Still disappointed

Thank you for the recent opinion article and letter to the editor regarding the left being more patient with President Obama. We are all relieved that ABB (Anybody But Bush) prevailed last November and yet another election was not stolen, although over 50 million votes were sadly cast for the GOP.

But neither writer made the point that there is a huge disappointment with the present administration. Our struggle is far from over. The election talk has definitely not been backed up by an in office walk. That we have a Democrat instead of a Republican seems to be making little difference. We are still far away from a true health care plan and we are waging wars in many places. Remember that Obama, despite his party label and likely intent is still a capitalist.

By definition, therefore, he prefers to wage war rather than use diplomacy to deal with our concerns. The Israeli, insurance and military complex lobbies reign supreme in Washington, so evident in how we are treat Third World people as subhuman. Just as the scorpion fatally bit the life supporting frog because the scorpion was a scorpion and did what scorpions do, capitalists do what capitalists do. They wage war. Obama is apparently of that mind.

Our struggle continues. We must not ease up because of our hopes and aspirations. We need to walk, not talk.

Don Sloan

New York NY

Haiku: swine flu

original bug

came with the founding fathers

has been with us since

Gary Hicks

Oakland CA

Preliminary win

I got this news story about a preliminary injunction against In-Home Support Services cuts from the Service Employees Union site of United Long Term Care Workers, this is the part of SEIU that represents all us home care workers. We are workers who care for a loved one, parent, child, sibling or close friend and get paid for this care; it is beneficial to the state because it keeps the person home as opposed to placing them in a nursing home which is more costly.

The state had sent many notices stating that the hourly pay was going to be cut by $1. The only ones who were not going to be affected are those caring for individuals classified as requiring protective supervision, which are very few.

Many workers get minimal hours yet some dedicate their entire day to the care of their loved one.

It was reported tonight at our union meeting that the state is requiring all caregivers to be fingerprinted, at their expense, which can bring the state over $2 million. The problem is that many families cannot afford the cost of these fingerprints and the agencies don’t have a way to process them through the IHSS system.

Rossana Cambron

Los Angeles CA

A sampling of comments from

Re: We’re back

I’m glad to see you back to daily reports on the net, and I hope we can get this out to people without computers too. Really good stories in this pilot issue. I salute your efforts and your commitment to a cause that you value.

The greater the change we bring about by the power of our eternal union, the less the need for sacrifice and bloodshed in bringing forth justice into our world.

Samm Dickens

Re: Specter of big government? Get real

Times are tough and it isn’t easy to talk to people on the right but their pockets and hearts are talking for them.

Recently in the middle of a ferocious downpour we met to demonstrate in front of the Blue Cross Blue Shield building in San Antonio, Texas. I was drowning when a young woman came over to put her umbrella over me. She wanted to talk and energetically began to tell me how as a single mom with no health insurance she was worried because her two young sisters had breast cancer and she was next.

This was why we are fighting for universal health care and the public option I said. As she continued with her fears I suggested possibly contacting Planned Parenthood to get some info. She jumped back and got upset about the abortion issue but then went on to talk to me more about possibilities, even while she brushed away her friend and it turned out she was with the tea baggers!

That’s the point. She came with some of the tea baggers but immediately connected herself with those of us fighting for the public option. I hope we meet again.

Viviana Weinstein

Re: Out of Afghanistan

This will all be solved within twenty to thirty years when China, no longer the U.S., is the chief power in the world. The U.S. will have to keep its nose out of where it doesn’t belong just to feed bucks into its military-industrial capitalists.

Don Farrow

Re: San Francisco hotel workers take to the street

God bless all the strikers and I hope you win. It’s a wonder the police didn’t stop you from picketing. Keep up the great work.

Morris Meyers

From the editor

Please remember that those current subscribers who do not have Internet access can get on the list to receive the new print edition starting in January.

The deadline to get on the list is Oct. 31.

I have received a number of calls, voicemails and letters asking to be put on the list, so thank you. Each person will receive a note from me in the next month or so informing you of the cost and to confirm your request.

If you have access to the Internet the new print edition is available to you, NOW! Just go to and click on the download button on the right-hand side of the page. There will be a list of the downloadable weekly print editions in PDF format starting with the Oct. 1 issue.

These new print editions can be printed, copied and distributed locally.

In solidarity,

Teresa Albano

Chicago IL