A vote for Tarica
Joe Tarica, I agree with your 10-point platform and will write in your name for governor (“Vote for Joetopia to lead California,” Sept. 26). You make more sense than the front-runner candidates who don’t seem to have a plan at all.
Seriously, take your tongue out of your cheek and go for it! This is the year for unknowns to get elected, so why not you? You certainly couldn’t do any worse than our present “Gubernator” who should have stayed in Hollywood making action hero movies.
National health care now
The ad placed by the Coastal Communities Physician Network in The Tribune on Sept. 12 is a joke. The Coastal Communities Physician Network exhorts SLO Select IPA to contract with more health care providers so San Luis Obispo residents have greater choice among providers.
Yet true choice would be being able to choose any physician, lab, imaging center, hospital, etc. (and being able to stay with them) without interference by these networks. They simply add another layer of unnecessary bureaucracy between patient and doctor, between the doctor’s choice of treatment and the treatment these networks approve.
Who pays for their services, salaries, office space, compensation for the doctors who sit on their decision boards, advertising, etc.? How much are these costs raising our health insurance premiums? How much are they raising health care costs?
How much longer are we going to put up with health insurance companies whose main goal is not to pay claims? We need a national health plan now!
Our response defines us
Aside from personal grief and valid sadness, we as a nation need to be careful that we are not involved in a campaign to “keep hate alive,” fueling it with references to 9/11.
The Maryland School of Law, with alumnus filmmaker Sig Libowitz, has put out a 30-minute film called, “The Response,” that Americans should watch, though I am not sure many have the background knowledge to appreciate it.
The film is first a re-enactment of exact transcripts of a military tribunal in Guantanamo, followed by a conversation of three military members deciding the fate of a suspected enemy combatant.
There is a line in “The Response” that says, “Our response defines us.” Look at what our nation has done since 9/11: killed hundreds of thousands of innocents in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, wasted trillions of dollars, lined the pockets of the weapons makers, contracted killers and corrupt corporations, devastated our Bill of Rights and mainstreamed racial/ethnic/homophobic/religious profiling.
Electric light beams and reflection pools may be installed, but we need the light of knowledge, truth and understanding and the reflection of thought, wisdom and self-awareness to look at ourselves and see what we as a nation have become.
San Luis Obispo
No smoking, no drinking
I loved Lon Allan’s recent column (“Curb teen smoking by fining businesses,” Sept. 21).
Allan hits the nail squarely on the head regarding placing a fine on the owner of any business that sells alcohol or tobacco products to minors.
I don’t buy the argument that during these hard economic times, it’s a bad idea for business. It’s a bad idea for our youth not to impose such a fine.
Allan is correct in stating that if there is a fine for selling alcohol or tobacco to minors, then store owners will put the “fear of God” into their employees to prevent them from doing so. If you don’t sell to minors, you won’t incur a fine.
Another pet peeve of mine is the selling of alcohol or tobacco at any family-type activity such as the free summer movies in the Sunken Gardens or at the new theater that will be opening soon in Atascadero.
If the new theater sells alcohol, as has been discussed, we won’t patronize their business. I won’t patronize wine festivals either it’s still alcohol. Where do you think the term “wino” comes from? It’s been with us for generations and it’s still causing the same problems it always has.
Bush did it
President George Bush and the government killed more than 3,000 Americans in New York. That’s the truth about 9/11.