To the generous gentleman at the Paso Robles Recycling Center, thank you for the five bags of bottles and cans that you gave me while we were waiting in line. They totaled up to $43.81.
In all fairness, I could not keep the money. I deposited the cash in the bank for a cashier’s check payable to the Atascadero Loaves and Fishes Organization. This group distributes free food to the people in need. Thank you for your kindness and gift.
Other words for debt
We all learned in grammar school that synonyms are different words with identical or similar meanings.
Throughout this supposed “debt crisis,” politicians are inventing new synonyms for “tax increase” on a seemingly daily basis that you will not currently find in a Thesaurus. These include: shared sacrifice, revenue increase, tax break reduction, paying their fair share, modest adjustments, balanced approach, tough choices and pitching in.
The invention of all of these new synonyms should be given credit with saving or creating a few jobs at Roget’s Thesaurus.
San Luis Obispo
Freedom isn’t free
Regarding Otis Page’s July 27 letter stating the tea party is courageous. Not so, fella.
The tea party is a prime example of the far right wing lunatic fringe of the minority right wing Republican party. The tea party radicals need to realize ‘’taxation’’ is the price we pay for civilization and living in the land of the free.
One of the other prices we do have to pay for being free is sometimes having to hear what the mouth-pieces of the lunatic fringe have to say in the persons of Rush Limbaugh and, the worst one of all, Glenn Beck.
Carl M. Ricard
The lead article in The Tribune, July 24, “New battle over binding arbitration,” quoted Max Neiman, Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley saying, “Everyone in the country, from banks to public employees, are trying to minimize the burden that they have to bear to manage through this crisis. ... Public employees would like to hold on to the benefits that they got in the good times.”
There are two points here that need to be made.
The local San Luis Obispo Police Officers Association (SLOPOA) offered the city zero salary increases and pension concessions until the economy improves. Obviously, SLOPOA members are not “trying to hold on to those benefits.”
Wouldn’t it be more beneficial for everyone, not just public employees, to determine why we had good times before and work to get those times back, rather than falsely place the blame on public safety employees?
Further, it would be interesting to determine whether the police officers “on the street” are dealing with a rise in incidents with confrontational citizens who are acting on the words of various City Council members.
Stop horse hunting
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reports capturing 211 wild horses in the first five days of the Triple B Complex roundup in Eastern Nevada, which began July 20. Wild horse advocate and journalist Laura Leigh at the roundup saw young foals and heavily pregnant mares being chased by helicopters for miles in blazing summer temperatures.
Verifying how fast or how far these horses are being stampeded is impossible, since no one but the pilot is present on the helicopter to observe. Just in this initial roundup, there have been at least three injured foals — one very small, perhaps 4 to 6 weeks old — and one mare who was killed after breaking her leg.
Over the next six weeks, the BLM plans to remove 1,700 wild horses from the Triple B Complex. This is a land grab by the ranchers in the area. There is plenty of water and food for these horses.
These are your federal tax dollars at work. You would think that when the U.S. is struggling for every dollar, that this would be one area that would stopped immediately. Tell your senator to put a stop to this cruel and unneeded program.
The political posturing around raising the debt ceiling has been highly irresponsible.
If Congress does not raise the debt ceiling, it is the equivalent of deciding to manage the world’s largest economy on a paycheck-to-paycheck basis, when its paychecks are highly variable and, in this weakened economy, not nearly large enough to cover current expenses.
No corporation wanting to stay in business would manage its cash flow that way either. The financial challenges facing our nation are large and real, but the proper way to address them is to decide through the budget process what expenses government should incur and how to pay for them, not threaten to refuse to pay the credit card bill after the purchases have already been made. The GOP’s insistence on “making a stand” over the debt ceiling, holding America’s economy hostage for partisan political gain, is nothing short of reckless.