The “pledge” of many Washington legislators — in effect, a “pledge” to lobbyist Grover Norquist — forbids any new taxation for any reason.
This outrageous and severe constraint even contravenes and overrules all prior pledges made by our nation to pay its contractual debts. If these legislators were soccer players, this would be equivalent to kicking goals into their own net to protest the rules of the game.
In the eyes of the public, Congress apparently cares more about obtaining lobbyists’ funding than about promoting the general welfare of a free people.
Norquist has been explicit in what he would do with our government along with its social contract: “Shrink it and then drown it in the bathtub!”
Also drowned would be our Constitution, our civility in governance and what’s left of the beatitudes in our society.
San Luis Obispo
No ‘club’ needed
In reply to Mr. Buzz Kalkowski feeling that he should belong to the Democratic “club” and not the Republican “club,” in his July 27 letter “Once a Republican,” I think it is only fair to bring this to his attention.
The last two years that President Bush was in office, Congress, which controls national spending, was run by Democrats, not Republicans. They still run it today.
As for me, I haven’t belonged to a “club” for years. I do not need a “club” to tell me what is right or wrong. I am independent, and vote any way I want — basically, for the candidate I feel is best for American citizens and our Constitution.
A recent article in The Tribune (Schools checked for dunes dust, July 23) mentioned particulate matter testing that had been conducted at local schools. It stated, “The preliminary results are encouraging Dust levels at Mesa Middle School and Oceano Elementary are very similar to a monitoring station in San Luis Obispo.”
On July 5, I was driving from the top of the hill on Oak Park Boulevard toward Grand Avenue. From that perspective, there’s a panoramic view of the coastline. Above the off-road recreational area, however, was a blanket of sand caused by off-roading during the extremely busy holiday weekend.
On the local news around that time, there was a report of police handing out speeding tickets to ATV riders on the beach. I kept thinking how ridiculous it is to allow gasoline-powered vehicles to drive on the beautiful dunes, endangering the lives of both riders and beach goers alike. At the same time, those recreational vehicles tie up precious police resources, spew particulate matter into the air and destroy the dunes experience for countless visitors who don’t happen to be off-roading enthusiasts.
There are good reasons why no other coastal community in California allows such nonsense. It’s dangerous, highly polluting and just plain dumb.
Dog park celebration
Elm Street Dog Park in Arroyo Grande celebrated its second birthday on May 23.
The dog park is used by the entire community and has become a very important part of our daily lives. It’s time to give a big “thank you” to the city of Arroyo Grande, the Arroyo Grande Recreation and Maintenance Services and the many local businesses who lend support whenever asked.
Elm Street Dog Park is fully funded and cared for by donations and volunteers who make sure the dog park is clean and safe. To “give back” to the community, Five Cities Dog Park Association is sponsoring “Puttin’ On the Dog” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 20 at Elm Street Park.
This promises fun for the entire family (humans and canines of all ages), with a parade, freestyle dancing, photographers, microchipping, immunizations, a barbecue and participation by businesses in the Five Cities area.
Celebrity judges will be on hand to decide the winners of the cutest dog and best dressed dog contests.
Mostly, it will be lots of fun. We invite everyone to come and enjoy the day with us.
What a hilarious letter from Jennifer Tolbert on August 1, regarding a conversation she strained to hear at the gym.
If she had the proper upbringing she claims to, she would not lash out at others that think differently than she. Her letter demonstrates the two-faced meaning of “God Bless” and “Pray for.”
I was raised in the fundamentalist culture where those words are code for “let’s gossip about the poor, poor sinners and lowly ones.” Those overused quotes are also meant to distinguish between us and them. I’m guessing she did not approach them because deep down she knew they were right.
Reduce the debt
On President Obama’s recent address, he once again said we should “ask” the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share. That sounded as though this would be voluntary. No one is ever “asked” to pay tax! It’s mandated! Obama states the deficit will be reduced. What about reducing our gigantic debt rather than simply trimming our deficits? The massive and ever-growing debt is what will sink us!
San Luis Obispo