Food and mail
On Saturday, letter carriers across San Luis Obispo County will be collecting food while delivering the mail.
They will be helping us fight hunger by making it easy for you to donate food for those in need.
All you have to do is leave the food where your mailbox is on Saturday.
It’s the 20th anniversary of “Stamp Out Hunger,” sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers. The Food Bank will distribute the food to sites in your community as needed over the next few months.
You can make a difference in the lives of those suffering due to a lack of healthy food — one in seven of us — children, seniors and families.
Let’s all thank our letter carriers for their hard work every day and especially for their extra efforts Saturday. We also thank you for responding to the letter carriers’ invitation to help those in need.
Remember to put a bag of nonperishable, nutritious food by your mailbox — no glass containers, please — and you’ll bring great encouragement and hope to those who need it. Your letter carrier and the Food Bank Coalition will do the rest.
Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County
It’s easy to report the San Luis Obispo Police Officers’ Association’s attempt to block the proposed measure on pension reform and binding arbitration is a legal issue, but it’s a political issue.
The union wants the democratic process to be subject to binding arbitration. In other words, the union doesn’t want to allow the people to vote unless the union or an outside arbitrator says they can. In essence, the union is trying to turn democracy on its head.
The union wants the people and City Council to be subject to the union instead of the union and council being subject to the people. Why is that? It’s because the union is concerned about what the people will decide.
The union attorney makes it clear she assumes the ballot measures will pass, saying the union “will have no independent right to challenge the ballot measure after it passes.” She doesn’t write “if it passes.” She writes “after it passes.”
By proposing a ballot measure, the City Council is letting the people decide. Too bad the police union doesn’t share this sentiment.
San Luis Obispo
Work off debt
Regarding a recent news story about overpayments made by the Internal Revenue Service: The IRS did what?
Fifteen years ago, I put in for an $89 refund after my divorce. Got the envelope, opened it and found a six-figure bill due in 30 days. For three years, they made my life a living hell, and yet today, with the wonderful world of computers, jailbirds make money.
This country is getting fat, deaf and blind due to modern technology. They need to hire some of our huge numbers of unemployed to prevent these mistakes.
Jailbirds should be working off their debt to society on a chain gang. They should work and sweat. Our roads would be better and look nicer, and our national parks wouldn’t have to close. Ask Arizona how they do it. They don’t have many repeat offenders.
Two Sunday articles
Again, on Sunday, May 8, this newspaper puts on the front page two articles of political opinion not supported by the truth or the facts.
First, the question to the Michelle Magees of the world is: Why not have the thoughts expressed in the article and the actions prior to creating family?
Her thoughts and desires are laudable, but the opinions expressed in the article are misleading and are why society is tired of supporting those who choose not to be responsible. Her quest, like too many others, is inhibited by her lack of personal responsibility.
The second article is the diatribe by Kevin G. Hall. The conventional views of liberals who write such drivel is we do not tax enough and we don’t spend enough of others’ money.
We do not have a revenue problem; we have a spending problem. Oh, by the way, 51 percent of all pay no federal tax at all. Is this a taxing problem or what?
Diablo built tough
Since the earthquake in Japan, newspapers and TV are full of information about the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, insinuating that Diablo has a problem. One geologist said that there might be blind faults in addition to the known faults. Sounds like a political guess.
The quality of construction at Diablo is above average and is designed to withstand a 7.5-magnitude earthquake or the possibility of a nuclear problem from within. It was built to meet the high standard for nuclear plants and then rebuilt for the 7.5-magnitude earthquake.
Some of the changes were unbelievable. Several thousand construction personnel working countless hours every day for more than five years made Diablo strong and safer.
The first prime contractor was Guy Atkinson, then Foley, then Bechtel, the biggest in the world. I have worked for all of them over a period of 15 years. I was able to advance from worker to construction superintendent.
PG&E personnel decided on jobs, scheduling and priorities. Our job was to make it happen. PG&E spared nothing in its funding of material, labor and safety to make Diablo a safe nuclear plant.
One last fact is that Diablo is 85 feet above sea level, making it tsunami safe.
A few weeks ago, I attended a performance of the opera “The Barber of Seville,” put on by Opera San Luis Obispo. It was a wonderful experience to hear such beautiful voices coupled with talented acting, including some local performers.
I’m wondering why The Tribune never did a review of the opera. After all, Opera San Luis Obispo is a local group and should be acknowledged for putting on this enjoyable performance.
Editor’s note: A cover feature on Opera SLO’s “The Barber of Seville” ran in The Tribune’s Ticket section on March 31. The production had a two-day run immediately following the issue, and Ticket does not run reviews of such shows after they have ended.