The article in The Tribune titled “Textbook-tampering bill advances,” by Bob Cuddy, included some eye-opening statements in its list of charges of making the curriculum lean more to the “right.”
How does eliminating Thomas Jefferson, one of the biggest heroes of United States conservatives, lean education to the right? Jefferson was adamantly and outspokenly opposed to democracy, and he, along with our other founding fathers, established a constitutional republic. Yet, somehow, telling our students this fact is causing textbooks to lean “right”?
How about being honest that we are not a democracy and that our republic was set up to prevent us becoming one? Unfortunately, we have chipped away at our constitutional republic for so long that we are in danger of losing it. It seems like Texas textbooks are not really leaning right, but — in place of being far left — may actually be approaching left of center. I guess, however, that is still too accurate for the socialist re-engineering of our state and country.
San Luis Obispo
In the decision of a judgment on Proposition 8, a judge is being questioned for possible conflict since he is gay. Equally conflicted would be someone who is married, since that’s the other side of the issue. By this logic, only single judges should decide this matter. Wait, a single person might be against marriage.
This issue moves from frivolous to ridiculous.
San Luis Obispo
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I see where the Diablo Canyon Power Plant should be closed, due to earthquake possibility. The windmills should be shut down due to bird deaths. The solar plants should not be allowed, due to other animal questions.
I think that the Diablo Canyon power plant and the windmills should be shut down during the months of July and August. After no air conditioning, no TV, no microwaves, etc., due to power blackouts, I am sure there might be some different thinking.
Maybe Diablo should be closed, but not until we get other electricity sources.
Proposition 8 was lawfully added to the ballot then lawfully passed by an overwhelming majority. If same sex couples want the same rights as heterosexuals, that’s different than trying to redefine marriage as it’s been since the beginning of time.
A judge does not have the authority to define the law. The job is to uphold the law as it is written in text. When judges unlawfully define the law in their own opinion, they become activists acting outside of their oath to uphold the law and should step down or be removed. It was not a slap on anti-gay activists, but on all voters who voted for or against the measure.
While I empathize with the parents of Kristin Smart and understand that Sheriff Ian Parkinson made a promise to the Smart family lawyer, — whom he appeared for as an expert witness — and to others, in this challenging economic time of bare-bone budgets, it is not an appropriate use of limited resources.
Rural South County residents have at least a 20 minute wait for a sheriff to respond to a call for help. That is unacceptable. Sheriff Parkinson mentioned putting detectives in cars to help shorten response times. If he assigns one or more detectives to a cold case, it will take away from adding needed resources to the streets to help those in need today.
If in the future we have more personnel in the sheriff’s department to look into cold cases, I would support that happening, but for now I believe the Sheriff should attend to the safety needs of citizens living in our county today.