I was raised in San Luis Obispo and although my family and I now live in San Antonio, Texas, we still call San Luis Obispo home. I was excited to open the newspaper and find an article in the Parade magazine section touting San Luis Obispo as “Happy Town U.S.A.” (“You’ll wish you were here,” Oct. 3).
The Copeland family was an integral part in helping to develop “one of the happiest spots on Earth.” My family and I visit there at least twice a year and stay at a local hotel on Monterey Street. We love that we can walk to town and enjoy the same things we enjoyed years ago.
Part of the charm of the city is that it has kept its integrity and not given in to big-box store enticements. You only have to go 30 miles south to Santa Maria, where I was born, to see the difference.
The Copeland family is responsible for so many of the benefits that the town enjoys. The people of San Luis Obispo should be grateful that the Copelands have such a love for the city when they could have lived and invested anywhere.
San Antonio, Texas
Did I subscribe to the “National Enquirer” without knowing it? The front-page pictures and article about 15-year-old Dystiny Myers are a disgrace (“The two sides of Dystiny,” Oct. 6).
We don’t even know how she was murdered, yet your newspaper has plastered her young life all over the front page, not respecting her privacy, her very young age or her family. The assumptions the article makes about the good girl/the bad girl are invasive and opportunistic.
I still can’t believe your newspaper editor allowed this. So sensationalized, so tabloid, so crass. Your newspaper used her.
Vote for sanity
A plea to my fellow independents! I am a reformed Republican. The Republican Party of my father and the party I supported as a young man is no more. They now stand for the richest 2 percent of our country, big business, no health insurance for 50 million people, protecting Wall Street criminals, protecting BP and big oil and embracing the tea party movement.
They want to rid us of Social Security, Medicare, our president, immigrants and cap and trade.
They want to return to the failed policies of the Bush administration. No new ideas but always willing to do corporate bidding, they say no to reform of any kind: health, Wall Street and climate protection. They helped BP avoid paying for the total damage of their spill and they disregard the needs of the American middle class.
The middle class is diminishing before our eyes and the upper 2 percent keep getting richer. Between 2001 and 2007, 66 percent of national gains in wealth went into the pockets of the top 1 percent. That doesn’t leave much for the rest of us.
So please join me in voting this November for sanity in government. The Republicans are too extreme. Get out and vote and let our sane voices be heard.