With all due respect to Mike Morgan’s letter to the editor regarding the checkpoints held over Labor Day weekend (“Checkpoints invasive,” Sept. 13):
Unlike Morgan, I feel much safer going out the door knowing that our law enforcement agencies are out there detecting and removing drivers from behind the steering wheel who are under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.
The thought of an undetected driver taking the lives of some inno-cent family sends shivers down my spine, so I will gladly accept any “inconvenience” that the road blocks may cause me.
I, for one, appreciate the efforts of our dedicated law enforcement agencies in trying to prevent the loss of life caused by drivers that should not be on the road.
I feel certain that there are many others that share my opinion and support the efforts being taken to save lives — perhaps the life of Morgan or one of his family members.
Karl C. Appel
Leash those dogs
Recently, in our residential neighborhood, an elderly cat, basking peacefully in the sunlight in her own front yard, was attacked and fatally injured by two unleashed dogs out with their owner.
A neighbor attempting to separate the animals was also injured. The cat’s horrible death, her owner’s grief, the intervening neighbor’s pain and the distress of the dogs’ owner all could have been avoided if these dogs had been on leash.
Our leash law is there for good reason. Even a normally gentle and obedient pet can become distracted or excited at a moment’s notice, sometimes with no apparent cause, inflicting injury or death on someone else’s child or pet or on itself if it runs suddenly into the street.
Please, dog owners, don’t think that this could never happen to you. Any unleashed dog is an accident waiting to happen.
San Luis Obispo
Joe Tarica, you should be ashamed of yourself (“Common sense is suspended in laser flap,” Sept. 18)! I see you must be one of today’s liberal parents who defends your child’s right to be wrong.
If a child finds something that is not theirs, they should know to turn it in to the proper authorities. If in a reasonable amount of time the owner of the item is not located, then that child can claim it.
We also know that you do not disrupt the class by shinning lights on the blackboard, throwing paper airplanes or anything else out of line. This child made two mistakes: not turning the laser into the office and then using it to disrupt the class.
It is people like you, who criticize people like Ron Walton for doing his job and then defend a child’s right to be wrong, that have this country so screwed up.
It is sad to see how many children have no respect for anything or anybody anymore, including their parents or any other adults. Then, when they violate the rules, you extreme liberals rush to their aid to criticize the rules that are put in place for a very good reason.
Glancing over my husband’s shoulder at the front page of The Tribune on Sept. 17, tears would have come to my eyes, if I still had any. Instead, I said thanks to God that the true story of this economy was being told with such grace and understanding.
The last few weeks, I have been increasingly concerned about the rhetoric being spewed by the tea party and its supporters. It is a sad thing to hear people talk so easily of getting rid of the Obama health care plan, Social Security ... you know the drill.
It is reassuring to see our news people stepping up to the plate and giving a view of how the people of our county are suffering.
Every Monday morning, when the thin Tribune greets me, I smile and thank you silently for your courage in persevering and doing the very best that you can do to keep us aware of the valuable news that is happening on our door step and around the world.
Is it possible or plausible for you to send the story to CNN, NBC, ABC or CBS? It is the real deal, introduced by a picture that shows the entire family working together, just like millions of others are doing.