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It all about jobsLetters to the editor for Dec. 16, 2013Debt is not the issue; it’s jobsRegarding the Dec. 13 editorial “Deal doesn’t alter grim long term picture,” Republican obsession with deficit and debt is misguided. Our biggest problems are jobs, jobs and jobs.Businesses are sitting on a record $1.8 trillion. Congress needs to help unleash that cash into investment and hiring. That requires demand. Focusing on a nonissue like the debt is the opposite medicine.There is time to deal with issues that are a decade away, but we need jobs and investment now. We are underfunding infrastructure. Repair and modernization is des nike air max 2015 perately needed to remain competitive. We have a high unemployment and underemployment, and the cost of money has never been lower.Is there anything more obvious that needs immediate action? The economy is screaming for demand today, and Republicans are paranoid about a nonissue, holding back the recovery and damaging the labor market.Gery KatonaBiodegradable bags should be the focusIn the Dec. 7 U T story “Gloria pushing full agenda,” interim San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria states one of his objectives before leaving office is to pass a ban on plastic bags. As much as I admire the work Gloria has done since taking over from Mayor Filner, he is ill advised on this issue.Pursuing Councilwoman Sherri Lightner’s plastic bag agenda will affect mostly the demographic he says he wants to protect the working poor and the homeless.This demographic travels by public transportation. They do not have the luxury of having their own vehicle where they can carry extra bags. An extra 10 or 20 cents nike air max 2015 charge for bags is a budget killer for the working poor. Also, anybody who has ever been caught in a rainstorm with grocery filled paper bags will realize that plastic bags are the way to go.Instead, why doesn’t he push for more efficient plastic bag recycling and for stores to adopt sustainable and biodegradable plastic bags? The more stores adopt this, the cheaper the technology becomes.Granted, the latter is not a quick fix. But wouldn’t Gloria rather have as his legacy being the person who started the movement to adopt biodegradable plastic bags?East VillageDon’t t nike air max 2015 ouch those dirty bagsDuring a recent trip to the local Vons I looked at each open checkout line. In one line there were two customers, each with reusable bags. I watched and I observed both the cashier and the bagger handle those bags and I wondered where those bags had been. Were they used the last time and then immediately throw nike air max 2015 n into the wash or were they used and just thrown back into the trunk of the car for the next time they would be needed.I believe they should never be brought back into a store without being washed, and they should never be handled by store personnel. Customers should be responsible for placing their groceries in the bags not the cashier or the bagger. Optionally each store should be required to have at least one cashier line open at all times where reusable bags are not permitted.