Thinking for herself
In response to Mike Morgan’s letter of April 24, I can assure him of how my vote will be cast in November’s election. It will be for President Obama, not for any of the men currently elbowing their way up to the GOP convention.
I have been a blue-collar worker (waitress for 11 years), a professional for 10 years (regional sales manager for an international bio-tech company), and a stay-at-home mom/housewife (for more than 10 years) in a “traditional” family that does not believe a family (whatever its makeup) is an abomination.
Did I agree with Rosen? Not really, but I get her point. It was mean in spirit, and not necessarily political as much as it was misogynistic. Society has been teaching women that our roles are secondary for far too long.
However, I do think most women, whatever their position in life, do have enough innate intelligence to think for themselves and to make informed decisions at the polls. And we can recognize TV politico rants when we see them, whatever party is squawking at us. It doesn’t make us follow them like lemmings, anymore than it does for the men who watch such noise.
So much for exposing Obama’s lies.
Ed Waage listens
I am new to being involved in local government. I have been attending the Board of Supervisors meetings and have an observation to make. I do not feel represented or heard by three of the current board members. I feel that decisions are made against the citizens of SLO County and most do not even know it because they are not in attendance.
So I have sought out a solution and have interviewed and have attended many events that Dr. Ed Waage has been speaking at. I have asked and reasked my questions of concern and am pleasantly surprised to find Dr. Waage’s a well educated man on any subject I have a concern about.
Dr. Waage’s depth on issues that affect me was refreshing. I was not talked down to as Mr. Hill has done, but given an opportunity to ask until I was satisfied. Dr. Waage will add this needed dimension to the Board of Supervisors and he has earned my vote in the June 5 election.
San Luis Obispo
Ann not qualified
Her exact words were not well chosen, but Hilary Rosen’s intent was clear to those not seeking an anti-Obama slant. Rosen meant:
Ann Romney has never frantically read “help wanteds” at 6 a.m. hoping to beat competitors seeking the same job. Ann Romney never mailed hundreds of carefully crafted résumés, fine-tuned for each job sought. Ann Romney never sat sweating, one of a dozen equally desperate people waiting to be interviewed for one position for which she would be paid two-thirds of her male co-workers. Ann Romney never stood in long lines hoping to get the one position at a fastfood restaurant.
Ann Romney has never been forced to accept menial minimum-wage jobs or go without food for her children. Ann Romney has never gotten a paycheck hatcheted with deductions. Ann Romney has never been on job probation, fearing she’d be fired for a single mistake.
Ann Romney has never faced leering co-workers or those with roaming hands and smutty remarks. Ann Romney has never worried about her job being eliminated and moved overseas. Ann Romney has never cried herself to sleep in fear of losing her house because she can’t find a decent job.
No matter how hard Mrs. Romney and her nanny worked, she is not qualified to speak for the needs of women in the job market.
I recently received a political flier from Jim Patterson suggesting than we continue to follow his “experienced and proven leadership.” Jim has retained his position as San Luis Obispo County supervisor for the past eight years.
He offers ineffective, impractical solutions to irrelevant issues, creating more opportunities for government to intervene in the private lives of citizens. He touts the “smart/sustainable growth” policies that would force us out of our family cars so we can all collectively wait in line for buses and trains.
Small town living would be a thing of the past. He claims to have built, almost single handedly, a new fire station here in Creston. Yes, built with our tax money in the middle of our best ag land and now we hear we can’t afford to man it 24/7 as predicted.
He has raised the cost of mandatory business inspections and county permit fees. He voted for a six-month jail sentence and $100-a-day fine for small businesses that give out a plastic bag to shoppers.
His flier claims he’s making “competent progress”? What we’ve seen for the past eight years is “incompetent leadership.”