This Republican, for the first time, fully agrees with Paul Krugman’s commentary (“China has currency problem,” Sept. 14).
The incompetence and intimidation of our government/business leaders for not acting in a timely manner with the China currency fraud is a national disaster.
We are dealing here with a determined nation that would swallow us and spit us out. By acceptance of their unfair trade practices, without any protest, we are blundering into the demise of our nation.
In times when our leaders had more ingrained national pride, we heard: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” There is only one way to deal with this situation. Let them call our bonds and stop trading with them.
The American people would stand behind such much-needed action. Our trade deficit already is a full-blown disaster. And if you think this situation does not contribute to the current, miserable unemployment figures, think again. When our leaders cannot protect a secure and improved living wage for our children and grandchildren, then we should get rid of them.
Walmart makes jobs
In her letter to the editor on Sept. 14 (“Walmart’s price”), Rosalie Valvo seems to think that there is something wrong with people saving money by buying at Walmart because Walmart’s goods are made by workers in Third World countries who earn low wages and live in poor conditions.
But Walmart’s low-wage jobs don’t injure workers, they benefit them. That is why those workers accept those jobs, they are the best jobs that they can get.
If better jobs were available to them, they would take those jobs instead.
By creating jobs, even low-wage jobs, Walmart gives people an opportunity to take home higher wages than if they didn’t work for Walmart. If Walmart went away, so would those people’s opportunities.
High wages do not, of themselves, make people better off. Economic progress works the other way around: economic productivity creates the wealth that makes people better off. China and South Korea are good examples. And a free-market global economy is the best way we know of to create wealth.
Imagine San Luis Obispo County: strawberries, Asian veggies, beef, beach, fish, wine and a few verdant hemp farms with their own artistic labels.
The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors’ fearful, knee-jerk rejection of Proposition 19 guarantees more of the same out-of-control untaxed pot sales, out-of-control expensive incarcerations of small-time pot people, out-of-control dangerous pot cultivation by Mexican cartels and out-of-control unregulated access to pot by minors.
Pot prohibition has failed. Legalizing weed will not increase usage. Legalization is less of a health risk than the legalization of alcohol.
Legalization will not increase crime.
Vote “yes” on Proposition 19. For more information on the failure of prohibition, please visit the website of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition at www.leap.cc.
Illegal pot is a gateway to guns. Legal pot is a gateway to a safer California.
In both a recent editorial (Sept. 3) and a recent news article (Sept. 12), The Tribune has referred to the endangered giant kangaroo rat as a “rat” standing in the way of SunPower’s California Valley solar project.
As we have seen throughout time, the first step in destroying a people, place or thing is to always use a pejorative to refer to same. The giant kangaroo rat is not a “rat” per se, but is actually more closely related to pocket mice than it is to the scaly-tailed Norway rat that most people visualize when they hear the word “rat.”
We have already driven one species of kangaroo rat into extinction in this county (the Morro Bay kangaroo rat) and now we are bent on destroying another so we can increase energy production (and consumption) in California and make big profits for SunPower and Pacific Gas and Electric.
How many species can we drive to extinction and still say, with a straight face, that we care about endangered species?
E-Fuel and Cal Poly
I grieved when I read about Cal Poly’s Community Supported Agriculture program being axed, but applauded when the newspaper recently featured two strong guest Viewpoints in support of it (Aug. 29). Right on!
I wouldn’t bother commenting except that I hope some people make the connection provided by another story in the newspaper about Floyd Butterfield’s MicroFueler product (“Paso’s E-Fuel isn’t exactly idling ...”).
Butterfield says the device he is selling that converts sugar into ethanol fuel may have the greatest market via university students and administrators who want to convert food waste into fuel.
So why not start with Cal Poly and involve the Community Supported Agriculture program that has, no doubt, food waste ready to be converted?
Seems like a slam dunk to me, and another source of revenue for the program and E-Fuel Corp.
William L. Seavey
Tune it out
The political cartoon on Sept. 12 that said, “If Terry Jones burned a Quran and no one covered it, would he have made a sound?,” hit the mark.
Of course not!
He could spout his racist, hateful, anti-Muslim trash until the cows came home and no one but himself would hear about it.
But no. The bottom-feeding media, in its constant effort to titillate readers and viewers with this “news” and plump up their bottom line, gave this basket case the power to spread his face, words and lunacy all over the world. Power he would never have had if no one covered him.
But that’s freedom of speech and freedom of the press. So all we can do is tune it out. Another dingbat will surface and we’ll be deluged ad nauseum once again. Remember all the fuss over Lindsay Lohan? Who’s next?