A big Scout salute
Once again we would like to give our thanks to Applebee’s restaurant in Paso Robles, particularly to John Krause and Jose Duron, who helped the Templeton Troop 434 Boy Scouts put on a successful benefit pancake breakfast.
Troop 434 was able to raise a substantial contribution that will go toward much-needed equipment and Scout activities.
We would also like to thank the wonderful community in North County who gave by purchasing pancake tickets. Again, it is a true privilege to live in our area, which supports our Scouts.
Civil rights should not apply to uncivilized people.
Criminals become uncivilized people the moment they commit a crime against civilized people.
When they become civilized, after serving their sentence and learning civility, they have earned the right to be with civilized people and all the protection given to civilized people.
Do not let the American Civil Liberties Union destroy America. They have pushed the “civil rights” issue of people who have blatantly committed a crime while they are in court. Knowing their clients to be guilty of the crime, lawyers defend them (lie and manipulate the truth) so their clients can be thought of as innocent. The trend of lawyers saying, “My client’s civil rights” should not be an excuse for uncivilized people. The civil rights application should not be used for their defense.
David T. Manion
The union grip
Politicians want recognition and longevity. Often, union members do not have any choice of a politician or party to where their funds would be directed. Union management holds state, county and city officials hostage by infiltration, demonstrations, endorsements, campaign contributions and the threat of litigation.
An example is that union uncooperation resulted in bankruptcy and layoffs in the city of Vallejo.
No one should be forced to join a union and pay dues. The 22 “right to work” states solved this by allowing hired workers options. Budget-strapped California is not one of these states. Periodic contractual compounding increases can cause a deficit. Raises should be based on individual merit and awards from a “Suggestion Awards Program.”
This is not 1911. The various government levels have regulations which protect the wage earner. Applicants choose to apply for public service despite safety risks for some jobs. Many are available to earn money.
Union/politician arbitration will be gradually corrected or phased out by voting taxpayers.
Picking a food fight
Since questions about the president’s birth and religion have been put on the back burner, conservatives have unleashed their venom on Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity. It’s as though they’re afraid the scones served at their “tea party” will be replaced with platters of raw carrots and broccoli.
Rush Limbaugh has gone as far as making fun of the first lady’s waistline and accusing her of being a hypocrite, which is a lot like the potbelly calling the kettle something it’s not. When the likes of Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman rant against the health-oriented campaign, it’s as if they’re saying every American has the right to a premature heart attack. They do, but perhaps they could use some guidance while they are still young enough to benefit from it.
Conservative blogger Jenny Erickson claimed the campaign is an insult to parents. Actually, permitting undisciplined eating and then parading a fat child about is an insult to parents. It proves they don’t care.
Critics seem frightened that the government is planning to take over their dinner plates. With America’s obsession with food, fat chance.
A liberal wish come true?
Republicans attempting to cut government funding from NPR may unwittingly unleash their worst nightmare: a national radio network of liberal universities and colleges unfettered by government oversight.
During the Vietnam War, the Feds sought to co-opt this loose network of highly critical, bright and influential radio broadcasters by providing them a financial leash and muzzle. In his now infamous comments, Ron Schiller (then senior vice president of development at NPR) said that NPR would be better without federal money, to avoid political meddling.
Conservatives should be careful what they wish for.
San Luis Obispo
A winning flavor
In regards to The Tribune’s Espresso section article “Ice cream named after Jimmy Fallon,” (March 3) — to my mind the greatest guy that Ben and Jerry have paid tribute to in flavor is Camp Winnarainbow’s Wavy Gravy (Hugh Romney).
In addition to his work with kids with cancer, his camp for the performing arts invites underprivileged children to participate along with the other guests, and I have heard that a portion of the profits from Wavy Gravy ice cream goes to the kids, too.
Wavy may not be as public a star as the others, but surely he shines brighter.