As a former junior high school teacher, I am shocked and irate to learn of the many bullying incidents occurring now in public schools. Where are the adults and why do they not act to stop the emotional horrors being inflicted on children by their peers?
My school district did not tolerate such behavior. When it did occur, not only were the child perpetrators called to task, so were their parents.
Children reported such incidents in total confidence. The accused child was immediately removed from class by the principal. If guilt was established, parents were contacted.
Parents were advised by the principal and teachers of the severity of the situation. They were also reminded that, by law, they were responsible for the actions of their children.
Their child was then usually suspended and the suspension recorded in the child’s records. There were not many repeat offenders.
The safety and welfare of children in our schools is the primary responsibility of those schools. Children who are bullied must be listened to and taken seriously.
School bullies absolutely must be stopped in appropriate ways. And parents must always be held accountable for the actions of their children.
Yes, to big jetliners
Serving larger jetliners should help, not harm, San Luis Obispo. The current recession will end and, in the coming boom, SLO could get more airlines with bigger jets to more destinations than before.
Conceivable new destinations could include Denver, Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Dallas, Houston and even Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland.
A 125-seat jet is not a vast increase, and today’s turbofan engines create only 80 decibels of noise on takeoff. Old 707s and DC-8s produced 125 decibels with JT3C turbojets and 115 decibels with JT3D fanjets. The 727s and DC-10s generated 99-102 decibels while 737-200s and TriStars produced only 95 decibels.
San Luis Obispo travelers deserve the best service. Old 30- to 50-seat propeller-driven planes are growing obsolete, and the thrumming of their propellers creates vibration and noise for passengers. Jets consume less fuel per passenger and keep fares from expanding too rapidly.
Boeing 737s and A319 Airbuses will introduce new luxury to San Luis Obispo routes. And 737-300s with CFM56 engines produce as little as 78 decibels.
San Luis Obispo
Those who continue to blame the Bush administration for the economy have forgotten the economic impact the 9/11 attacks had on the U.S.
The airline industry was affected because commercial airlines were used in the attack and many people were afraid to fly. Airlines required billions of dollars of assistance to survive. Some filed bankruptcy.
Insurance companies paid out an estimated $40 billion in claims. The agriculture and food industries suffered setbacks, and the anthrax attacks in October 2011 made people aware that bioterrorism could affect the food and water supply. Nearly 18,000 small businesses were disrupted or destroyed, most in and around the World Trade Center complex.
Nearly 130,000 employees were displaced from their jobs. Legislation extended unemployment benefits another 13 weeks beyond the initial 13-week extension for all unemployed.
The city of New York was impacted as well. The government assisted by reimbursing the city for emergency expenditures related to the attacks and reinvigorating the local economy with economic development incentives.
To date, New York City has been given about $22 billion in federal aid.
Try to remember what the Bush administration did after the 9/11 tragedy, even if it was at our expense.
Adrian M. Hurtado
News this past week included word that President Obama will pour even more millions into one of his pet projects, the high-speed train to nowhere (sorry Fresno).
Then, The Trib revealed that the state had authorized grants totaling $93 million for nice, but definitely nonessential projects for museums, nature centers, etc.
On the other hand, we received word that Cuesta College must chop another $2.9 million dollars out of its already pared down budget — just one of the endless budget cuts being required by schools and colleges across our once-great state.
How sad. When are we going to get our priorities straight?
And to top it all off, Caltrans has removed all the beautiful oleander bushes (touted to be beneficial for serving as both traffic barriers and a shield for oncoming headlights), from the Highway 101 median through Paso Robles. What a sad day. Bet Santa Barbara will never allow that to happen to their oleander median!
Cut us a break
President Obama: Yes, you are my golden leader and I still feel so. Can you get us, the middle class people, a break from high prices? I’m mainly concerned with gasoline, food and no more war overseas.
Please don’t break our backs. We have been through enough.
The political divide
Who are we as a people? Is this really a country with values that reflect what we’ve been taught since we were children?
The divide we endure now, if not healed somehow, will destroy us as sure as many others have destroyed countries and cultures throughout history.
The ballot box — used with knowledge and the intelligence most of us have — is the only answer. Too many of our present, elected leaders have drawn lines in the sand based, not on democratic ways of reaching solutions, but by taking confrontational stances: my way or the highway.
Are self-absorbed, reckless politicians leading this divide, blindly thinking only of self and party? Or, are they merely the tail being wagged by an apathetic and ignorant electorate, an electorate fed with lies, half-truths and hate?
This political divide has manifested itself over the past 30 years to where we are now: a nation of classes. Our troubles cannot be solved overnight by throwing the most vulnerable among us under the proverbial bus. By these, I mean shortchanging our children and those who, through no fault of their own, need help. Is this a country that can lead the world?
Education is one of the most important concerns a country can have. Without a viable system with young people developing their full potential with the help of capable teachers from qualified schools, a country can suffer tragically.
Every effort must be made to ensure that educational stability is maintained, even if it means lessening aid in other worthy areas.
By increasing class sizes and by initiating a program of standardization in order to develop a rigid system of evaluation, the true purpose of education will suffer. As Shakespeare would say, “Comparisons are odious.”
There are two important areas that must be taken into consideration. First, there should be no failures. Every student must be given every opportunity to succeed. Secondly, every student is different. The school program must take that into consideration.
Every effort must be made to ensure that every student, at the conclusion of their education, will have available a position in his or her chosen field.
Right now, we are seeing the effects of eroded educational programs with the increase in the number of prisons.
T.A. Hughes’ May 1 letter implies that European Christians were not complicit in the Holocaust because the Nazis acted against Catholics. This is a prime example of cherry-picking historical data to reach a false conclusion. History clearly shows that a decadent “Christian” culture across Europe spawned Hitler’s perverse ideas. From the Middle Ages onward, this culture eliminated entire Jewish communities, such as the People’s Crusade, massacred Jews without mercy in Jerusalem and expelled or persecuted Jews en masse. Catholic leaders were the first to mark Jews with yellow badges in Castile and isolate them in ghettos in Venice and Rome.
Martin Luther wrote of Jews: “We are at fault for not slaying them.” German churches mobilized people to end the Nazi killing of the handicapped but then refused to protest the overwhelming suffering of Jews.
I remain personally committed to Christianity’s spiritual truths but not to revising its checkered historical record. Let the truth breathe.
San Luis Obispo
Only in the state of California can we both simultaneously close parks for lack of funding (front page on Saturday) and give away money to open new parks. As we speak, the granting of $184 million dollars in Proposition 84 funds is in process. The public initiative process is flawed. Someone needs to find a way to use that money to keep the parks we already have open. You think I am kidding? Look into it!
Unsuited for disaster
It has been nearly two months since the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Concerns are raised over the safety of Diablo Canyon, a plant that is situated near major faults and is subject to geological and natural forces over which humans have no control. Citizens should ask for a preparedness plan from the responsible agencies. This plan should go beyond evacuation measures. It should address the long-range aftermath of contamination and how responsible agencies plan to remediate contaminated land and water. This plan should be specific and feasible to execute.
Agriculture is the driving force of our local economy. Nuclear contamination threatens all of our agricultural operations. Does the profit generated by the Diablo plant outweigh the value of our county’s land and water resources? Where do the responsible parties plan to dispose of radioactive material, some of which has a half-life of thousands of years? What we want to see is transparency, accountability and honesty.
We are not suited to deal with a disaster and are jeopardizing our very home. This should be considered in light of PG&E’s attempt to relicense the Diablo Canyon plant.