Not a revered spot
Regarding the proposed “Your American Heritage” monument in the Galaxy Theatres plaza (Joetopia, June 3): I am disappointed that the talked-about monument was even considered for the location in front of a movie theater in Atascadero. I have a military family: My husband, son, daughter, son-in-law and a grandson who spent three years as a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Since you’ve been to Washington, D.C., you must know how the monuments are placed in revered locations. There are other places in this caring little town that would be more appropriate.
Please help us consider a new place.
If you didn’t see it on PBS on Memorial Day, I ask that you watch at least a good part of “Hell and Back Again” the next time it is on.
An independent photographer follows a troop in Afghanistan and Sgt. Nathan Harris, on his third tour of duty, when he is shot the day before the end of that tour. He follows his progress back home.
It is compelling to see the bravery of Harris and his wife as he — no, they — go through his long trial of recovery from a destroyed hip and leg. Harris is in a lot of pain, which is eased by drugs, but the drugs make him hard for his wife to deal with at times. She is an angel with her patience and endurance and dedication to her husband and their little girl.
It only made me more sure we need to get our troops out of there. The villagers don’t want us; they would rather be under the thumb of the Taliban than have their families killed and homes and crops destroyed by our troops. And I agree.
We cannot determine for the rest of the world what sort of governing should be for them.
Our violent interference is just a continuance of Western Imperialism, which has caused misery all over the world for several centuries.
Not getting the logic
In February 2010, Paso Robles applied for a $2.6 million grant to build a park at 36th and Spring streets. The grant was awarded, but it was not free money. Our city set aside $1.5 million to prepare the site. To date, over $1 million has been spent by the city. Taxpayers will be paying for this park for the next 30 years because we signed a 30-year ground lease.
In 2010, the city paid $240,000 to build a new library at Oak and 36th streets. It is city-run but only open three days per week for three hours per day. This new study center is complete with computers.
This money could have gone a long way toward repairing roads and fixing our streets. If we needed a new park, why are we trying to outsource the parks we have because we can’t afford them? We already have a study center at our library on 12th Street. It’s a beautiful library already complete with computers.
Try as I might, I just do not understand the logic here. I know this money has already been spent and there is nothing we can do about it, but now I understand why our city needs to ask for a tax increase in November just a little bit better.