“Unlimited funds to enrich defense contractors, Wall St., but not for investment in the people?”

Today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter: We spend billions on tools of war, benefiting a few, but we eschew spending for human purposes, never giving consideration to a democracy's responsibility to invest in its people to help share economic well-being and vote with a country-nurturing insight. Must funds always be unlimited for those things that enrich defense contractors or help Wall Street speculation but not for investment in the people? Jim Hoover, Huntington Beach

My doctor’s kickass LA Times letter: “Ignorance cannot dictate public health.”

I'm lucky. My internist is not only a top notch physician, he's also a sharp-as-a-tack, hilarious, proud liberal. Whenever I go in for a check-up, we spend the first ten minutes talking politics (Well, after he tells me a couple of jokes. Priorities, people!). And by talking, I mean lamenting. And by lamenting, I mean wanting to get drunk and point and laugh at random conservatives. Take the anti-vaccination crowd, for instance. You know them, the ignorami who want you to Just Say No to vaccines, because... freedom! Now meet Dr. Richard Wulfsberg, who not only rocks in general, but nailed [...]

Phot-OH! #BlameObama

I still can't bring myself to write about the outrage, despair, and anger I feel about the election outcomes. But that doesn't mean I won't stop fighting for what's right, what's just, and what's liberal and progressive and good for the US of A. It only means that I won't subject myself to the stress that comes with ranting about the injustices and utter idiocy that we face, now that we have a Republican Congress. Instead, how about some facts? I'm no "Obama apologist," but credit where credit is due. Lately he's been executing some well-placed kicks in the ass. [...]

We the people need our own channel instead of being “terrorized by corporate cable news”

Couldn't have said it better myself: Here is a recent Los Angeles Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter: I will not let my jealousy of Rick Steves (for turning a passion for traveling into professional success) get in the way of congratulating him for his wonderful piece on the cable news-stoked fear gripping this country. The corporate media that create this fear damage our society in incalculable ways. ("Tune out cable news and turn away fear," Op-Ed, Nov. 4) As Steves says, their agenda is profit. But how could anyone not notice the ramping up of Islamic State [...]

What if it was called Globola? Or Gunbola?

Sometimes it's not necessary for me to add a word of commentary. I submit to you Exhibit A: "@ArtByAlida: Today's Climate Funny. "What if #climatechange was called Globola?" pic.twitter.com/VGveVW6ce0" LoL @frankejames — Janet Webb (@JanetNorCal) October 24, 2014 Next, directly from the Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, is Exhibit B, because our voices matter: Follman notes that guns kill 30,000 people in the U.S. annually. And nary a peep is heard. Can you imagine if those were 30,000 U.S. deaths from Ebola every year? The roar would be heard from shore to shore. Elizabeth Keranen, Bakersfield

“A minority voter staying home on election day is a vote for a Republican.”

Via one of my favorite Twitter pals ever, Clay Bennett Please read the last part of the following letter twice, and then share it with as many people possible. While you're at it, please vote. And while you're at it squared, please help everyone you can to get to the polls so that they can vote. In other words: Here is today's Los Angeles Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter: What immediately came to mind reading this article was the saying "cut off one's nose to spite one's face." It seems to me that's what the Latinos in [...]

Vietnam veteran: “When did we become a nation of such panic?”

On the front page of my morning Los Angeles Times was this headline: White House grapples with limits of air campaign against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Seems we need more assistance than we're getting in order to stop ISIS in its tracks. Quelle surprise. Then I read and watched the latest breaking news on Ebola. Between those scary accounts and GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter's lies about !!! TEN ISIS FIGHTERS !!! having crossed the Mexican border RIGHT INTO TEXAS, USA!! it dawned on the GOP to blame President Obama for his lack of feck and obvious schemes to fulfill his dreams of [...]

To those considering sitting out the November elections…

The Los Angeles Times letter to the editor below illustrates the stark differences between Democrats and Republicans. My frustration, anxiety, and concern have grown recently as the number of polls showing the chances of a GOP Senate takeover have increased. If Dems and Independents don't get their asses to the polls, those predictions will become a reality. And that reality will spawn more realities, scary ones, that will make the mess this country is in now look like paradise. So before deciding to sit out the elections in November, please think again: Like what happened to abortion clinics in Texas? Then don't vote. [...]

When is Mr. Corporation “going to prison for the deaths of 8 people?”

True to form, the Los Angeles Times is making it impossible to find something on their website. However, in my morning paper, there was an excellent letter to the editor that I wanted to share, because our voices matter. As it turns out, the author is a Twitter pal of mine, @jonhartmannjazz. Here it is, verbatim: Re "Record fine proposed for PG&E," Business, Sept. 3 Since corporations are people, when is Mr. PG&E going to prison for the deaths of eight people? Jon Hartmann Los Angeles 'Nuff said. Kudos, Jon!  

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