President Obama wants Israel to return land won in a 1967 conflict to the Palestinians. Under the same reasoning, I was wondering when and if the president will suggest that California and Texas (won in wars) be ceded back to Mexico. What’s good for the goose (Israel) should be good for the gander (USA). I also wonder how many liberal thinkers who would surmise that returning California and Texas to Mexico is a goofy idea might also have no problem with the president suggesting a similar concept to Israel — returning land to the vanquished.
Lastly, the President in his speech honored a Tunisian cart owner, who set himself ablaze in protest of the government impounding his cart and having no legal redress. The President stated that this was the impetus for the uprisings in other countries in the region, thereby glorifying the man’s actions.
It seems to me that our Christian president should be less cavalier about extolling the virtues of someone who has killed himself in the name of any cause. I believe suicide in the Christian religion is still a sin.
I’m curious if any of the progressive theologians had any problems with the president immortalizing the bereft Tunisian. I would guess not.
Ridiculous and scary
Please tell me this is not happening: San Francisco is actually going to put the right to circumcise one’s child on the ballot! That just blew me away when I read it. Talk about Big Brother intruding on our private lives — and for some that includes religious beliefs (and that will not be an “excuse” that will be allowed for what could become a misdemeanor).
I seriously believe that as concerned and intelligent citizens we have to stop this kind of occurrence — it has passed any benchmark of sanity and now gone into the stratosphere of ridiculous — and scary.
Let’s wake up folks ... this is our country, our lives and our children's future!
On May 6, a wonderful and inspiring event took place on the campus of Cuesta College — the Special Olympics. The athletes exhibited the much-admired quality of good sportsmanship and gave the very best they had within themselves as they participated in their events.
While accepting their medals, they were rightfully proud of their accomplishments and so were the many family members and friends who were there that morning to cheer them on.
At the same time, something else was going on in the parking lot. Someone broke into our car, ripped the DVD player out of the ceiling along with the LCD screen and two headphones. They also took our portable GPS, a brake controller, Bushnell binoculars, a brand-new torque wrench and a favorite black jacket.
On the one hand, it is great to live in San Luis Obispo, a city that cares so much about its citizens and supports Special Olympics each year. On the other hand, the theft leaves us with a new sense of insecurity.
If anyone knows anything about the people who have contributed to this sense of insecurity, please call the Cuesta College Police Department, 546-3205.
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The Sunday May 22 Tribune featured a front page headline, “A Drinking Problem,” that discussed the serious problem of binge drinking among Cal Poly students, many of whom are underage drinkers.
Inside, on Page A6, there is an advertisement proclaiming “The Literacy Council Presents Wine, Wit and Words.” Oh, and it was also the weekend of the much-advertised Paso Robles Wine Festival.
Am I the only one who sees a double standard here? No wonder we have a serious drinking problem among our young people.
I’m not sure why the subject of banked vacation time is being treated as a burden on the public when it is actually the opposite.
The reason people bank vacation is not to hoard money or because they don’t want time off, but because the pressures of their job make taking time off impossible.
I worked for a district attorney’s office, and murder cases just didn’t take a holiday. Thus, when I retired I had months of banked vacation time, which ended up costing me a lot in taxes that year.
Essentially, the public got an interest-free loan of that money for all the time it was banked.
San Luis Obispo
The United States has always been a strong supporter of Israel, and we must continue to support the only democracy in the Middle East. The Palestinians seek recognition of a Palestinian state while refusing to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a homeland for all of the Jewish people.
We must continue to protect Israel’s right to exist and support the peace of this Israeli nation.
Cost of government
The Tribune’s May 15 editorial endorsing tax extensions is remiss in not citing the real problem: the cost of government.
Payroll expenses — headcount, amount of pay and pensions — are exorbitant. Tax extensions may be part of the relief if Brown and the democrats address the real problem: cutting pay. Besides this, the state’s bureaucracy is too complex and inefficient.
It is time to take the knife and cut. Without this, tax extensions must be ignored to restore reality in Sacramento and throughout the state.
The manifestation of the problem also exists at the county and city levels, a story to be told on another day that local government has also become too expensive.
The Boeing Co., founded in 1916 by Frank E. Boeing, is a private company, publicly held and traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
Boeing has a fiduciary responsibility to the company and its stockholders to turn a profit. Boeing would like to open up a second assembly line in South Carolina, which is more business-friendly than Washington State, to build its 787 Dreamliner and create up to 12,000 new jobs.
But the Obama Administration’s National Labor Relations Board is doing its best to block this move, and why? South Carolina is a right-to-work state.
What right does the Obama administration have in telling a private business where it can set up shop? Interesting — and there are still those that say this administration is not Socialist.
Options, not curfews
Instead of curfews for our youth, which show mistrust, why don’t we have miniature golf, a recreational center to shoot hoops and pool in, with exercise classes, or tai chi, or yoga; have a dance spot (without alcohol) out in the country where they can make all the noise they want; a roller or ice skating rink; or a bowling alley for the general public?
If our young people had as many activities as the adults enjoy in this community, they would not be so inclined to drink.
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Oceano CSD fix
I have been to several Oceano Community Services District meetings in the past and have seen the antics of the board members and constant bickering and not getting anything done.
In the last few months, we’ve seen board members walk out on the board and new people appointed. We didn’t have an election last year, and I think we should have.
No matter who sits up there on that board, the problems of Oceano will continue. No one will ever get along. We have seen that in the past. A new person comes in, it’s sugar-coated, and then it turns into disaster. You can’t fix something that’s broken.
Water problems, general manager problems, money missing — they are mysteries that will never be solved.
Oceano is a great community with a lot of potential. I think the best way to solve this is to recall everyone and just elect five new people to represent Oceano.
It’s time for change, and new board members won’t fix anything. Trust me.