The way it works
Propaganda by the national labor unions has tried to elevate the “collective bargaining” of public employees right up there with apple pie and motherhood — enshrined as one of America’s sacred values. Nothing could be further from the truth.
This is what I understand of collective bargaining: A team of highly paid union negotiators is sent into a small city like San Luis Obispo and sits down with the city manager, the administrative services officer, plus one other person. The union reps make their demands and from that point on it’s strictly “take it or leave it.” The city caves in and begs the unions to please leave them enough money to stay solvent. The unions shrug and tell the city to raise taxes if they want to stay in business.
That’s the way it works, all over the state. Total employee costs should never be allowed to exceed 60 percent of the general fund budget in order for a city to meet its obligations to the taxpayers. San Luis Obispo’s cost is 80-plus percent.
I heard that the Arroyo Grande Police employed a juvenile to attempt to buy tobacco products at a couple dozen retail establishments. They cited two businesses for selling to minors. Now I can finally get some sleep!
Great DMV service
I usually am the first to complain about bad service, so I must commend the management and staff at the Paso Robles Department of Motor Vehicles office.
The three agents who assisted me could not have been more courteous, patient, efficient and speedy. I would like to thank the agents at windows No. 1, No. 6 and No. 7 who worked from approximately 11:15 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8.
Church of greed
I plead with Sen. Blakeslee and Assemblyman Achadjian to allow a vote by the people of California to possibly raise taxes to keep the state running. The good wealthy people in this state would not mind paying a little more for what California has given them.
And the greedy wealthy who think they don’t need to give back are sadistic people and lack anything resembling a soul. Is the Republican leadership’s fascination to enjoy watching the dwindling middle-class, elderly and the poor people suffer and die before their time, and deny students a good education?
Think about it, gentlemen. Are you compassionate, or do you worship at the altar of Mammon and the church of greed doing the bidding of the oil companies and war industry?
The Republicans’ desire for endless war and class warfare is sickening. These elected officials are doing everything they can to hurt our country for political gain. They pose as representatives of the people, but they are just a recording of the Republican talking points.
If they continue this, I pray an ice age comes soon to allow nature to destroy humanity before the state and national Republican leadership does.
Represent your constituents instead of your corporate Johns!
San Luis Obispo
Tax and spend
After reading Lee Perkins’ letter to the editor (“Budget Proposal,” March 9), we can clearly see why the state of California is in such debt. As president of the Atascadero Democratic Club, Mr. Perkins offers a solution to our budget deficit, which is to “raise taxes.”
Like the typical tax-and- spend liberals who have controlled California’s Legislature for decades, the answer to everything is raise taxes, don’t cut anywhere, but continue to spend. Regardless of the consequences, liberals need to continue the handouts in order to win re-election.
California is already one of the highest-taxed states in the country, and yet it still has nearly a $30 billion budget shortfall. This does not include the unfunded pension liabilities that can never be paid. Yet the Democrats don’t want to face reality — but continue to tax and spend.
A budget for a business or household means you make your expenses fall within the income level available. Governments don’t budget — they add up wish lists of expenditures and then try to steal more from the taxpayers to fulfill those wishes. Like the people paying their salaries, it is time we make government officials really budget, spending only what income allows.
Let’s work together
The tragedy in Japan and Haiti and China’s earthquakes are unfortunately a natural part of living on this planet. I feel for all those who have lost loved ones in these disasters. When you feel the need to quibble over your petty problems, just remember we are all involved in the same problems and no one is alone.
Some turn to religion, others something else, but all in all we are here together in the same little world and we need to pull together before it’s too late. We all have a short time here, so make it real. Stop the pettiness and work together for humanity’s sake.
Raymond C. Porter
Let the people vote
Julian Crocker’s March 21 viewpoint put it eloquently and bluntly: “It is not the right thing to use our children’s education as leverage to obtain political concessions that have little or nothing to do with children.”
I hope that Sam Blakeslee has heard this. Our state senator has shown wisdom and tenacity on issues affecting our safety. In the quest to find solutions to the budget mess in Sacramento, I am hoping Sen. Blakeslee will lead the way. Negotiations for pie-in-the-sky concessions need to be put aside.
The issue of tax extension should be placed on the ballot and it needs to be done soon. Let the people vote.