Outcry needed over pay
I have been reading about the fate of poor Annie the dog. It is an emotionally gripping story that clearly has stirred much public debate.
A more important question is why is there no outcry over the huge salaries of the city managers in this county (“What city managers average: $218,000,” Aug. 29)? In Morro Bay or Atascadero, why does anyone make more than $100,000 annually?
Why does the city manager in San Luis Obispo make more than $300,000?
Is she called on in the middle of the night to answer crises that have global significance? Do potentates from European or Asian nations ply her with requests for aid or succor? Does she go to sleep with launch codes? I think not.
In my opinion, the residents and good citizens of San Luis Obispo County should raise an outcry against exorbitant salaries for city managers and their staff that might be better spent elsewhere. As a concerned citizen, I am offended and disgusted to read about the salaries that these managers make.
The citizens of this community need to band together, get their priorities straight and go after the money that is being wasted on overpaid positions.
How the little people live
After 45 years on this earth, it still amazes me how people with money have no concept of how the lower-end people live. I consider myself part of a lower-end, middle class family. We struggle at times, especially with three teenage boys and sports.
Now let’s take someone such as Tom Comar who hates Walmart and thinks that we should not shop there. Well Comar, I like to save money when I can, so I will shop at Walmart.
Now we have a school superintendent who probably earns $200,000 a year and wants to pass a school bond to build a new junior high school in Atascadero. It’s only $59 per year, he says.
Well Mr. Superintendent, that $59 may not be a lot to you, but to us who don’t earn as much, it is a lot. But like I said earlier, people who earn big money have no concept of how we little people live.
Beware of Republicans
Democrats need to stand against the corporate Republicans in the next elections and remember what and who got the United States into financial ruin.
The Bush administration gave tax breaks to only 3 percent of the rich (that does not include small businesses). They allowed banks to run rampant, charging whatever they wanted, and were not held accountable.
This allowed the banks to repossess homes. I would say ask your neighbors, but they had to move somewhere else because the banks repossessed their homes in 2007.
This was the year the economy fell. Does anyone remember that the Bush administration’s approval rating was the lowest for a president in history, and all we got out of it was a lousy, costly war?
The only thing I see out of the Republican Party is a lot of finger pointing and backdoor racism disguised as economic complaint. The Republican Party can balance their personal checkbooks, but not the country’s checkbook. Beware next election.
A vote for farmworkers
Senator Sam Blakeslee wasted no time showing his hand. He voted “no” on Senate Bill 1474, which would allow collective bargaining for agricultural workers (“Blakeslee already in thick of it,” Sept. 3).
It seems to me it is more than overdue for the people who labor all day in fields in unhealthy conditions, for low wages and, in most cases, for no benefits to have the right to come together and bargain for the safe working conditions, living wage and benefits we all need and want.
Farm workers are among the most underpaid, overworked and least appreciated (but necessary) labor force in this country. The bill was passed by the Legislature and is now on the governor’s desk for his signature.
There is a candidate running for governor who has spent a lifetime fighting for working families. His name is Jerry Brown. He has fought for equal rights, created jobs and written laws protecting the welfare of all workers in California.
Paul Brown for SLO mayor
I am pleased to see that Paul Brown is a candidate for mayor of San Luis Obispo. I know Brown through our membership in the San Luis Obispo American Legion Post 66. Brown is the immediate past commander, and his leadership was evident from the first time he used the gavel.
He was especially good about patiently listening to everyone’s opinions during business meetings. He knows how important it is to build a consensus.
I was also impressed with the way in which he worked to involve younger veterans in the American Legion.
We need to engage our young people in community service, and he made that a priority program.
The American Legion is a better organization because of Brown’s leadership, and I am sure that San Luis Obispo also will be a better place with his leadership.
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