The governor’s revised budget proposal gives legislators a second chance to come together to pass a budget that will extend current revenues and prevent further cuts to seniors, kids, families and people with disabilities.
This year, Californians have already been subjected to dismal cuts to core programs (Medi-Cal, CalWORKS, childcare and more).
Looking at the figures over the past three years, health care and human services programs have suffered the most: $22 billion in cuts. This has happened during a terrible recession, where record unemployment has forced an unprecedented number of Californians to seek safety net assistance to get back on their feet.
Here at the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, we’ve seen a 25 percent increase in need since the recession began. Californians cannot afford the shortsighted path of having our budget balanced on the backs of the most vulnerable. Let’s continue to pay the taxes we’ve been paying for the last few years in lieu of the human cost that an all-cuts budget would entail. We’ve asked Assemblyman Achadjian and Senator Blakeslee to work with the Governor for a recovery budget, because it’s the right thing to do. Your voice is needed, too.
Susan W. Stenovec
Board member for the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County
Transfer fee bad
There is something densely wrong-headed about charging a dollar for a library book transfer in this county.
In the first place, the “cost” of $15 to transfer a book is either loaded with fixed costs (which are also borne by non-transferred book loans), or an indicator of management incompetence.
But the important issue here is that there are not many books in our outlying library branches.
Rural users must use the book request system (unless they stick with bestsellers and children’s books). For them, it is a book transfer library.
OK, the library needs some money. But let’s impose a fee which is borne equally by all users, so that we can maintain a closer proximity to the truth when we call it a “public” library. If our current librarian cannot figure out how to do this, let’s fire him and hire someone who can. And if our current crop of supervisors can’t handle a problem as simple as this one, it’s time to move them on, too.
Many against one
The Tribune joined the herd against one realist.
Sen. Sam Blakeslee was realistically correct to defend the people against unrealistic legislation like Senate Bill 8. You can’t force Americans to be generous for nothing. Americans are capitalists. Generosity comes from the higher nature of man.
There is no such thing as transparency in government, business or poker. Secrecy is the name of the game. The Tribune’s rationale against Blakeslee’s vote is supported by an irrational national mindset.
San Luis Obispo
I am an American college student struggling to pay college expenses. I apply for financial aid annually, but it is not enough. My parents can’t afford to contribute, as the economy has affected their income. Fellow students are in the same position.
It is becoming more and more difficult to get a college education in California, the state with the cheapest schools. It frustrates me to read that California lawmakers approved AB 131 (California Dream Act).
On Page A3 of the June 2 Tribune is an article titled “Assembly approves state-funded financial aid for illegal immigrants.” The last paragraph states, “Critics argued that AB 131 would encourage more illegal immigration and cut education funding available for citizens.”
This is of great concern to me, a Cuesta College student from San Luis Obispo County. Illegal immigrants already take American jobs. Are we willingly giving them an education at the expense of our own citizens’ educations?
I am not willing to sacrifice my education for illegal immigrants. Illegal is the key word. The California Dream Act promotes breaking the law. I am a law-abiding citizen trying to earn a higher education so that I can give back to my community, state and nation. California lawmakers want to give my dream away. Please, rethink AB 131.
Which ‘C’ word?
Richard Placak is an expert on capitalism (“Monetary matters,” May 31), especially if it affects bond or stock holders.
He states that General Motors and Chrysler “should have gone into bankruptcy and the profitable divisions sold off. That would be capitalism.”
It sounds as if he doesn’t think it mattered how many jobs were lost or that we are getting our money back. Did he think the same should have happened to Wall Street and the big banks, who along with Bush’s deregulations got us into this mess?
Apparently Mr. Placak thinks that giving $700 billion of taxpayer money to bail out Wall Street and the major banks, followed by multimillion-dollar bonuses, is capitalism; anything not to hurt those bond or stock holders.
If you believe this was capitalism, please watch the HBO docudrama “Too Big to Fail.” I believe the “C” word appropriate for what happened to our tax money is either collusion, corruption or both, but it certainly is not capitalism! And I’m sure that we’ll be getting our money back any day now.
Stick to promise
Sheriff Ian Parkinson pledged to create a cold case task force when he was running for sheriff; we need to hold him to his promise. I know we are twisting our faces as we say “He promised,” because we all know they say one thing and then do what they want.
Not this time, Mr. Parkinson. Those of us who voted you in want you to make this very important, and we will not go away. The Smart family and the other unsolved murder cases deserve this, as do we, the taxpayers.
Budgets tell the story of priorities. Now is the time to do as you promised, Sheriff Parkinson, and assign a full-scale team of resources in and beyond the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department to solve cold cases, including that of Kristin Smart! So Sheriff Parkinson, please hear us today and make this important.
We would like to thank the Committee for Atascadero Public Schools for the generous grant we received for the 2010-2011 school year.
Through their grant program, we received replacement markers for students’ white-board paddles. The use of white-board paddles allows every child to actively participate in reading, writing and math.
As you can imagine, we go through the markers quickly and the funds to replace them are not available. With the current state budget crisis, we are appreciative of CAPS’ support to provide funding for supplies, field trips and other enriching materials and activities.
We are extremely grateful for the dedication of the individuals who spend countless hours volunteering their time to help raise funds in support of our teachers and students.
We welcome you to attend the fifth annual CAPS Evening For Education on Saturday, Aug. 13. The evening includes auctions, dancing and a delicious meal. This event will sell out, so purchase your tickets early.
For more information or to donate, visit their website at www.atascaderocaps.org.
Carol Simpson, Kathy Brown, Melinda Reaney, Pamela Billings, Ann Platz
San Gabriel Elementary School
I believe that The Tribune is on very thin ice by printing Jim Kopisch’s May 29 letter, “Something funny here.”
“My conjecture is that prices are being fixed in this area” clearly borders on the libelous, since it is unsupported by any evidence. To accuse local gas station operators of committing a felony is distasteful in the very least and should not be given public exposure by our local newspaper.
If I wrote that “My conjecture is that Cal Poly administrators are embezzling university funds,” would you print it? I doubt it.
Don’t we have enough division in this community without printing such scurrilous charges?
Gratitude for teachers
As a parent of a soon-to-be graduate of San Luis Obispo High School, I feel extremely grateful for 13 years of wonderful teachers, counselors and administrative staff.
To everyone involved in my child’s education, I have no doubt that your countless hours of hard work achieved their goal: a student well prepared for college and a challenging modern world.
I wish, most of all, that you always received proper respect and compensation, but please know that your efforts will be very much on my mind as I watch so many impressive local students receive their diplomas.
San Luis Obispo