Nancy's Pink Slip
Straightening out the House: It's my hope that Nancy "OD'd on Botox" Pelosi wakes up unemployed the day after the election ["Her House Divided," Sasha Abramsky, Feature, 8/25]. It's time for her to get a pink slip; that's why I'm supporting and volunteering for John Dennis, the GOP candidate on the ballot. He's not your typical GOP person, to be sure, but then Pelosi, [Dianne] Feinstein, and [Barbara] Boxer have proven that their party label has nothing to do with their policies and agendas.
It's time to really shake up D.C., Sacramento, and [San Francisco] City Hall by dumping any and all incumbents; the professional politicians who feel that they can ignore what their constituents want. Can anyone out there really say that we'd be worse off with "amateurs," if this is where the professionals have taken us?
Straight-ticket voter: I live in the Midwest, and I believe Nancy Pelosi is the opportunist's flavor of the day. But what the hell, she is my flavor today. Any vote I can cast is for a Democrat who will help [President Barack] Obama. In a two-party system, I will always vote Democrat. That's because this country isn't ready for the alternate: Green. It will be one day, but not today.
It took this country 224 years to elect a black man to its highest office, less than 200 years after [the end of slavery]. That in itself should be a bold statement. It speaks so much to the world that the majority of Americans can voice their choices, and that America can lead the rest in democracy. But yet we handicap ourselves in social justice, in which we are behind the rest of the world.
Stop Those Thieves. Oh, Wait, It's the Cops
Let's try direct deposit: Why not just have all the private-sector taxpayers (you know, the people who really work for a living) deposit their taxes directly into the bank accounts of retired cops and firefighters ["Budget Cancer," Matt Smith, Column, 8/25]? It's going there anyway, and think of all the money we would save not bothering to first deposit it into a California Treasury Department account.
Not a cult leader, but a mentor: I was quite surprised to see an article that refers to the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) as a cult and Daisaku Ikeda as a cult leader ["Cult Classic," Joe Eskenazi, Sucka Free City, 8/18]. Daisaku Ikeda has met with world leaders throughout the years to discuss peace, culture, and nuclear disarmament. I have been a member of the SGI for 36 years, practicing Nichiren's Buddhism. This is a teaching that helps people fully realize their potential as a human being and their true potential to contribute to the betterment of society.
Through Ikeda's example as a global citizen, humanitarian, and peace activist, I have learned how to overcome obstacles, struggles, and hardships; stand up for justice; and to be more compassionate and caring. I have raised children as a single parent, gone back to school, and worked in public health care for 32 years. I worked at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, first as a staff nurse and ultimately as the CEO for the last 11 years until I retired in 2009.
I could not have become who I am today by belonging to a cult. I am proud to say that Daisaku Ikeda has been my mentor to contribute to society.
Gene Marie O' Connell
In last week's feature ["Her House Divided," Sasha Abramsky, 8/25] we incorrectly stated that Nancy Pelosi represents the Fifth Congressional District of California. In fact, she represents the Eighth District. SF Weekly regrets the error.