Gracias for fiesta!
Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County would like to thank everyone who contributed to our event, Fiesta by the Sea, on May 1. The event was made possible by the generosity of our business community, who donated goods and services for our auction, our local wineries and all who joined us and gave selflessly.
A warm thank you to our major sponsors who supported our efforts: PG&E, Lynda and David Nath, San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, Dinsmore-Daman Fund, William Henry Crew Wealth Management, Walmart, Barbara and Al Stevens, Founders Community Bank, Thoma Electric, Five Cities Men’s Club, Social Studies Club and Stifel Nicolaus.
All funds raised go to support our programs — Operation School Bell, providing new school clothing to children in need in kindergarten through sixth grade, and Sue’s Stars, providing school-appropriate clothing to seventh- and eighth-graders. This school year, our all-volunteer organization clothed more than 1,300 children in our county.
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With the generosity shown by our community, we will be able to continue to serve the same number of students this next school year.
For more information on Assistance League, please visit www.alslocounty.org
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Pakistan’s good deal
In the May 5 article “How much did Pakistan know?” the comment was made by our former Pakistani ambassador that either their intelligence agency knew Osama bin Laden was there and they were covering for him or they didn’t know and that makes them incompetent.
I think it was the former scenario. Pakistan knew how much we wanted bin Laden, and they knew we would keep funding the hunt as they posed as our allies in that effort.
Bin Laden was their guaranteed income source. The Pakistani military receives billions in U.S. aid money. That money in most part went directly to the military.
Why not keep secure the hen that lays the golden egg? In fact, they placed him almost at the front door of their military academy in a compound of barbed wire and high walls.
Who says that the Pakistani intelligence apparatus and military are incompetent? They sure know a good deal when they see one.
In the wake of tornadoes
Thank you very much for The Tribune’s detailed coverage of the Southeast tornadoes. The first, last month, spawned 62 North Carolina storms that killed 21 people. Then, the April 27 outbreak spawned more than 130 twisters that killed 333 people and injured more than 2,000. That was 37 years after the 1974 super outbreak of a record 148 tornadoes that killed 330 people.
Though deaths and injuries get the most attention, disasters bring much fallout. Mental illnesses haunt survivors, who are reminded that life can be a crapshoot and some live and die by chance. Anxiety and depression haunt millions who’ve lost homes, pets, possessions and businesses. Survivors may blame each other or themselves and get divorced. Others succumb to rage and file lawsuits. Religious folks may lose all faith in God. Many worry for years after about bankruptcy and being homeless.
The worst blow in the Southeast is that conditions remain ripe for still more tornadoes, because the tornado season peaks in May. April 2011 already had a record 297 twisters.
We should be thankful to live far from tornado alley. And we can thank The Tribune for its coverage.
San Luis Obispo
I’m just asking; How come the Republican Party wasn’t concerned about a balanced budget while a Republican majority controlled the White House and Congress?
Regardless of what you thought of President Bill Clinton, he left us with a balanced budget and a huge surplus.
I believe in honest and prudent accounting as well as balanced government policies. The shift in priorities is shameful by those screaming for fiscal change when they don’t accept responsibility for creating the huge deficits.
I’d be less cynical and more openly supportive if the Republican Party just fessed up with a little truth on this matter.
San Luis Obispo
I’m very sorry that letter writer Chris Alba (“Sickening picture,” May 4) does not understand what bin Laden’s death has meant to so many people. As a longtime educator, I know that many children, teenagers and young adults, as well as older people, who lived through the 9/11 disaster were traumatized by the event. We have tried for 10 years to bring some kind of closure to this event. Much closure happened with bin Laden’s death.
I think we all noticed who showed up at the White House fences after President Barack Obama’s announcement that Sunday evening: college and university students. Many of us would like to have joined them.
When mankind succeeds and we accomplish something important, it is time to celebrate.
Charles R. Carlson
After years paying in, I joined millions of Americans on Medicare last month and next year, hopefully, Social Security. There’s all that money going out, not enough coming in and a huge deficit.
Washington is saying we must clean house. They won’t cut my benefits, though. I still vote. Retirement seems so far off when you’re young.
I vaguely remember balanced budgets just 10 years ago. What happened, and what aren’t they telling us?
Simple research reveals from 1945 to 1964 the top federal tax bracket lingered around 90 percent. Today, it’s 35 percent. The new House proposal would reduce it to 25 percent — something here makes me uneasy.
In 2007, the top 10 percent — with incomes of more than $110,000 — accounted for 50 percent of wages Americans brought home. Their tax rates begin at 28 percent and max out at 35 percent for high-earners making more than $375,000. Another 5 percent for these folks would generate $200 billion to $300 billion in federal revenue. That’s about $1,000 for each American.
Then there’s corporations, where the top rate is 35 percent, which few pay. Investment income, etc., is another story.
Numbers don’t lie. High earners could endure more pain. Come on. Don’t forsake my children’s retirement.
Mike Broadhurst Cambria
Regarding the Morro Bay City Council’s decision to remain inflexible about one of the planning commissioner’s absences this season, I am appalled. The council members pulled the rug out from under John Diodati in the first place by changing the meeting day to accommodate their needs. He was able, within reason, to handle both his obligations prior to the change.
It is obviously a stacked deck and a travesty against a commissioner who has been well-rounded, unbiased, intelligent and thorough in his decisions.
The claim that it is unfair to the applicant who needs permits, etc., is a rather lame excuse. Permits are slow and expensive, delays are frequent, and variances or changes are allowed often.
What about the fairness to the public who spoke in support of Diodati at the April 12 meeting? Watch the rerun on Channel 20.
Do we want a puppet-like commission or do we want a fair, well-rounded one?