Support our troops
I am the mother of a soldier who is returning soon from his third deployment to Iraq. I’m aware of how much he and his friends appreciate their care packages from home. Some troops are stationed at remote locations where there are few services. Troops on late-night patrols frequently return to base to find the kitchen closed and have to rely on their stash of goodies from home.
Every month, the Military Parents of the Central Coast assemble boxes of books and magazines, snacks, toiletries and other requested items for local soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We sometimes adopt their fellow soldiers who have no families to support them.
Readers have an opportunity to aid our efforts by attending a barbecue at Mitchell Park on Sept. 11 at noon. All profits are used to purchase items in bulk and pay for postage.
You can also donate items at the barbecue. Especially needed are individually packaged snacks of all kinds (peanuts, granola bars, jerky, gum, powdered drink mix, etc.), chemical hand warmers, toiletries, DVDs and paperback books.
Last year, more than $1,000 was raised, along with donations of food and other items. Please join us for good food, good company and an opportunity to help our local soldiers.
San Luis Obispo
Brown for governor
Every time I see a political ad touting falsehoods about Jerry Brown, I vow again not to vote for Meg Whitman. Her estimated $90-plus million spent on self promotion would have been better spent helping people in need who will be the losers if she is elected.
I remember when Brown was governor. It was an exciting, innovative time. He created nearly two million jobs while providing millions of dollars in tax relief. It was when Ronald Reagan was governor that the state started going into debt.
Brown knows the territory. He has been a fine attorney general, and I’m sure he will draw upon his many years of experience when he’s governor again.
San Luis Obispo
Thanks car club
I would like to say a huge thank you to the Golden State Classics Car Club, and especially chairman Arthur Anderton, for organizing the very classy Paso Robles Classic Car Weekend this past Labor Day weekend.
Gary and I were lucky enough to ride in Anderton’s immaculate, black 1965 Mustang convertible. It was such a pleasure to see the community come out and have some good old family fun! It is especially terrific that the Golden State Classics Car Club is a local club. Kudos to them!
Also, I would like to mention that our local police were a good presence, making this a very safe environment. It can only get better next year!
Seeing the trick
According to the news, politicians in Washington, D.C., are about to pull a fully expected, shenanigan-of-the-eleventh-hour tax break (“Obama’s tax plan gets cool reception,” Sept. 9). This is supposed to sway the voter into thinking, “Gee, what a kind gesture. We must keep them in office as they have seen the errors of their work during the first three-quarters of their term.”
Please take this for what it is: a cheap political trick, thinking we voters are dumb enough to fall for it. Hopefully, we have learned from a near fatal error to our democracy in the last election.
In the words of Lee Greenwood, “God Bless the USA.”
Do the math
This letter is in response to Joan Kennedy’s Viewpoint titled, “The face of a state employee” (Aug. 28). In her column, Kennedy stated the following: “Due to furloughs, most of us gave 10 percent to 15 percent of our monthly salaries to help manage the financial troubles of this great state. Some families gave up to 30 percent of their combined monthly salaries, for they had two wage earners working for the state.”
I’m not sure where Kennedy learned her math, but just because two wage earners living in the same household gave up a percentage of their salary does not increase the percent of combined income lost to furloughs.
Each employee contributes “x” amount to the household. Three days of furloughs will reduce each earners income approximately 15 percent. One must add each contribution, then subtract each person’s lost wages from furloughs. This is still going to equal approximately 15 percent total lost household income.
Kennedy didn’t have me very convinced that she deserves all that much sympathy. If her math is representative of her work, she deserves none.
Abolish death penalty
This letter to the editor concerns Troy Davis, who is on death row in Georgia. On Aug. 19, 1989, off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail was murdered in Savannah, Ga. The initial suspect in the crime implicated Davis, who was arrested and tried. A witness at the trial identified Davis as the murderer, and seven other witnesses testified against him. Davis was convicted and has spent the last 19 years on death row.
From the time of his arrest, Davis has steadfastly maintained his innocence. Eyewitness identifications are notoriously unreliable, and seven of the nine prosecution witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony.
Enough doubt exists of Davis’ guilt that prominent politicians and leaders, including former President Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI, Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former FBI director and judge William S. Sessions have called for clemency.
Nevertheless, Georgia plans to execute Davis. There is a high risk that if Georgia executes Davis, it will execute an innocent man. This case presents a clear reason for abolishing the death penalty in the United States.