No more favors
The first sentence in a recent article in The Tribune about passing the budget shows exactly why we must remove most of the present lawmakers from their jobs (“New budget is filled with provisions,” Oct. 9).
The sentence is: “Shortly after sunrise Friday, California law-makers brought the state’s longest-ever budget impasse to a close — but not before stuffing their spending plan with last-minute favors for special interests.”
The special favors for friends must go. A good start could occur on Nov. 2.
Robert T. Maytum
“Collateral damage” is a euphemism for destroying the innocent and their homes, communities and livelihoods. Borne out by distant people who don’t talk or dress as we, or don’t believe that Jesus and God are one, makes murder benign until it comes home.
We became “collateral damage” with 9/11: 3,000 innocent Americans killed in the Twin Towers and more still dying in the aftermath. A radical faction, not a state, government or people, went to war with our government, a faction united only by their common hate from experiences with America: our support of Israel’s misdeeds and our seeking control of their resources and home institutions. They have a gripe with our institutions,but innocent Americans died.
Every serviceperson is further collateral damage as each death, injury, suicide, broken home and failure through the Veterans Administration is spawned by a war based on acknowledged lies and manipulation, some probably deeper and darker than we will ever know.
Finally comes total collateral damage. When nearly half of our taxes are robbed from health, education, housing, employment, energy and environment to pay for a military economy, we are not preparing for life. Sadly, nor are we achieving security. We promise only insecurity by guaranteeing a proclivity to war.
In March 2010, we were granted the opportunity to move the Stilwell home from its address on Myrtle Street to our lot in the Village of Arroyo Grande.
This was approximately one week prior to its scheduled demolition. We enjoyed working closely with city staff in all phases of this project. Once we obtained our permits, we were ready to embrace the excitement of repairing and remodeling this great home.
However, after four days into the framing process, our unique opportunity came to a sudden halt. As a result of unfortunate circumstances, too much of this great home was removed.
We are very saddened for the loss this has caused us as well as the Arroyo Grande community. However, with the city’s help, we want the public to know that it is still our desire to make this home a beautiful and significant contributing residence for those who live in our small community.
Thank you to all who have supported us in this unfortunate situation.
Duke and Lori Sterling