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Consider the Source

Editor, I don’t know everything about Congressman Dana Rohrabacher but a couple of recent letters bad-mouthing him using childish insulting terminology pretty well convinces me that Rohrbacher must in fact be a fine gentleman and a competent congressman. Note to Mary Dolphin. ...

Private Charity is the Wrong Prescription for Health Care

Editor, In my husband’s country of Peru, many people are poor and many more are poorer still. When someone in a town or village becomes sick or has an accident, the women will gather, cook meals and assemble an event. The people attend to eat the food and then pay for it. That...

The Occupy Movement’s Next Target?

Editor: Occupy Treasure Island Park! The privatizers are at it everywhere (“Clash Over Prying Eyes in a Public Park,” July 20) and it’s time to push back. They, the upper 2 -3% of the wealth holders that control about 60% of the nation’s wealth, are working on two fronts: get rid...

Drinking Rules Doesn’t Equate to Civil Liberties Violations

Editor,   Thinking about the social host ordinance and the related controversy I was inspired to read David Vanderveen’s essay (“Local Currents,” May 25 edition). After reading it I thought of an imaginary dialogue with my own son- as if he were a student caught up in this...

Questionable Spending

Editor, I am glad the Independent reported on the city council decision to reimburse council members the cost of attending certain social events (“City Picks Up the Tab for Events,” Feb. 17 edition). It would have been easy to say “yes, but it’s only $450″ and...

Finding Common Cause Within the Safety Net

By Mary Dolphin, Special to the Independent   With the advent of cold weather and changes at the Alternative Sleeping Location, the nighttime shelter for the homeless in Laguna Canyon, Jean Raun and Lee Winocur Field believe that now is a crucial time to unite social service...

Economic Casualties

Editor, In a moral society the care of the destitute, ill and others overwhelmed by trouble is not left up to any particular group, church or charity, but is provided to all who need it, as any common good is, such as police and fire protection, education and available health...