The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling regarding President Barack Obama’s historic health care legislation is victory for health care in our nation. It is truly a testament to Obama’s vision and leadership for our nation and our people, as well as the leadership, commitment and hard work of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, on this issue. Chief Justice John Roberts also deserves credit for the 5-4 swing vote on this momentous ruling.
But the game is not over.
The Supreme Court’s decision will play a significant factor in the presidential campaign — which has been heating up dramatically in its rhetoric in recent days and weeks — offering a brief glimpse of the probable negative and nasty politics we can expect to see ahead between now and the November election.
This potential meeting of the gladiators in the political arena could turn into a state of affairs that our nation, people, and our democracy neither need nor flourish under.
Or it can serve as an opportunity for our nation to emerge stronger.
Use North Point lanes
I’m writing to call out bicyclists who do not take advantage of the new, expensive, highly leveraged bicycle lanes running in both directions on North Point Street in the northern part of The City.
After years of planning, discussion and investment of political capital by many organizations and individuals, the lanes were finally installed more than a year ago on North Point. Meanwhile, bicyclists continue to clot Bay Street, one block south, and endanger themselves and others.
One solution I’d like to call attention to would be to complete the North Point bicycle lane project. The bike lane project will not be completed until bicyclists are better informed of the bike lane alternative to Bay Street. Letting people know and encouraging them to use the bike lane is a critical step that by all appearances needs to be renewed.
This solution would require signs and maybe an outreach officer or two. For bicycles, the incomplete bike lane project brings to mind the metaphor of a freeway without an onramp.
Investigate budget ties
Your article on the San Francisco budget (“It’s down to the wire for San Francisco’s budget,” June 28) mentioned that the Board of Supervisors were going to “dole out” $10 million in taxpayer money to various “contracted nonprofits” because the employees of the nonprofits want a cost-of-living increase, and the supervisors want to fund their specific nonprofit priorities.
It appears to me that nonprofits have become a de facto branch for government services without the “open government” touted by Mayor Ed Lee in his opinion piece in the same issue of your paper. Lee stated that “making city data available to everyone” was necessary to spur job development.
I believe it is more important that the “city data” be revealed to expose any conflict of interest. The City should reveal online all the nonprofits that receive taxpayers’s money and list the names and salaries of all the employees — especially the officers of each nonprofit — and their operating budgets.
We can then compare the names to the donors of the members of the Board to see if there is a quid pro quo relationship.
Power to all people
Your Thursday editorial was brilliant (“Immigration law ruling a victory for civil rights,” June 28). Justice Antonin Scalia would do well to read this editorial and understand that the sovereignty of the people trumps any sovereignty of government — state or federal.
John M. Kelly