What’s best for us
As a public safety employee for the city of Santa Maria and a taxpaying resident of the city of San Luis Obispo, I would like to thank Andrew Carter, Kathy Smith, Dan Carpenter and Jan Marx for agreeing to place binding arbitration on the ballot.
I am a union member and someone who believes that we must do what’s best for the majority. Some of us realize that quality employees cannot be bought. I am fortunate enough to have co-workers that realize that we are a team that must do what’s best not only for us, but for the people we so proudly serve.
San Luis Obispo
There is a major misunderstanding concerning the treatment and recovery of people with schizophrenia and so I thought that I would share some of my knowledge and experience with treating this disorder. The misunderstanding concerns whether people with this disorder can be treated, can recover and can re-enter the mainstream of society.
People with this disorder can be treated successfully and can re-enter the mainstream of society if they receive what is called integrated treatment. This treatment includes complete mental and physical examinations, medication, trauma treatment, case management, counseling and educational/vocational rehabilitation.
I directed a program in another state where we worked on site at a university providing education coaching and counseling for people with schizophrenia and other major psychiatric disorders. Many of these people (including people with schizophrenia) graduated from college, found jobs and are now functioning in the mainstream.
If you disagree or would like more information, my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Luis Obispo
In response to Lee Van Leeuwen’s letter titled, “Self-sufficient” (Feb. 18): Fox news actually said the same thing that he said in regards to Social Security being self-sufficient.
The problem, as many of the analysts put, is the fact that the money has been borrowed out of the “lockbox.” Conservative and liberal governments have drained out chunks of the money over time.
Social Security does not help our debt at all. If you raised the retirement ceiling to 75 years of age, so that our tax dollars do not have to repay what has been borrowed, the drop in debt will only be like a droplet in a full bucket of water.
In my opinion, I believe that “we the people” allow our government to run unchecked as it has increased to an unconstitutional size. Our state governments are not much better as many states have run their budgets so over the top that they need the government, which is us and our tax dollars, to bail them out.
We are far too entitled and believe everything should be free or have free access. As you can see, entitlement costs a lot of money.