Banks in the clear
Recently, I became aware of an unfortunate problem for a friend. He owns a small, local business and discovered that his secretary had been embezzling funds over a period of several months.
After the shock, there came confrontations, sheriff reports, the upset of business due to unpaid bills, neglected vehicle registrations and theft of the business computer. It was all overwhelming.
Finally, the bank was involved, and the most shocking news was that the banks are not held responsible. A federal bill passed a few years ago, and mainly unknown to the public, allows banks to take a “no fault” attitude, legally. The checks that were forged by this person passed through the bank unobserved. If anyone forges your signature, no one at your bank will be looking.
The bank involved here is a large national company; they accept no responsibility.
A provision in the new 9/11 health bill recently passed by Congress hits the thousands of first responders who were hailed as heroes a decade ago after the World Trade Center attack, and who later became sick as a result. They will soon be informed that their names must be run through the FBI’s terrorism watch list. If any of the responders do not comply, they will be barred from getting treatment for the numerous ailments they are experiencing. This from our “compassionate” government! And the media has paid scant notice of this absurdity.
These are shades of the days of Joe McCarthy and his quest to rid America of communists by searching under every mattress, behind every tree and perhaps even in the closet where J. Edgar Hoover may have kept his evening dresses.
One can only wonder if this silly, stupid, asinine provision might eventually be extended to our military men and women who have suffered grievous damage to their bodies. Can’t you just imagine a soldier being told that if they wanted a new leg or arm, or treatment for brain damage, they’d better comply or forget it?
What fools these mortals be!
Reason for resignation
Several residents have asked why I left the Oceano Community Services District board after serving six years. Details are in my resignation letter, available from the CSD as a public record.
The most important reason is that, despite a unanimous vote to have staff turn the 2008-2009 financial records over to the certified public accountant for audit by March 11, that was not done.
If staff won’t cooperate with unanimous board direction on this critical issue and the board majority finds that acceptable, there is really no point in having a board.
The current manager took issue with the chronic failure of previous staff to finish audits cleanly and timely and provided continuous assurances they would be completed immediately, even promising Feb. 9 that a draft audit would be provided by March 23.
I thank all Oceano residents for the privilege of serving.
During my tenure, we eliminated health insurance benefits and cellphones for directors paid by ratepayers, eliminated director stipends for committee meetings, got the board meetings televised so residents could follow issues, brought the fire service to first class, professional status with the Five Cities Fire Authority and raised rates sufficiently so that the district will, if properly managed, be able to carry on and build modest reserves.
Residents should continue to develop their visions for the future and encourage dialogue to bring out these ideas.
Thanks for helping
The North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center would like to thank everyone who joined us for our gala event “Black Tie to Jeans Goes Mardi Gras” at the Taft Barn in Atascadero on April 9.
The evening would not have been possible without the support of community members who donated their time and/or goods and services.
Thank you for making this event so special and successful. A special thank you to Pier 46, Kohl’s, Idlers, All-in-Fun Casino, Twin Cities Hospital, the Knights of Columbus, the Paso Robles Optimist Club and Jerry Taft.
We would also like to extend our great appreciation to the Friends of the North County Women’s Shelter, who is responsible for organizing this extremely successful fundraiser that benefits North County families who are victims of domestic violence.
Nearly one in four women reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life.
Last year, the North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center provided services to more than 2,000 women, men and children who were affected by intimate partner violence. We thank you for your ongoing support as we work to eradicate domestic violence in our community.
executive director, North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center
Violence and more violence
Although I’m relieved he’s gone, I lack the moral certainty to celebrate the killing of Osama bin Laden, especially because there is evidence he was unarmed and could have been taken alive to face extensive interrogation and the justice of a trial.
Relatives of his victims and their countrymen may have found some closure and satisfaction, but we can be certain that there will be a bloody aftermath. Without question, bin Laden’s followers will seek to avenge their martyred leader and there will be our retaliation for whatever acts of terrorism lie ahead. One reprisal will follow another. The circle of vengeance is never ending.
In a world where violence breeds violence, we are assured of a future where religious zealots will continue to murder those they consider infidels, innocent lives will still be lost at the hands of suicide bombers or from the errant bullets of gang warfare, racial or religious or tribal conflicts will lead to genocide and leaders will continue to find war an expedient political solution.
Meanwhile, the inhabitants of this planet will fail to achieve their potential as human beings.
Don’t credit Obama
Neither the Democratic nor the Republican administrations are responsible for Osama bin Laden’s death.
It was the intelligence of the CIA and the courage of the Navy Seals that killed Osama. Do not give credit to Obama and the politicians. They don’t deserve it. That’s like believing Obama is helping us out of the recession by giving away our money to billionaires by the billions.
David T. Manion
It is no joke that after the bin Laden news was announced that NBC’s “Today” show had a segment “How to Talk to your Children About the Death of Osama Bin Laden.” And a Washington official was reportedly outraged about the use of the term “Geronimo” because it degrades (in her opinion) American Indians.
Where do these people come from?