God is not watching
Attn: Major League Baseball players: In case you missed the memo, your pointing to the sky, clapping your hands in joy and kissing your fingers after hitting a home run is not being answered; God had nothing to do with your swing or where the ball went or how far.
God has more serious concerns about world problems and his people and is just not sitting on a large white cloud, eating a hot dog, sipping an adult beverage and watching a MLB game. Although God may have some concerns about the money you players make each year, playing a kids’ game.
San Luis Obispo
Pay for education
The discussion about class size in K-12 schools has now reached the presidential campaign with Mitt Romney suggesting that larger classes are as efficient as smaller.
If you want to know what class size is the best, find out what the expensive private schools provide. Will rich parents tolerate classes with 40 students and one teacher? Private schools don’t advertise their large classes. They advertise close interaction with teachers in small classes. They advertise diversity in subjects offered. They advertise physical health as well as intellectual growth.
Ideally, wealthy Americans and politicians would contribute to and participate in public education for the benefit of the entire country. Instead, the trend is to splinter public schools and reduce teaching staff and subject offerings in order to simultaneously reduce the contributions of public schools and reduce the opportunities of the middle class.
In education, as in hamburgers, you get what you pay for. If you want our youth to have opportunities for personal growth and good health, you must pay for it. Otherwise you get ignorance and despair.
Thanks from SARP
The Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Center of San Luis Obispo County would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who participated in the 10th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes presented by !Romp on April 28 in Mission Plaza.
Our partnership was made complete by the generous support of our Platinum Pump sponsors (Santa Barbara Bank & Trust and Verdin) and our Silver Sneaker Sponsors (Cal Poly, Snap Cubby, Left Coast T-Shirt Company and the Interfraternity Council at Cal Poly).
The SARP Center is the only rape crisis center providing 24-hour crisis services and counseling to survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones. This would not be possible without the support of our community, as this year’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes presented by !Romp was the most successful ever, raising nearly $10,000!
We’d also like to thank all our vendors for making this year’s Family Fun Fair a great day for all our wonderful walkers and their families who joined us on this men’s march to end sexual assault in SLO County.
A special thanks to all the dedicated volunteers who made sure this year’s event was the best!
Executive director, Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Center of SLO County
Hoist by own petard
Several recent articles indicate that the TV networks are waking up to the fact that their former audiences have apparently reached their tolerance point for the number and length of advertisement interruptions.
This may explain why the quality of shows has diminished as ads increase, because people sophisticated enough to have other options such as using an ad-filtering recorder, watching online or picking up a book haven’t been regular watchers of real-time TV for quite a while.
Of course, the network executives brought this on themselves with their greed because more ads bring in more income, while cheap programming such as reality shows has allowed them to keep more of that ad income for themselves. They may have killed the goose that laid the golden egg.
San Luis Obispo
Voting is a duty
Several democracies around the world (including my native country of Italy) have a much higher voter turnout than this country does.
In some countries, such as Australia, voting is compulsory and there is a fine for not voting. Now, I believe that it is not right to force anybody to vote.
In Italy, from an early age, I was taught that voting is not a right, but a duty, and I totally agree with that.
The next time somebody, regardless of party affiliation, tells me that they are not going to vote, I am going to tell them (nicely) that they should give up their citizenship and go live in another country.
Until we come to realize, in this country, that voting is a duty and get serious about it, we will not be able to shape the future of our nation.
Our future will be shaped by others.