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You should also talk to Lateefah Simon. Racial equity is her day job!
Great campaign by the Praxis Project, although given the power of advertising in the United States, it's difficult to curb the deceptiveness of ads. Free speech in this country has for the most part become the freedom to engage in commercial speech. Last year, for example, ad revenues totaled about $320 billion -- nearly 60% of what we spend on public schools K-12.
Do you crypto-anarchists really think the mayor is aware of every action going on at every level? Why is this article significant?
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I am so glad to have you all out there reporting this stuff. Thanks.
when you elect tools of the powerful,
people are going to get pimped.
Thanks to Belinda for providing the documentation which provided the foundation for this article. These revelations are very troubling and underscores the lack of accountability on the part of the City's administration. We deserve better and so do all victims of the misconduct and incompetence that have brought harm to many Oakland residents.
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Oakland doesn't need to finalize its policy in order to do the right thing with this land: build low-income housing - that remains low income housing forever - on the entire city-owned parcel. Neighbors don't like it? Too bad. Time for the hills to accept their share of low income housing.
Wait, it's "mishandling evidence" to have a typist transcribe recorded interviews with a suspect? Unless Gannt is a terrific typist, someone else definitely should have transcribed the tapes. And no matter who transcribed them, the transcript could contain errors. So presumably the tapes are still available, because THEY, not the transcript, are the "evidence."
As for the rest of these allegations, everyone knows OPD is totally corrupt and that the City and the DA allowed or enabled this corruption for many years.
Definitely adding Benoit-Casper to my next Bay Area itinerary.
I've been lucky enough to be covered by my employer and still am. Still, the stories of people filing for bankrupcy because of medical issues have not been in the news lately like they used to be.
The article is good but readers should also know that repeal can be done with 50 votes. Replace will need 60 - that means some dems will have to go along if replacement is going to even happen. AND Trumps people have a few very watered-down replacement plans that are FAR inferior to Obamacare (even with all its flaws), but will be much cheaper for the government. So Dems may be put in the postion of having to help pass some very bad legislation or be blamed for blocking Trump's precious "replacement" plan - it's a lose-lose.
BTW without coverage, people use the ER for primary care, which costs everyone a lot more money than if they could get actual preventative health care.
ilona RN, MSN
Over 200,000 people may lose their jobs and/or healthcare in CA-- 6,000 people in Alameda county alone, and somehow they can be accused of not planning ahead and/or will soon be sucking the govt's tit for all that great free stuff that's so casually handed out to anyone who wants it? Not everyone has bootstraps to pull up!
Count yourself very lucky if nothing unexpectedly harmful has ever happened to your family member or friend that was beyond their control and insurance wouldn't cover expenses; or that you weren't laid off or had your company eliminate health insurance because it was too expensive; that you aren't self-employed and your insurance wouldn't cover needed surgeries; that you have never had to choose between rent, food, or an exorbitant medical bill; that you've never been in need, homeless, or jobless.
The US govt unnecessarily spends billions on the military that, in part, could go to providing free healthcare to every US citizen. But some "undeserving" person might benefit from it, so let's scrap anything remotely to do with creating a just, healthy society and let our current President and his billionaire cronies, who have no plan, wreak havoc on the populace.
Thank you for your compassionate actions and letter. If everyone would be willing to do their little bit for their neighbor we wouldn't have such a problem!
When I read a comment that contains, "these people", I discard from my mind anything else that person has to say on the matter. Otherization is not what we need.
This country is boiling over with division, selfishness and extreme hard feelings towards our fellow citizens just trying to get by (as we all are trying to do). We claim to love our country while being hateful & uncaring to so many people in it. Too many people have pride for their country but are deficient in the love department for it. As one guy pointed out in a video I recently watched, a country is not it's government nor the land it occupies. A country is the people living in it. This is that video, a must watch type video (IMO):
'Celebrate the diversity that makes America, America. Share this video to show #WeAreAmerica.'
Instead of a critique of the houseless individuals that are doing the best they can and in this case, are doing darn well with nothing, we should be asking what can we do to help.
If I see someone with car trouble or some other trouble, I'll stop to ask if they need help. I did just recently with a guy & his car stuck in the middle of traffic broke down. This fact about me is especially true if I see they are doing their best to help themselves in the situation they are enduring.
I know 1 person can't help everyone, not even close. I'd be crazy to think that I could do much, especially for all. I try not to let that change me though. When I feel that way of thinking could be affecting my outlook & judgement, I reflect upon The Starfish Story.
How would people feel if a homeless encampment moved in their backyard? Many homeowners who live in the area pay property taxes and have done their best to make this part of Oakland appear better. While homelessness needs to be addressed, this is not the solution. I have proposed to the city to put these people to work and pay them with vouchers which pays for their rent. It would be best to move them to Richmond where there is ample space. Problem solved.
My understanding is that Obamacare is a FAKE, and that President Obama misrepresented Obamacare. It is almost entirely an extension of Medicaid, which probably covered the gentleman who is the main subject of this article. Medicaid will remain around even if Obamacare is eliminated.
But a lot of people are really worried. They have not taken care of themselves and their families, and obtained employment with medical benefits. They have not planned ahead. We should ask people to take responsibility for their own lives and not expect to be dependent on others, asking others to shoulder their burden.
A society of dependent people is not a strong society. As the working population ages, as the baby boomers age, there will be less of those contributing and more of those who are living off of the government. That spells bankruptcy for government programs such as Social Security and Medicare. Of course, accidents and emergencies happen, and these have always been covered by Medicaid.
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