Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 9/25

Poisoned debate

I attended both Kevin McCarthy’s and Lois Capps’ town hall meetings. Her meeting was indeed a wake-up call (“Not an open forum,” Sept. 18). The focus was on well-presented information, and it covered the controversial aspects of the bill.

At the beginning, Lois collected and collated all the questions people wanted answered, then took one from each pile. The question I wrote down was answered even though it came from someone else’s pen. At her meeting, people were politely asked not to yell out when someone else was talking. Some anti-health care reformists ignored the request.

In contrast, people at “open” forums often want to give uninformed speeches, which waste time.

At Kevin’s meeting, we were told about “death panels,” and we were quoted squirrely statistics from the Lewin group, whose parent company is a major health insurance company. None of his constituents questioned any of his information.

The Democrats have it right: the Republican strategy against health care reform is simple: to poison the debate with lies and then drown out any serious debate by yelling and screaming as loudly as possible.

Norm Jackson


Sad state of affairs

Every day we have a person like Dan De Vaul in court we grow more and more insane.

While we are blasted with immature sports “stars,” totally self-centered entertainment “stars,” and rude, racist politicians, we haul a person who is truly a saint into court and beat him up over things we could have helped him correct, because the millionaires next door don’t like him as a neighbor.

What a sad state of affairs for us and the United States.

Mark Salwasser

Arroyo Grande

Appreciate De Vaul

With all the moaning and carrying on about Dan DeVaul, has anyone ever thought to thank him, or appreciate all he has done for homeless people in the San Luis Obispo area?

People want to close him down because they don’t want to see his place in the view from their yards, but where or when has anyone offered any solutions to these problems? Where are these people supposed to go? Is there enough room under the bridge for them?

Ruth Starr

San Luis Obispo

Teach them to fish

I’ve got an idea for letter writers Louis Gibson and Peti Johnson. They are at odds over spending 4 million to 6 million taxpayer dollars on a homeless campus. A long-term solution would be be for federal, state and local governments to embrace the concept of: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he can feed himself for a lifetime.”

The current administration in Washington seems to have a different philosophy by making government bigger, more intrusive and more regulated. This “nanny state” is the opposite of promoting individual responsibility and independence.

Whether the taxpayers cough up for the homeless shelter or not, I will continue to use coupons at the Food 4 Less and bag my own groceries. I have the feeling that Louis Gibson might be in the next checkstand.

Steve Reeves


Missing the point

The conservative says, “Well, when we did this, you said that ...;” The liberal says, “Yeah well, just because you weren’t able to have this doesn’t mean we can’t ...” How many times have we heard this juvenile and unending circular “debate” rage on and on?

When my brother and I got into such spats when I was five years old, my mommy would tell us that in our bickering we were missing the point. Hmm ... maybe she did know what she was talking about.

David Orr

Arroyo Grande

Less work? Use time

Not long ago, many Californians were complaining about working too long and not having enough time for rest and family. Then the recession hit and now people are complaining about having too few work hours and losing income to unpaid furlough. There’s a certain irony to that.

People, invest your free time at home with family activities and catch up on your sleep. Don’t complain. Those who have lost their jobs outright can learn skills and crafts; read and/or correspond; write fiction or nonfiction books; enjoy family activities; do volunteer work; or seek a job more compatible than your last one. And remind yourself about many former complaints over long overtime hours and lack of sleep and family time.

Steve T. Kobara

San Luis Obispo

Dancing for health

It’s interesting how we look back to our younger days and think, “Wow, isn’t 65 old, and now I’m approaching it.” Yes indeed, some people might consider us “over the hill,” but I think today a lot of us are enjoying the fruits of our labor.

With an ever-changing way of life, it is hoped that as a senior citizen we have come along with the times. I found myself at 30 working two jobs and viewing myself in the mirror saying, “If I want to be healthy and feeling great in my senior years, I must continue my healthy habits and add a few things on the way.”

Good genes help, too.

My passions are music and dancing, which fit in with walking. They make walking more interesting and really fun, and inspire my positive attitude. Time passes quickly and you even work up a sweat.

I walk to the beat every day but Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You may pass by me with a toot, wave or smile — my thanks to you! This will be my routine for a long time. I do hope that others may be inspired to do what they so desire to maintain a healthy way of life.

Chris Strasser

Arroyo Grande