The Roberts family of 10 from San Luis Obispo and Shell Beach would like to especially thank the unidentified guest at the Ventana Grill who paid for our entire meal, including gratuity. We have been trying to think of a way to express our gratitude and hope this will be the way of doing so.
We were celebrating our senior Roberts’ 79th birthday and it was really quite special to have such a pay-it-forward experience.
Thank you again for your generosity and thoughtfulness. It is especially nice to know that there are wonderful people like you who help to make up our world.
Truman wanted votes
In his letter to the editor, Ken Rice surmised that in 1948, President Harry Truman, “facing serious postwar problems, wavered and then, perhaps thinking of biblical Israel, announced our recognition” (“A changed world,” Sept. 22).
Make no mistake about it, Truman didn’t give a rat’s behind about biblical Israel. Like all politicians, Truman cared about votes.
1948 was an election year and there were a lot more voting Jews than voting Arabs in the United States. Though there were certainly some geo-political implications behind recognizing Israel’s statehood, Truman wanted the Jewish vote.
It worked: Truman and the Democrats received 75 percent of the Jewish vote, Thomas Dewey 10 percent and Henry Wallace 15 percent. The rest, as they say, is history.
The electorate of this country must decide, once and for all, if it wants to be governed by the power of the vote or the power of money.
If it wants to be governed by the power of money, it is absurd to call the country’s electoral process a representative democracy.
Let us admit to ourselves that we are an oligarchy and live with the consequences of that reality.
Fiorina no servant
Why does anyone think Carly Fiorina could do a good job as a senator?
As far as I can tell, she took what was a great company with progressive ideas, Hewlett-Packard, and turned it into a sweatshop.
I have purchased equipment from Hewlett-Packard for more than 20 years. Their quality and service have steadily deteriorated since Fiorina was in charge. Possibly their “bottom line” has improved, but it is not any place I’d want to work or do business with now.
Senators are servants of the people. Fiorina is a businessperson, first and foremost. She does not understand service or the reason government exists. Running government as a business is a bad trend. Government is not meant to turn a profit for its shareholders.
As a woman, I am disappointed by the women being put for-ward for public office.
As much as I’d like to see more women in office, Fiorina, Meg Whitman and the evangelist Sarah Palin are poison during these critical times. They are handpicked by the “old guard.”
Here’s a clue for the “old guard”: No matter party affiliation, women do not vote their gender if they do not represent us.
Earn my vote
You want my vote?
I am disgusted with the rampant ads on TV and other media from candidates for office at all levels that only denigrate their opponents.
If a candidate wants my vote, I want to know their positions on major issues, what they are going to do to make change in those issues and why I should vote for them — not why I should vote against their opponents.
Negative campaigning does not influence my vote. Spending money does not influence my vote. If anything, these stimulate my interest in the opposing candidates to see what they offer in contrast.
I don’t care what party candidates belong to. If candidates convince me they can achieve something positive to resolve the issues that effect all of us, it will influence my vote.
This is what I want candidates to do if elected: Do not expend more than you can generate in income (including bond issues). Reduce our deficits. Learn to live within your (our) means. Do not leave the hard questions to referenda by the voters. Do the job we elected you to do.
My vote is precious. I spend it wisely. If you want it, earn it.
Thanks for support
I am writing to thank all who supported my recent campaign for the state Senate. I very much enjoyed getting to know hundreds of new people in San Luis Obispo County and was pleased to gain new understanding of the area and its issues. I am also grateful to The Tribune for publishing issue-based opinion pieces during the campaign.
In a period where there is great disenchantment with the political process, it was heartening that more than a thousand people volunteered on my campaign and more than two thousand made a financial contribution. But a mid-summer special election in a gerrymandered district was just too high a hurdle to overcome.
The issues that motivated support for my candidacy — support for public education and environmental protection, ending the budget gridlock and bringing back jobs to the Central Coast — are issues still at play in the November election.
I urge voters to support Proposition 21 to save our state parks, oppose Proposition 23 to save California’s landmark greenhouse gases law and support Proposition 25 to lessen budget gridlock.
I look forward to continuing to work together on issues that benefit San Luis Obispo County and the Central Coast.
It will soon be time to vote for one of the candidates for sheriff.
Joe Cortez stands out as the candidate with real experience and proven accountability. Cortez came up through the ranks to the top of his profession as police chief. He brought the Pismo Beach Police Department to the highest accreditation. He is aggressive and works well with personnel as well as the public to get things accomplished.
Cortez will restore public trust with his leadership and with his regard for personal accountability and public safety.
Regarding Michael Truxaw’s letter to the editor titled, “Not inspired” (Sept. 14):
Years ago, I found myself having the exact same feelings toward our political system that Truxaw is having. As a lifelong Democrat, I was conflicted over my philosophies and the choices of the two-party system. The closer I looked, the worse things appeared.
But this scrutiny also led me to the Green Party. When comparing party platforms, I found myself much more closely aligned with the values of the Greens than either of the other two parties. While it’s true that I’ll probably never live to see the day when a member of the Green Party holds a high-level office, in the meantime I can vote my conscience knowing that I’m trying to effect some real “changes.”
I’m well aware of the “spoiler” effect a third party can have on closely contested elections (George Bush versus Al Gore, etc.), but at those times, it’s easy to sacrifice ideals for more pragmatic choices.
I urge you to take a look at the Green Party platform and consider what they represent.
San Luis Obispo
Get out and vote
Regarding Bob Brig-ham’s letter to the editor (“A tidy solution,” Sept. 30): It’s a noble idea. The only problem is that we have a state and local government body that doesn’t work. In other words, they don’t do the work they are getting paid to do.
I, for one, like to see a state budget before elections, but that isn’t going to happen. I agree with one thing Meg Whitman said: don’t pay the legislators until they pass the budget.
As for our Paso Robles City Council hiring the law firm that represented the city of Bell, what where they thinking? If they don’t fix the problems now, they will linger for a long, long time to come.
I met Mayor Duane Picanco last week while he was out going door to door and we talked for a good half hour about how money could be made for Paso Robles. I expressed some ideas, and he agreed some were good ones. He seems competent enough, but as any politician, he’ll say anything to get elected.
Wishful thinking won’t fix any of this state’s woes, but getting out and voting will help a lot.
Raymond C. Porter