Glad to be in Grover
We live in the great city of Grover Beach. We are so proud of the folks who work for the city who accepted reduced pay in order for the city to balance its budget. It was a $310,000 hit, including a 10 percent pay cut agreed to by the city manager.
Their courage, unselfishness and compassion for their fellow workers are heroic. We wish the federal and state governments would take a look and follow suit. Thank you city employees.
On another issue, the city continues to try to find ways to pay for street improvements. Frankly, we think the past few years of street improvements, considering the lack of adequate funding, has been remarkable. Just look around at the many streets that have been improved, especially those that introduce our city to visitors.
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We recently returned from a 7,750-mile trip that took us across many states all the way to Michigan and back. We avoided freeways and took more rural routes that caused us to pass through many small towns similar to ours. We were appalled at the condition of their streets. It was, indeed, very sad. Our city shines in comparison.
We are glad we live in the great city of Grover Beach.
Richard Roberts and Carol Roberts
It’s time to admit the economy is beyond repair, as is true of our political institution.
You can’t compromise a solution for what was unilaterally destroyed. The wheels are off the economy and Obama can’t put them on again. The corporate elite run the country; it’s time they take responsibility for it.
Give them Michelle Bachmann. If anyone can find the bottom of this recession, Bachmann can — denial of the debt ceiling crisis being proof of that. Let them have their radical anti-social agenda, turn the clock back if they can.
It’s what is needed to wake the American people up, get them out of their stupor, realize they have been in the pot with the fire on. We’re not cooked yet, but a radical approach is necessary.
Democrats bail out the economy every time the Republicans transfer our prosperity to the corporate elite. Let Republicans repair their precious, greed-based economy if they can. The boom-bust cycle we have endured for the last century stinks of insanity. We are insane re-electing Obama, unless he finally stands up to the corporate elite.
Macy’s vs. JCPenney
Macy’s has been trying to get a location in San Luis Obispo since 2002. That year, Macy’s was first proposed to open a two-story 110,000-square foot-store in the now defunct San Luis Obispo marketplace project. A store of this size would be great for San Luis Obispo.
A Macy’s store is right for this area because of higher quality products, and their My Macy’s campaign allows the products to be customized to fit the Central Coast’s styles. Regarding the economic benefits of Macy’s, it would create lots of revenue and jobs for the city of San Luis Obispo. The fourth good reason Macy’s would benefit this area is that creates competition.
Macy’s also offers customers products only found at its store, like its special Charter Club line. And let’s not forget that Macy’s is a classy, high-end store, and there is a large demographic out there that prefers to shop for professional clothes at good sale prices.
Next time you shop at Macy’s, let them know SLO wants a store!
Air Force manual
This is an update on the Air Force training manual which I wrote about in a letter that appeared in the July 20 Tribune. According to Truthout.org on which my original information was based, the manual is being revised as a result of questions raised.
A part of the training used New Testament quotations indicating that nuclear war is justifiable under certain circumstances. This seems to me to be an outrageous misinterpretation of the teachings of the “Prince of Peace” and at the same time raises questions of separation of church and state.
Tax on pet food
My grandparents had a farm and kept dogs and cats. They were considered farm animals.
The dogs kept the wild animals like foxes and such away from the chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. The cats caught and ate the rats and mice. Both types of animals earned their keep.
Today, I don’t own a dog or cat, but often find droppings from dogs and cats in my yard.
I enjoy the birds in my area and feed them about a pound of seeds a day. In addition, I have trained some blue jays to take peanuts from my hand.
I wonder how many domestic cats kill birds yearly? Maybe the bird lovers and the environmental concerned citizens should complain about cats.
If our elected in Washington put a tax on pet food and used that money to feed our U.S. homeless and hungry, that wouldn’t hurt our national debt, but sure would help some of our U.S. citizens.
Will of the people
When Republicans won control of the House of Representatives, majority leader John Boehner said they where there to do the will of the American people.
Last month, Mr. Boehner spoke about including tax increases on corporations and the wealthy as part of deficit reduction. “The American people simply won’t stand for it,” he announced. Republicans insist on a spending cuts only plan that will require massive cuts in Social Security and Medicare.
According to Gallup and the Pew Research Center polls, both done in July:
19 percent believe the deficit should be cut by spending cuts alone.
68 percent believe the deficit should be cut by tax increases alone or a combination of cuts and tax increases.
According to a CNN poll:
16 percent believe Social Security should be cut to reduce the deficit.
84 percent oppose Social Security cuts to reduce the deficit.
12 percent believe Medicare should be cut to reduce the deficit.
87 percent oppose Medicare cuts to reduce the deficit.
The will of the people must not mean what I thought it meant.
San Luis Obispo
It seems obvious to me, and I hope to America, that the national debt has always been a crisis.
I believe that if Americans would remember and apply the principles of the Founding Fathers, on the proper role and character of government, our national problems would be greatly diminished.
“Rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt.”
— Benjamin Franklin
“(Debt is) an ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slave driver.”
— Ambrose Bierce
San Luis Obispo