfare” includes “well-being, happiness, health and prosperity” — also for all!

In other words, it is not only a duty of government to provide health care for all, but unconstitutional not to do so.

President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats have worked hard to correct this past violation of the Constitution; the Republicans have worked equally hard to continue the injustice and make a mockery of our most important document.

Jorg Aadahl, San Mateo

Herrera just couldn’t wait

When City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced months ago and while still in office his intent to seek the Mayor’s Office, he created a financial obligation for San Francisco taxpayers.

Three Santa Clara County attorneys have been hired and now sit in on meetings of the Board of Supervisors, requiring us to supply attorneys at some point for Santa Clara, all because Herrera couldn’t wait until he was done with being city attorney.

Richard Hanlin, San Francisco

Unions have cause for fear

New census figures released recently show state revenues declined by nearly 31 percent in 2009, a $1.1 trillion loss. Underperforming investments by state pension funds and declining tax revenues were cited as the primary causes for the falling revenues.

Nicholas Johnson, director of the State Fiscal Project at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, told the Washington Post that next year will mark “the most difficult budget year for states ever.” A recent study by the group found that 40 states have projected budget gaps totaling $113 billion for next year. Forty-six states have raised taxes and made deep cuts to close a combined budget gap of $130 billion.

And the Republicans are now trying to spoil life for unions by taking away their right to bargain. They are also trying to push through several measures that would make it harder for unions to collect dues money to be used in politics or just to run the unions generally.

Unions are very alarmed right now about what’s going on.

Ted Rudow III, Menlo Park

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