A question well-put
The question posed by Samuel Petersen’s letter of March 21 concerning teacher layoff notices is way more important than Virginia’s famous letter about Santa Claus and urgently calls for thoughtful response.
With his teachers’ jobs in jeopardy Samuel asks: “If the adults today cannot fix the problems, how will I be smart enough to fix the problems when I am older?”
Spot on, Samuel, and well said! There is yet hope for our educational “system” and society when seventh-graders are so well taught.
But, why then is it that nobody else has picked up on this? The Tribune could provide a distinct service by pestering the responsible officials for replies to the question and reporting the results.
Toward this end, I am sending a copy of Samuel’s letter to some of the elected and appointed individuals supposedly attending to such matters, challenging them to answer via the Tribune.
My great fear is: Those now in charge should have posed this question long ago, so they would now be smart enough to fix a stubborn problem. These people may not have messed up California’s education processes, but they are charged with making them right.
David E. Shaw
Regarding the April 12 Opinion of The Tribune, “Morro Council should allow official to keep commitments”: Morro Bay City Councilwoman Carla Borchard should rethink her call to ask that commissioner John Diodati be forced to choose between his position and his commitment to coach his son’s Little League team.
There are many problems in this world, and most of the time we feel there is very little we can do individually to help solve them. One thing we can do is to model values for our children.
Honoring commitments is an important value to instill in youth. John’s talents can be put to good use as Morro Bay wrestles with planning issues.
But if push comes to shove I hope he does what’s most important — show his son how real adults behave, and walk away from a bully city councilwoman.
Regarding the April 12 letter to the editor, “Biking etiquette” submitted by Susan Demsher: I also know all too well exactly what she mentioned in her letter.
I also have experienced the same situation many times with bicyclists approaching me from behind without any warning whatsoever. I, like a lot of people, do not have eyes in the back of my head, so therefore I do not know, nor realize a bicyclist is approaching me from the rear. A little common sense, common courtesy — say “on your left” or “on your right” or “coming up.”
If I see or know there is a bicyclist approaching, I will do my best to stay out of the way until the bicyclist passes. Another point I have often been in wonderment about: Seemingly a certain percentage of bicyclists insist on using the sidewalk when just a few feet away there is a marked, designated bicycle lane for them to use exclusively.
Richard W. Alberts
San Luis Obispo