Must curb power of the big donors

I appreciate the Times Nov. 20 editorial, "Big campaign money flowing to both parties."

It states what many of us believe -- that campaigns relying on big money is no way to run a political system.

Just take one fact of thousands that brings home the message: The average member of Congress spends four out of eight hours of a working day dialing for dollars.

Out of our disgust with the growing power of big money being spent on campaigns and lobbyists, a number of us in the East Bay joined together in February and formed a nonpartisan coalition, $$$ Out! People In!

We currently have 13 member organizations that support our mission: to restore democracy by taking action to diminish the power big money wields over our government, political system and lives.

We invite all nonpartisan groups that support this mission to join the coalition.

Please check us out on our just launched website, moneyoutpeoplein.nationbuilder.com. We are eager to find a way for you to participate.

Sheilah Fish

Moraga Fish is a coordinator of $$$ Out! People In!

Soon, hate must give way to love


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It seems to me likely there will soon come a time when many people will become sufficiently fed up with the results of hating and decide to seek the ways of loving.

That they will be fed up with fighting and dedicate themselves to recognizing and resolving conflicts within themselves and with others. And become sufficiently fed up with competing for their own selfish interests and take up cooperating for the common good of all.

When a certain threshold of being fed up is reached, what a marvelous world outlook will arise like a phoenix from the ashes of our attachments to and identification with illusory values.

Eventually, humanity will be swept up in this wave and enjoy the peace, plenty, the pursuit of practical solutions to life's challenges, and wholeheartedly embrace the fact of our interconnection with everyone and everything in existence.

Gifts freely bestowed upon us in abundance are here, now. Shall we open ourselves to their presence?

Ron Greenstein

El Cerrito

Article on ACA was well done, helpful

Thanks to Tracy Seipel of the Times for her excellent story on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in the East Bay.

As more and more Californians hear about the benefits of the ACA, it is clear that more will want to sign up.

A recent study found that California has more residents eligible for health insurance premium subsidies than any other state, plus a good percentage of these folks can also qualify for reduced out-of-pocket costs, like annual deductibles and doctor visit co-payments.

The main purpose of the ACA is to increase the number of documented Americans with health care insurance. Who could be opposed to that?

Those with pre-conditions can no longer be rejected in the individual market, and those with limited incomes will now be able to afford the health care insurance premiums.

Thanks, again, to the Times for its informative article on the ACA. Thousands of positive, personal stories are coming forward every day, as the ACA becomes a reality in Northern California.

George Fulmore

Concord