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Oct. 17 Letters to the Editor

<b>Grenades anyone?</b>

EDITOR: Gov. Jerry Brown's veto, for the sake of this state's hunters, of a bill limiting the sale of semi-automatic weapons left me wondering ("Brown vetoes gun controls," Saturday). I've known and respected many hunters in my life but can't recall any who equated rate of fire with hunting skill.

If it's firepower that's required, perhaps our less-able huntsmen should lobby the governor for the legal use of hand grenades.

PAT STEPHENS

Sebastopol

<b>Misreading reality</b>

EDITOR: John Flaherty's anti-Charles Krauthammer letter ("GOP's hypocrisy," Monday) deserves a rejoinder only because it's reflective of popular misreading of reality.

ObamaCare was not conceived through decades of prior research but in a great rush to take full advantage of a Democratic Congress and president. This was expediency, stupidity and hypocrisy of the nth degree — since the legislative and executive branches were to be exempted from this legislative offal. True, the EU offers universal health insurance and European countries are in persistent economic difficulties.

Unquestionably, health insurance reform was overdue — but Obamacare was an ill-disguised effort for eventual single-payer system, certain to provide health care with the efficiency of the U.S. Postal Service and compassion of the Internal Revenue Service. (We're there now.)

The fundamental flaw of socialism is that well-intentioned programs aren't actuarially sustainable: Medicare's solid to 2024, Social Security to 2033. To fund growing social programs requires an increasingly well-educated, productive work force and a growing GDP. (We're not there now.)


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