Do the right thing
The teachers of adults with disabilities in San Luis Obispo are in danger of losing their jobs and their students are in danger of losing their education. This, in spite of the fact that San Luis Coastal has a reserve and that Gov. Brown just committed more money to education.
Having spent the last 30 years of my life teaching students with disabilities, I am appalled that the superintendent and the school board are even thinking that these disabled adults do not need the expertise of a credentialed teacher.
What is the point of spending money on K-12 education when we uphold a philosophy that says once you’re an adult you no longer matter? Many adults do not outgrow their disabilities. These individuals deserve compassion, dignity, inclusion and education. It is my hope that the school board and the superintendent will do the right thing, grant adults with disabilities the qualified teachers they deserve.
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Tea party rally
On Saturday, April 16, two different rallies were held in San Luis Obispo County. The Tribune highlighted 300 anti-nuclear protesters at Avila Beach with pictures and an extensive write-up. It completely ignored the SLO tea party rally in Atascadero, where more than 300 people heard seven speakers call for true change. The paper’s exclusive choice of coverage, while disappointing, was not surprising — considering its editorial bias.
The rally was in response to the disastrous $1.65 trillion increase in our national debt this year on top of the existing $14.3 trillion debt. For some galactic reason, President Obama believes he can balance our budget by borrowing $4.5 billion more every day.
At the event, there was also a raffle for two locally manufactured Weatherby pump shotguns.
Attendees voted unanimously to:
1. Stop birthright citizenship.
2. Require all government entities to use E-Verify in hiring employees.
3. Make English the official and exclusive language of the United States.
4. Require that all government budgets be balanced by reducing spending rather than by tax increases.
5. Repeal Obamacare.
6. Require federal and state governments to stop hindering oil and gas drilling, production and refinery operations in the U.S., including Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
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Republicans prefer to take resources away from the weak and vulnerable, such as minorities, the elderly and needy — whereas Democrats would rather sequester resources from the rich and the powerful, such as military contractors, corporations and the top 1 percent of income earners.
So, where do you fit into this equation? If you are a so-called Christian, how could you not be a Democrat?
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A positive example
The Tribune’s May 30 article on scholarships awarded by Peter Thiel was a positive example of opportunities for young entrepreneurs.
Critics quoted in the article indicated that those choosing to accept the award instead of attending college were doing so at their peril.
What is to prevent those young people from going to college at a later date? Further, when they do apply to college, they will be able to include a fellowship on their resume, making them a more attractive candidate.
We approach another election in 18 months or so. Mindful of the recent natural disasters, I would like to suggest to each politician that for each dollar spent on self-promotion and tearing down the opposition that he or she donates the same amount to a general fund that would distribute the money to communities affected by natural disasters.
I don’t know how most people feel about the millions spent to advance political ambitions, but when I see communities suffering, it seems that there needs to be a change in our priorities. How many times do we need to see “Vote for John Doe or Jane Smith”?
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Local fine dining
In response to Joe Dervin’s May 26 letter about restaurants in Atascadero, maybe his upturned snobby nose is impeding his vision. We have numerous establishments of fine dining in the great town of Atascadero.
We eat out often and greatly enjoy the variety and quality of restaurants in town. I suggest that Mr. Dervin actually try the local fare instead of taking the opinion of the New Times.
If, after sampling our fine dining, the restaurants do not suit his refined palate, Mr. Dervin is very welcome to go back from whence he came. I’ll even buy him a tank of gas.