Rich off Obama
I would like to thank President Obama and all of you who voted for him and still support him. Please don’t stop.
The moment I heard one of his energy advisers say we need to find a way to get gas to $5 a gallon by summer in order to sell our green energy program, I saw green. I bought energy stock right away. They have gone up so much that I am getting out of debt. Good job, Obama.
Next, GE stock. Since his chief adviser, his right-hand man, is the CEO of GE and his company pays no taxes, what a deal. Have you seen how much GE profits went up recently? Good work, Obama.
Please vote Obama in 2012. We need him. Next, I am buying health care stock, because if Obama is re-elected health care costs will skyrocket, like gasoline and health care stock will.
You all just need to know how to understand his great economic policies like I do and we’ll all get rich. Good work, Obama. I love green energy, the energy I get from all the money I can make following your policies.
Spiral of violence
Jesus’ teaching on the futility of retaliatory violence is clear. Clear as well is his covenant of love. Our wars and weapons have not brought peace. The assassination of Osama bin Laden, like the death of Saddam Hussein, will not end terrorism or bring peace.
Jesuit priest John Dear wrote recently: “Bombing and killing of civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan only fuels the spiral of violence and inspires a new generation to retaliate against us. Al Qaeda and the Pentagon are two sides of the same coin. Both spend their resources making war and killing innocent civilians.
“Jesus was right. Stop killing people. Treat people non-violently, and you will have a better chance of being treated non-violently too.”
Are any Christians following Jesus’ teachings? Few. Today, America blesses war in his name. If Osama bin Laden did not represent true Islam, neither do George W. Bush nor Barack Obama represent the nonviolent words of Jesus.
The most benefit
There were two killings. President Barack Obama killed Osama bin Laden. President George W. Bush killed the U.S. economy.
History will judge which killing most benefited America.
D. Duane Wall II
Hitler not elected
Tom Ogren’s letter on May 5 contained an important historical error. For the record, Adolf Hitler was not elected by a majority of the German people. As leader of a large, vocal and fanatical party, he was appointed as chancellor.
This was his first appeasement. Meant initially to calm internal political strife, it began more than a decade of horrors for Germany and the world. Further appeasements from England and France allowed him to defy the Versailles peace treaty, “annex” Austria and Czechoslovakia and set us on a path to World War II.
This is real history, and its lessons are as applicable today as they were eight decades ago.
Family is teacher
I found out about the Arroyo Grande Community Meeting too late. I am very glad the meeting occurred to bring the community together, but most important is supporting the victims of the cross burning and swastika painting.
I would like to share an incident from 1977. Our daughter went to Lewis Avenue Elementary School in Atascadero.
A little girl she knew told her in a very condescending tone that she looked like mud. Our daughter replied, “Black people are beautiful, white people are beautiful, but you are ugly inside.” The girl was flustered and said her brother was picking on her before going to school. Our daughter replied, “Just because your brother is picking on you, you don’t have to be mean to me.” They got along very well after that.
People feel the need to feel superior when they do not feel good about themselves. It seems especially true of adults in bad economic times.
How do we improve things? The family is the teacher. Schools should also be a place to encourage self esteem and to teach children how to respond to others in pain, a safe zone to tell others about being a victim. Martin and Livia Kellerman
Regarding Jim Carlisle’s May 5 letter: As a Republican, I would like Carlisle to provide the poll that showed that two-thirds of Republicans agree with “birthers.”
When you make such a statement, you should be able to support it. I can only guess where his information came from.
Joe Tarica’s column featuring the critical situation facing public schools today certainly brings the dire conditions into focus.
We need to step up to the plate and address the financing needed to support our teachers and related staff to care for our children from preschool through college. The statistics relative to test scores and achievement as compared to our foreign counterparts are a definite indicator that we are not caring properly for our young people.
Extending the existing tax structure on the June ballot will be the first positive move to avoid a continual financial disaster, as this will give the schools an opportunity to partially right the ship and move on in a hopefully more positive direction.
Our national problems are numerous, but to shortchange our educational structure with cut after cut that directly hammers the very future of our nation is inexcusable. We need to recognize the plight we have created and focus on what is most important: our children.
San Luis Obispo
My lacrosse partner, Dave, has a son who’s a senior in high school. I told Dave he should take his son to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco as a graduation present. He said he couldn’t, because his son’s going to Germany.
“Why Germany?” I asked.
He replied, “He’s in the choir, and they’re all going to Germany to sing.”
Then he added, “His picture’s on the cover of the Journal Plus magazine with the choir. He’s in the back row.”
When I got home, I picked up my copy of the magazine, and there he was. Then I began to study the picture.
There were about 30 bright young people and their director looking back at me. I saw the future of America looking back at me. I liked what I saw.
We’re going to be all right.
San Luis Obispo