A reasonable way
Reading about the “flash crash” (“May flash crash blamed on one trader,” Oct. 2) made me think of the absurdity of the way we, meaning the whole world, attempt to fiddle the stock market, buying and selling in the space of seconds in an effort to garner a profit, having absolutely nothing to do with the real value of the company whose stocks are in motion.
A simple solution to this potential electronic nightmare would be to require all stock purchases to be held for 24 hours before being resold. I’m sure stockbrokers will object, but it does appear to be a reasonable way to conduct the business of business.
Deborah Tobola’s play, “Off the Hook,” portrays prison life authentically, powerfully and insightfully. All the major themes of prison life are touched — alienation, hopelessness, confusion, betrayal, racism, addiction, remorse and redemption.
The realistic characters carry the audience behind the prison walls. Having worked at the California Men’s Colony, I recognized the pressures and the fears that inmates live with daily.
In the conflicted prison environment, how can inmates heal, learn and grow to be well-adjusted adults who stay out?
Tobola confronts these questions starkly and compassionately in the situations and relationships presented in the play.
Seeing this fine production is essential for all concerned citizens as we struggle with the role of prisons in our society. We have the highest incarceration rate in the world. What are we doing? “Off the Hook” makes us look at these questions. Hopefully, our questions will lead us to find better answers.
“Off the Hook” is playing at Unity, 1490 Southwood Drive, through Sunday.
San Luis Obispo
Our best choice
As my retirement date approaches, I am increasingly concerned regarding the direction the city of San Luis Obispo will take under the leadership of a new mayor. Traits we should look for in our new mayor include:
The ability to guide the City Council to act as a collegial unit and function as an efficient organization with the common goal of improving San Luis Obispo and the ability to treat the public with respect and courtesy at all times. Our next mayor should be honest and trustworthy in all dealings and being able to work efficiently toward reasonable and responsible solutions to the complex problems of the city.
I have worked closely for a number of years with two of the candidates for mayor and it is my considered opinion that Paul Brown represents our best choice. Therefore, I am pleased to endorse Brown to be our next mayor.
San Luis Obispo
Fifteen years ago, the city of Atascadero was in a financial crisis without financial reserves. Auditors warned that the city was in danger of going under. The city had to lay off some employees, the management staff didn’t work as a team and employee morale was poor.
Today, due to strong and careful financial management, the city has weathered the economic downturn that has plagued many cities. The management staff is working well together with strong effective leadership from the top. The city is being recognized for progress is several areas and its city manager and other staff are getting state and national recognition.
In this election season, it appears to me that to keep the progress going and to continue to strengthen the city with an effective City Council, Tom O’Malley and Brian Sturtevant are the best choices.
Likewise, to keep a good handle on city finances, Joe Modica is the best choice for city treasurer. I urge you to vote for them this election.
Values and integrity
As a former wife of our current sheriff and an 11-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, I know what it means to have good morals, integrity and high ethical standards in both one’s personal and professional life.
I would expect nothing other than that from any public official, especially the sheriff. For those three reasons alone I personally endorse Joe Cortez for sheriff-coroner.
Cortez has the professional experience, leadership values and the integrity needed to hold the office of sheriff.
Please join me in voting for Joe Cortez for our next San Luis Obispo County sheriff.
Jan Marx is by far the best candidate for mayor of San Luis Obispo. She has shown her dedication to this city for many years and I have total confidence she will always do what’s best for all residents.
I worked with Marx on several projects and she is never afraid to take a stand. For example, she stood by the police and firefighters when other candidates were blaming them for the city’s budget problems.
She has opposed projects that were too big for our city and supported those that fit the city’s needs and general plan. She is uniquely qualified to lead our city with a proven commitment to smart growth.
If you want a mayor who has a long track record of protecting the environmental quality and livability that makes San Luis Obispo the envy of the whole country, there is really only one choice ... Jan Marx.
San Luis Obispo
A key leader
Cayucos Elementary School is a remarkable place where students K-8 get a great education and personal attention.
The school has recently undergone a transformation with new classrooms and a stunning multi-purpose gym, assembly and performing arts building, plus our new public library.
These wonderful new facilities are made possible by Cayucos voters who approved two major bond issues in the last 10 years and by a dedicated school board who has spent those funds wisely and maintained high teaching standards in difficult budget times.
Ron Wilson has been a key school board leader for more than a dozen years. His commitment to Cayucos students reflects the best in public service. My husband, Bruce Gibson, and I are pleased to support the re-election of Wilson to the Cayucos Elementary School District.
It’s been frustrating over the past 30 years to watch a small, rural town full of friendly, contented working people become a run-down, falling-apart-at-the-seams, faux city full of backbiting movement clones.
For the past several elections, Morro Bay has managed to fill City Council seats with idealists and airheads who were incapable of:
1. Recognizing and setting priorities based on what we need, not wish lists to make us just like everybody else.
2. Giving direction to staff and holding them accountable.
3. Setting a budget and staying within that budget.
4. Making a decision, even a simple one.
5. Making a decision and sticking to the decision.
This city, this county and this state have unfortunately become totally dysfunctional. Chaos rules and we’re broke. Wake up.
I’m casting my vote for Bill Yates and George Leage because I know they can make a decision based on priorities rather than wish lists.