I read the Viewpoint piece by Mark DiMaggio with great interest (“A bike tour to end a barbaric practice,” Aug. 20). People who dedicate their lives to educating others are too often vilified in today’s media.
Besides being an excellent teacher, DiMaggio inspires others to give of themselves in their own areas of passionate interest.
The world’s oceans are in dire need of human stewardship. Sharks are but one species of countless threatened life forms in the ocean depths. Thank you, DiMaggio, for informing others about this situation.
We must leave a healthy planet for those who will come after us, both human and other species.
I am proud to count DiMaggio as a fellow teacher.
Teacher, Paso Robles High School
Shame on us
I never had the honor of meeting my grandfather, John L. Matthiesen, who was an immigrant and ran a fine stationary store in Spokane. He was a civic leader and a three-time president of the Chamber of Commerce.
He never had much money, but he taught my parents when they were young to always vote for the parks, because they are the future of a city, and to support school bonds because children are the future of our country.
I was taught this lesson as a child and have always voted accordingly. I have not had the blessing of children of my own, but I will always support any measure to support any school or park. To realize our schools do not have art supplies, pencils, paper, tissue and free bus service makes me sick. Shame on us.
San Luis Obispo
Eve of September
More than New Year’s Eve, I choose to celebrate on the eve of September because there is a time for reflection and optimism and a time for promise. A time for football and study. For a cooler season, for one to cool one’s heels, for cooler heads to prevail. A season for food of thought. A time to look at both sides of the coin to see if it is genuine.
As Abigail Adams said to a soon-to-be president of the United States, “These are the times in which a genius would wish to live.” The challenges are enormous, possibilities endless and thoughts timeless.
Of course, the football team will win the championship. Of course, we will be pressed to study, to do our homework. And the true course is that we do this simply because it is right, just and proper. Because we want the best to guide our youth. Because we want, someday, that our book be “leather bound.”
So now, at kickoff, have a good season and in fulfillment, may you be blessed with just enough curiosity to last a lifetime.
Jack H. Bussie
San Luis Obispo