Letters for February 13, 2014

Readers chime in on Uber, health-care reform, sex, poverty, and Russia's anti-gay policy

Jesus is my Uber co-pilot

Re “The new cabbie” by Nick Miller (SN&R 15 Minutes, February 6):

Kudos to Syed Hussain, an Uber driver and a Muslim, for saying that if he could have anyone for a passenger, he would choose Jesus. He would ask Jesus if there is a way to stop Christians and Muslims from hating each other, especially because the two religions are pretty similar. Right! Why can't we all live together and respect each other?

Mary Groesbeck


Health-care reform not working for everyone?

Re “Got it covered” by Alastair Bland (SN&R News, February 6):

Medi-Cal is a joke. They can only enroll you in “Obamacare,” but they are not telling people that it does not work. We are a family of four. Our income is $2,040 per month. Due to several health issues, I am unable to work at this time and am unable to access treatment due to the almost $800-a-month share of cost through Medi-Cal. I am 50 years old and a blue-collar guy who has paid taxes since I was 16. The Affordable Care Act says I should be fully covered under the new laws. But all “Medi-Dumb” can say—on the phone every day for almost three months—is that I have a share of cost. They can’t even follow their own guidelines for ACA. I would like a lifetime tax refund so I can pay for my family’s medical care without assistance, because we could be dead by the time California is done stealing the money provided in their agreement with the federal government to provide health care.

Mark Montalbano


Show her your sexpert credentials

Re “Master of sex” by Kel Munger (SN&R Arts&Culture, February 6):

When it comes to sex, everybody’s an expert. Even a 24-year-old Mormon girl from Sacramento. After reading this article, I couldn’t help but wonder what makes her an “expert”? YouTube? Are you kidding? P.S. Has she ever been pregnant? Had a venereal disease? What does she have to say about anal sex?

Jenny d’Heurle


Don’t ignore poverty

Re “What would Jesus say?” by Jeff vonKaenel (SN&R Greenlight, February 6):

Well put, Jeff. Too often, Christians don’t look at what clergy call the “full counsel” of the scriptures. They pick and choose which ones they want to apply to their ethics and ignore the ones about sacrificially serving the poor and needy because these would impact their lifestyle.

Fr. Joshua Lickter