Obamacare a massive drain on our economy

In response to the letter bashing attempts to block Obamacare: I find it interesting Social Security is used as an example of a successful government program that should be emulated.

I agree it is of great help to many Americans, but just like the new Affordable Care Act, this government-run boondoggle should be the shining example of why not to give government free rein over another social program. It is a massive drain on our economy and even liberals are wringing their hands over what's to be done.

Now we are faced with the largest grab of private enterprise in the history of our country that has already given unions, special interest groups and even Congress itself a free pass not to participate.

Maybe we should not have listened to Nancy Pelosi's assertion that we will "find out what is in the bill after it has passed." Reading the bill now has made me feel so sick that I do indeed need a doctor.

Craig Gose

Castro Valley

Plan has worthy goal but must be dumped

Plan Bay Area has a worthy goal -- making the Bay Area a great place to live.

But ABAG/MTC's vision of what constitutes a great place would, if implemented, result in a much worse Bay Area compared to one that evolves organically as private enterprise responds to what the people actually want.

Their plan is what results when obscure government agencies, never approved by voters and stacked with special interests who don't represent the vast majority of people in the Bay Area, are given the power to determine how we live.

These bloated bureaucracies employ hundreds of people, costing us taxpayers billions, with the result that these planners now want to force people to live in cramped tenements next to noisy highways and train tracks.

History teaches us to place very little trust in government, and this proposal should be another big wake-up call. Better to eliminate these agencies, have Caltrans build the highways and bridges we need, burn the Plan Bay Area, lower our taxes, and leave the rest of the planning to private enterprise.

Dick Patterson

El Cerrito

Bicyclists should be licensed for the road

This is in response to the Sept. 10 letter, "Rather tangle with cyclist than auto."

This letter writer needs to get a grip on reality. Using their logic, the entire population of California should get out of their cars and trucks, get off their motorcycles and bicycles, and walk.

This would eliminate all traffic congestion, accidents, and most of the air pollution, and everybody would be healthier because they were walking 10 to 20 miles daily, and walking is the best exercise.

More importantly, it would get these bicyclists off the roadways because the majority of them do not obey stop signs or red lights. They ride recklessly across streets, ignoring crosswalks and bike lanes. They ride at night without reflectors or lights and they speed in areas where heavy pedestrian traffic is present.

Bicyclists should be licensed by the DMV just like every other operator of a moving vehicle. It is absolutely insane to think that our society could function successfully without motorized vehicles. Bicyclists need to lose their attitude and demonstrate road courtesy.

Don Crotts

San Leandro

Punishment needed for cyberbullying

I've rarely been at a loss for words. But how to express my dismay -- a poor description of the reality I feel -- over the death of a youngster cyberbullied into suicide.

Anyone abusing an animal must answer to the law. Anyone contributing to the delinquency of a minor is answerable to the law.

Internet use that hounds, harasses and/or intimidates should be punishable. If death results from the aforementioned, the guilty party would spend 52 weekends in jail, dig a grave for a homeless person's resting place, lose cellphone ownership for a year, and forgo computer use unless supervised at school.

Sticks and stones can break one's bones. But the thought that words can never harm isn't what our Founding Fathers has in mind in getting us freedom of speech.

Stanford L. Chandler

San Francisco